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Adobe acrobat APIs to enable PDF

Posted on 2014-09-02
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Last Modified: 2014-09-02
Dear EE,

We have used one adobe acrobat APIs to enable PDF writing support into out system.

This API is not a new one and is packaged within Adobe Acrobat professional editions.

Please confirm can we use that API freely and enable PDF support for out system.

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Question by:Netsol-NOS
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Brad Groux earned 2000 total points
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If you have a paid version of Adobe Acrobat you have a license to use the API as listed. For legal reasons you may want to insure that you have a license for each server/webserver that is hosting the application.

If you don't want to pay for a full Acrobat license as a paid service, you can also utilize the PDF export, import and various aspect of other APIs at Acrobat.com. See the attached PDF for the licensing agreement for that paid service.

Author Comment

ID: 40299151
Dear Brad,

Thank you for your quick reply.

Please confirm one thing that can this be implemented on ADOBE freeware.

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by:Brad Groux
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I believe the freeware version is covered, but you'd have to review the exact licensing requirements. There are various open-source PDF APIs, including...

iTextSharp - https://www.nuget.org/packages/iTextSharp-LGPL
iText (Java) - http://java-source.net/open-source/pdf-libraries
Spire PDF (.NET) = http://pdfapi.codeplex.com/
PDFBox (Apache) - http://pdfbox.apache.org/

Again, verify their license usage - as their licensing will differ per product. As an example, the iTextSharp I listed above is an older version but allows for LGPL... the latest version requires AGPL, meaning all apps using the newest version must also be AGPL licensed.

The license legality will depend greatly on what you are using the API for.

Author Comment

ID: 40299211
Dear Brad,
Actually we have some limitation to use only ADOBE.

We only used one Adobe Acrobat API to enable PDF writing support in to our system.
This API is not new one and it is packaged within Adobe Acrobat Professional editions and we have Professional license purchased.

If we have Professional edition license can we use that API (that enable PDF writing support into our system) freely.


Author Closing Comment

ID: 40300304
Yes, Brad is right

Client need to purchase paid version of Adobe Acrobat Professional to use the API in Application. Client need to purchase separate licenses for each server/web server to avoid any Legal Issues.

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