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Re: [opensuse-factory] Let's keep acroread for pure reasons of usability.
On Thursday 07 November 2013, Carlos E. R. wrote:
On Thursday, 2013-11-07 at 11:44 -0200, Luiz Fernando Ranghetti wrote:
Of course Carlos case is a valid case and indeed he needs acroread,
but is a corner case.

All utility here (electricity, gas, water, telephone, etc) send their
receipts via paper, but all of them push for the clients to switch to
"electronic receipts", which mean PDF, and usually those PDFs are
signed. Unless signed electronically they don't have legal value;
with the signature, they are valid.

Only acroread supports signature verification. I have tried the same
receipt on okular and evince, and they don't even say there is a

(interestingly, the receipt was generated not by adobe software,
but by 3-Heights(TM) PDF Producer)

The other feature is PDF XFA form filling. None of the available open
source programs fully support forms. You need acroread to at least
compare and see if the alternatives are good enough or not, per case.
These forms may contain javascript code.

Seriously, have you tried google-chrome's built-in pdf viewer yet?
This is one of the closed source parts of chrome and I could imagine
that it's less broken than okular, evince and friends. Moreover could
be that many pdf creaters have tested their pdfs with chrome because it
has so widely useed and the build-in viewer is enabled by default.

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