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Answers to some basic questions about Adobe Acrobat,
PDF files, and readers.
- How do I
download a PDF file?
- There are many web browsers out there, and each is
different. An Adobe Acrobat PDF file needs an Adobe Acrobat
Reader to be viewed or printed. Assuming you have an
Acrobat reader, most browsers give you two choices:
- View the file right now on screen. This
is typically the default. It's what happens if you
left-click the file name. The reader opens up inside
your browser and allows you to see the chart on your
screen. The disadvantage is that when you disconnect, you
no longer have the file. (Actually, it's probably in a
temporary directory, but that won't help most users.)
- Download the file. Most browsers require
you to right click the file, and list a bunch of choices.
Pick the one most like "Save
Target As" (remember each browser
has its own terminology). This is what most users want to
do. If you download it, you have it on your computer. You
can open it a week from now, email it to someone else as
an attachment, print it on your printer, etc.
- Adobe Acrobat
- With Acrobat Reader, users can view, navigate, and print
documents in the Portable Document
Format (PDF). Adobe Systems Incorporated
created the Portable Document
Format to allow documents to be read
online on all platforms. PDF files are designed to look
the same, no matter what machine you view them on. Adobe
offers free Acrobat reader programs for a long
list of platforms, including:
||Win NT 3.5.1
||Win NT 4.0
an Adobe Acrobat Reader
- The easiest way to get an Acrobat reader is to download
it directly from Adobe
(http://www.adobe.com/acrobat/readstep.html). Just click
the button below to get the reader.
have an Adobe Acrobat Reader?
What's an Acrobat file?
would I want an Acrobat Reader?
- Acrobat has rapidly become a standard format on the world
wide web. Government agencies ranging from the Federal
Reserve Board to the Census Bureau make many of their
documents available for free download as PDF files. Many
companies publish documentation on the web as PDF files.
With an Acrobat Reader, you can view, navigate, and print
those documents. With thethe Acrobat Search plug-in, you
can perform quick full-text searches of PDF document
collections that have been indexed with Acrobat Catalog.
This search capability has led to Acrobat's widespread
use on CD-ROMs as well. Best of all, the reader that lets
you access all that is free!
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Last modified: April 06, 2005