[permaculture] Re: Holmgren Collected Writings, PDFs

Graham Burnett grahamburnett at blueyonder.co.uk
Thu Mar 28 04:45:44 EST 2002

I visited david's site a little while back, as I remember some articles were
freee to be reprinted, others not, and I think that was intentional IIRC


----- Original Message -----
From: "John Schinnerer" <eco_living at yahoo.com>
To: <permaculture at lists.ibiblio.org>
Sent: Thursday, March 28, 2002 8:47 AM
Subject: Re: [permaculture] Re: Holmgren Collected Writings, PDFs

> Aloha,
> > The release of David Holmgren's material online has stimulated
> > discussion on
> > the international pemaculture listserv about hacking the PDF
> > print-protection coding to enable the document to be printed from
> > David's websit.
> As someone else also posted, the print button is not necessarily
> disabled, at least not for some of us...after the other post, I checked
> a few of the articles David put up on my system (vanilla Win98 box,
> Acrobat Reader 5.0, nothing at all fancy or out of the ordinary) and
> there's no hacking involved - the print button was functional.
> David, you might want to make sure people coming to the PDFs from
> whatever various avenues they do come from are aware that you have not
> provided them to be freely printed.  Appears there are some bugs in the
> print button disabling...
> I second the comments about PDF being lousy for screen reading.  I
> usually won't read anything in PDF unless I absolutely have to.
> Also, compared to plain text, simple structured text and even fancier
> structured text such as HTML, etc. , PDF is IMO (for screen display) a
> bloated file format and a bloody waste of bandwidth.  This is of course
> partly because it carries all the info necessary for good quality
> printed reproduction.
> Adobe is very clever with the "free reader" marketing angle, but PDF is
> not an 'open' format at all.  I believe there are some open source
> alternatives in the works but I'm not up on that branch of open source
> at all right now...warlock, you there?  Know of any open source PDF
> alternatives?
> =====
> John Schinnerer, MA
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