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Re: I need to understand better, but I think I like it !
rowlind   2/15/2012 4:15:53 AM
im so agree

David Opsahl
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Re: Is interest building?
David Opsahl   2/15/2012 9:52:42 AM
David makes a great observation about the way this is being used today. At more than one conference, I've seen people use 3D PDF as a means to present concepts, ideas, etc. because of its lightweight footprint but capable functionality. In many cases these are individual users who acquired the product on their own (as opposed to corporate-wide implementations) because its inexpensive, easy to use, fits a variety of needs, and is highly functional. Its a bit like knowing how many use Powerpoint for a particular purpose - not really possible.

One elaboration on David's comments - the ability to comment or markup doesn't require Acrobat; it can be done with Reader, provided the author as enabled something in the PDF called Reader Extensions. This again is a HUGE benefit - if I want someone to have the ability to comment, but not the ability to measure, I simply enable that configuation in Acrobat as part of the publishing. This gives the author control over what features the recipient has access to.

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