In the past we have purchased the ICC codes and the NFPA Life Safety Code on CD. The ability to search the entire code (or code set) has been invaluable to performing thorough code reviews. However, for a number of years it seems like every time Adobe updates Acrobat Reader it breaks the highly fragile DRM scheme the code organizations use to protect their copyright. This has gotten so bad lately that we have pretty much given up on even trying and now use the free online versions. If UpCodes is even remotely cost competitive, it might be a decent alternative.
Felder Group Architects
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ICC Codes published in PDF are now using the latest watermarking technology to avoid the issues with the DRM that was mentioned in your posts, so the Code Council members and customers no longer will have to deal with the DRM issues that were caused when adobe released new versions of pdf. Hamid Naderi, P.E. CBO, Senior VP, Product Development, International Code Council, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.iccsafe.org