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From Glen Mazza <grm7...@yahoo.com>
Subject Re: Valid version of the PDF specification?
Date Mon, 11 Oct 2004 14:06:20 GMT
1.4 (Copyright 2001) is fine for us.

--- Clay Leeds <cleeds@medata.com> wrote:

> My preference is similar to Jeremias' preference. I
> prefer we move to a 
> higher requirement(s) when there are clear and
> expressed needs for such 
> moves. In fact, I would prefer we support 1.3 by
> default, and only 
> require 1.4 or 1.5 for those items and features
> which require it. I 
> admit, my knowledge of the spec is incomplete at
> best, but I'd like to 
> see FOP work toward greater inclusion, moving toward
> wider support 
> rather than narrowing our list of prospective
> consumers.
> 
> On a similar note, I think changes to FOP minimum
> requirements for 
> output (and minimum requirements for running FOP)
> should be the result 
> of an established need.
> 
> On Oct 9, 2004, at 5:46 AM, Glen Mazza wrote:
> > OK -- PDF 1.4 it is.  I agree with supporting
> Acrobat
> > V5.  However, I don't see backwards compatibility
> > concerns as much of an issue here, given the
> Acrobat
> > Reader is free and pretty easy to download.
> 
> It is free and easy to download, but the issue of
> system requirements 
> [2] come into play, especially with regard to Adobe
> Reader 6.0.1 (see 
> [2] for more on 6.x requirements). Since PDF 1.4
> probably requires 
> Adobe Acrobat Reader 5.x. I thought I'd post its
> requirements here:
> 
> Acrobat Reader 5.0 system requirements
> (in addition to 24MB-60MB of Hard Disk)
> ================================
>   Windows
>   
>   

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> Microsoft Windows 95 OSR 2.0 or better
>   

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> 64MB of RAM
> 
>   Macintosh
>   

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> Mac OS 8.6*, 9.0.4, 9.1, or Mac OS X*
>   

> ATTACHMENT part 8 image/gif x-unix-mode=0666;
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> 64MB of RAM
>   

> ATTACHMENT part 10 image/gif x-unix-mode=0666;
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> * Some features may not be available.
> 
>   IBM AIX
>   

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> IBM AIX 4.3.3, 5.1
>   

> ATTACHMENT part 14 image/gif x-unix-mode=0666;
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> 64MB of available RAM (128MB recommended)
> 
>   HP-UX
>   

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> HP-UX 10.2, 11.0
>   

> ATTACHMENT part 18 image/gif x-unix-mode=0666;
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> 64MB of available RAM (128MB recommended)
> 
>   Linux
>   

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> Linux 2.2 kernel on X86 computer
>   

> ATTACHMENT part 22 image/gif x-unix-mode=0666;
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> 64MB of available RAM
> 
>   Sun Solaris - SPARC®
>   

> ATTACHMENT part 24 image/gif x-unix-mode=0666;
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> Sun Solaris 2.6, 7, and 8 supported on SPARC and
> UltraSPARC® computers
>   

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> 64MB of available RAM
> 
> After seeing the broad spectrum of support,
> requiring Acrobat 5.x is 
> probably fine, but it would be nice to have a
> fall-back for supporting 
> pre 5.x (PDF 1.3). If it just means not supporting
> URLs or bookmarks or 
> something--especially if it doesn't add too much to
> the development--it 
> may be a small price to pay for the benefit.
> 
> Web Maestro Clay
> 
> > Thanks,
> > Glen
> >
> > --- Jeremias Maerki <dev.jeremias@greenmail.ch>
> wrote:
> >> Do you have a particular reason for this? A
> feature that you need from
> >> 1.5? Most of the people I know who are users of
> Adobe Acrobat are 
> >> still
> >> with version 5 which uses PDF 1.4. Only a small
> number of people have
> >> upgraded their Acrobat Reader to version 6. Start
> time of AR6 is a 
> >> PITA
> >> so I personally love to stick with v5 as long as
> possible.
> >>
> >> One problem I see is that as soon as you state
> PDF 1.5 in your PDF 
> >> file
> >> you will get warnings in Acrobat versions 5.x.
> That might annoy some
> >> people. I understand that PDF 1.3 is now
> outdated, but I'd prefer to
> >> stay with PDF 1.4 for the time being.
> >>
> >> On 09.10.2004 03:28:29 Glen Mazza wrote:
> >>> Team,
> >>>
> >>> Which version [1] of the PDF spec does FOP
> follow?
> >>
> >>> Can HEAD use the most recent, version 1.5 from
> August
> >>> 2003?
> >>>
> >>> Thanks,
> >>> Glen
> >>>
> >>> [1]
> >>
> >
>
http://partners.adobe.com/asn/tech/pdf/specifications.jsp
> >>
> >> Jeremias Maerki
> 
> [2]
>
http://www.adobe.com/products/acrobat/acrrsystemreqs.html
> 
> Web Maestro Clay
> -- 
> Clay Leeds - <cleeds@medata.com>
> Webmaster/Developer - Medata, Inc. -
> <http://www.medata.com/>
> PGP Public Key:
> <https://mail.medata.com/pgp/cleeds.asc>
> 
> 


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