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PDF stands for "Portable Document Format." It is a file type that was created to allow formatted documents to be widely distributed regardless of whether specific fonts or postscript files are available to the viewer's system. PDF files have the ability to embed specialized fonts and images within the document as they are distributed. This ensures that as long as you have the ability to read PDF files on your system, you will see the document exactly as formatted by its authors.
The PDF format was originally created by Adobe Systems. This company freely distributes its Adobe Acrobat Reader software to anyone who wishes to view PDF files. The software is available at the Adobe web site.
Most web browsers currently support plug-ins for PDF files. Information on acquiring the PDF plug-in file can be found at the Netscape web site.
The Adobe Acrobat Reader can be installed as a helper application in most browsers. To do this, follow these steps:
PDF files look exactly like the original document.
Controlling the appearance of documents on the web is a challenge. With PDF, however, you can achieve the highest quality and maintain the greatest control, preserving the integrity of the design including scalable typefaces and graphics. Although they contain the complete formatting of the original document, PDF files are compact, allowing even the most complex information to be transmitted. And PDF files maintain their formatting even when printed, no matter what printer you use. Only by publishing in PDF can you control what you (or your audience) see.
Additional information about creating, reading and distributing PDF files can be found at the Adobe Acrobat web site.
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