PPT vs PDF :) (was: RE: Burning the Cosmic Commons Talk)

From: Frank Prengel (fprengel@myokay.net)
Date: Tue Oct 17 2000 - 13:47:17 MDT

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Eugene Leitl
> reason, don't have to buy PowerPoint to see the presentation. Mac,
> BeOS and *nix users need not apply.

Sad, but true. You're right. Which does not justify your sweeping statement that
this makes the document "useless" (for everyone, that means). But I'd better
shut up on this... :)

> audience is not required to deal with the format. Apart from that use
> of proprietary (linked to a single platform or application) formats is
> to be avoided, if the maximum possible audience is to be targeted.

Am I right in assuming that PDF, too, is a proprietary format? That you have to
buy Acrobat from Adobe to *produce* PDF documents? (Sure, readers are free,
since the want people to use their format.) Or is there a freeware tool that
would turn my PPT into PDF?


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