I just passed on what I was told by Arbortext tech support. I had a case about a PDF problem and they wanted me to try PDF Direct instead of Acrobat. When I couldn't make it work, the tech delved into what I had licensed. He told me that PDF Direct was only built into Styler and I would need to buy a Styler license (or a PE server) to use it.
I thought I was passing a fact, but now it sounds like something changed since the PDF case was worked (by the way, my case was caused by some missing registry entries for Acrobat).
I guarantee that if I remove acrobat distiller that the Compose-->PDF selection will be greyed out even though I have a print composer license installed. On June 12th 2014, the company issued a new laptop for me, but didn't transfer the Acrobat software from the old one and I couldn't composer PDFs. It may be because I use version 5.3m040, but the Arbortext tech didn't mention versions as a factor; just whether there was a Styler (or server) license or not..
Andy Esslinger, (817) 279-0442, (817) 777 3047
Integrated Fighter Group
LM Aero, Tech Order Data (TOD)
1 Lockheed Blvd, Mail Zone 6634
White Settlement, TX 76108-3916