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The Cost of Playback

Another reason for the slow adoption of rich-media PDF was the financial decision to charge for the enhanced rich-media playback capabilities that were possible only from Acrobat. Even though you could link audio and video to a PDF file since version 1.1 (Acrobat 2), the home user needed to own the full version of Acrobat 2 to play the rich media! If you put an interactive PDF with a linked video on a CD and sent it to a customer, the user would need Acrobat installed to play it; Reader would not play the video! The additional fee for video playback was becoming a major complaint from developers.

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