Technical Support - Reading PDF Files
Why PDF (Portable Document Format)?
While HTML is great for displaying information on
the Web, it is not very structured and is not the best choice for producing online manuals
and booklets that require rigid text formatting.
PDF is the de facto standard for electronic distribution of
documents because it's the best way to keep the look and feel of the document intact. PDF
files are compact, cross platforms, and can be viewed by anyone with a free Acrobat
Additional benefits of using PDF
PDF files can be distributed globally via e-mail, the Web, corporate
intranets or CD-ROM
Acrobat Reader's navigation and zoom features enable closer review of
PDF file text and images, even within your browser!
PDF files can be easily viewed and printed a page at a time. Links,
annotations, live forms, security options, video, and sound can be added to PDF files for
enhanced online viewing with Adobe(R) Acrobat.
How to Read PDF Files?
If you don't already have the free Adobe
Acrobat Reader software and want to view PDF files, you'll have to download it. This
reader is available free of charge from the Adobe Acrobat
There are Acrobat Reader versions for all major computer platforms,
including Windows, Windows 95, Macintosh, Sun and UNIX. To download the reader, you'll
need a computer and a web browser (such as Netscape Navigator or Internet Explorer)
connected to the Internet. If you are using a modem to connect to the Internet, it may
take you extra time to complete the download.
Please follow the instructions on the Adobe Acrobat
Download Page to download and install the Acrobat Reader.
Once you've downloaded and installed the Acrobat Reader, you'll be
able to view PDF files simply by clicking on the link to the PDF file in your browser.
Either the browser will handle the PDF file, or it will bring up another program for
viewing the PDF file. Either way, a special window will appear that contains buttons that
work only for PDF files. Use these buttons to navigate through the file. If you're having
trouble, visit the Adobe Acrobat support site for more information.