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are PDF (.pdf) Files by Acrobat Reader?
Portable Document Format (PDF)
- What is a PDF file?
A Portable Document Format (pdf) file is a self-contained
cross-platform document. In plain language, it is a file that will look the
same on the screen and in print, regardless of what kind of computer or
printer someone is using and regardless of what software package was
originally used to create it.
Although they contain the complete formatting of the original document,
including fonts and images, PDF files are highly compressed, allowing
complex information to be downloaded efficiently.
- Why does one use the PDF format?
Because pdf format allows the reliable reproduction of published material on
many different platforms (requiring only the use of free reader software),
it is a way to conveniently and quickly disseminate information including
text, tables, and graphics.
- How to Download the softwareVirtually anyone - including Windows, DOS, Macintosh, SUN, and UNIX
system users - can view and print a PDF file using the free Adobe(R)
Acrobat(R) Reader, from the Adobe web site.
Download a FREE
copy of Adobe Acrobat Reader
For assistance in downloading and installing the software, see Adobe
Acrobat Reader Troubleshooting Guide at Adobe's Web Site.
Adobe also has information about PDF and the visually
How to View PDF Files
Once the Acrobat Reader software is properly installed, you just need to
click on a link to a .pdf file and it will be loaded for viewing on your
computer. Note that the file is sent to your computer as a temporary file
that will be deleted when you exit your browser.
PDF files are indicated by the following graphic following the filename
How to Print PDF Files
When printing Adobe Acrobat PDF files from within your web browser, do NOT
use the web browser print facility. Instead, use the print button at the
left end of the special Adobe Acrobat tool bar, which appears immediately
above the viewing window. See illustration below for location of this print
How to Save PDF Files
To save the file for later use once you have loaded it for viewing, on most
browsers you just select "File" then "Save As..." from
the menu bar. To just save without viewing, place the cursor over the link
to the pdf file, hold down the shift key and click the mouse. This should
bring up the "Save As" window.
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