Not completely mind, it’ll most likely be a free download, but that’s not the point. This was one of the great new features I liked about Office 2007. The idea of being to save straight to PDF would be a real time saver. I’ve used the plugin Acrobat sell (!?) and it’s a bugger to work with.
Why has it been removed you ask? Well I’d like to think it’s because Adobe want to screw money out of people, but it seems to be more complex than that. And no one has yet to give a straight answer. Adobe don’t want Microsoft to include the feature out of the box, so they won’t.
But this strikes me as odd given the fact that OpenOffice and numerous other applications have provided this functionality for years. Oh well, go figure!
- Brain Jones – Legal issues around PDF support
- Brain Jones – Follow-up on PDF legal issues
- Arstechnica post
- Jorris Poelman – To PDF or not to PDF?