can Acrobat files be edited? -Reply

Subject: can Acrobat files be edited? -Reply
From: Bill Sullivan <bsullivan -at- SMTPLINK -dot- DELTECPOWER -dot- COM>
Date: Wed, 26 Mar 1997 12:52:43 -0800

Eric Brown has a client:
>>They're considering CD-ROM and Web distribution of their academic
papers. One of them has 'heard' that Acrobat files can be converted
to RTF via some shareware utility. The thought has spooked them --
they're very fearful of plagiarism. Does anyone know of such a
utility -- or whether the idea is even possible? Or is there a better
solution than Acrobat? Thanks in advance.

Hey, Eric, why not make them really paranoid? Tell them about optical
character recognition software which takes virtually any document a
person scans and transforms it into a file he or she can open, edit
and otherwise enjoy in a word processor program.

To put it another way, the way to prevent plagiarism of your stuff is
not by refusing to put it out there.

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