Many requests to Steinberg involve them spending money. “Add this feature…” (development time), “add this plugin…” (licensing cost), etc. This one is a potential profit center and at worst is a break even proposition.
Third-party printing and binding of professionally produced pdfs on recycled paper in medium sized runs is inexpensive. Have the printer do the distribution (which happens a lot) or in the US have Synthax do it, charge $70 for it, everyone makes some money. Thereby enable the unique application of a printed manual that can’t be fulfilled with a pdf one.
We work in large broadcast applications, if we attempted to keep paper manuals of everything our facilities would be covered in manuals instead of gear. Hundreds of models of equipment. That’s to say I’m very familiar with pdf manuals and their use and I refer to them regularly. In this application, studying a manual during off times to improve skills, a paper manual is often better. It CAN BE DONE with pdfs but a paper one is better. Why? That’s individual and not answerable between users, but if the customer is served and money is to be made doing it, why not?