A friend says she used to use Adobe Reader (the free version) to fill out her taxes from pdf forms provided by the IRS.
Now they have a new Adobe Reader X , which Adobe says fills out pdf forms where that is enabled by the author using Adobe Acrobat or one other Adobe Product. It says that on one webpage but on another it includes "or by a similar product".
A) Is that some clever way of saying, Adobe Reader won't usually fill out a form, because too many people don't use Adobe products to write the forms?
B) Do the free versions of Adobe *reader* 9 and 10 allow one to fill in IRS forms, save them, and print them?
C) If not, what free or low-cost Windows applications do allow one to fill in IRS forms, save them, and print them?
What about state tax forms?
D) Is there a way to dl adobe reader 10, X, without AIR? AFAICT, she has no use for AIR, but it will take up space and confuse things. Here's a list of ten AIR-based apps, and neither she nor I have any use for any of them: http://news.cnet.com/8301-17939_109-10297798-2.html
E) In order to make the IRS forms adobe-reader-fillable, would the government have to buy more than one copy of Adobe Acrobat? I know they have 100's, 100's?, of forms, and probably many are finalized just in time for various deadlines, like so many months before the year ends, or before April 15, but surely they wouldn't have to give every form-writer a fully licensed Adobe Acrobat. Couldn't they have someone who did nothing but open IRS forms in Adobe Acrobabt and enable them to be Adobe-reader-fillable? And shouldn't Adobe give the government a discount or a better deal of some sort anyhow? They are doing as much as anyone to spread pdf around.
Plus it's just absurd to make them buy a license for everyone who writes or modifies forms. It drags taxpayers away from Adobe Reader and Adobe in general, and that is contrary to Adobe's interests.
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