Alternatives to Acrobat Search

Subject: Alternatives to Acrobat Search
From: Bill Hartzer <XBJH%mimi -at- MAGIC -dot- ITG -dot- TI -dot- COM>
Date: Wed, 28 Aug 1996 09:18:50 -0500

Donna Apgar wrote:

"Can you also purchase a license from Adobe for distributing Acrobat
Reader and Search plug-in for .PDF (one title - catalog) files on your
web site?"

This would not be a title license because it is on the Web and is not
controllable like a CD-ROM is. However, you can provide the Adobe
Acrobat Reader for free on your WWW site and there's also a plug-in for
Netscape that allows .PDF files to be read directly through the Netscape
browser. You can put that plug-in on your site, as well. Instead of
using Catalog and Search for CD-ROMs, Adobe has a bunch of products that
are geared towards publishing .PDF files on the Internet. Check out

This provides a great overview of Adobe's Internet Publishing Products,
which includes, HTML (Adobe PageMill, Adobe SiteMill, etc.), Electronic
Documentation (Adobe Acrobat), GIF and JPEG Graphics (Adobe Photoshop),
and Digital Video (Adobe After Effects and Adobe Premiere). All of
these products allow you to publish doc on the Internet.

To answer your original question regarding Searching on the Internet, I
also looked to Adobe's WWW site. It looks like Adobe PageMill or Adobe
SiteMill is the way to go. However, there's only one problem (if it's a
problem): it's only avaiable for the Macintosh.

If you want to allow your users to do more complex searching, there are
a lot of other search engines out there that are available for use on
the internet. For starters, I'd try a program called Simple Search.
According to the developers, "This package allows you to implement a
simple search program into your site so that users can search specified
text documents based on keywords." You can download Simple Search for
free at:

There is also a demo there so you can see how it works. In my opinion,
it works just fine.

To get more free tools for you web site such as counters, etc. check

Hope this helps!

Bill Hartzer Bill Hartzer
Contract Technical Writer President
Texas Instruments, Inc. Highfield Marketing Group, Inc.
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