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      18.12.2002 23:48
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      Adobe Acrobat is one of the most essential tools to exchange documents by electronic media. In India it is widely used and I have not come across any other similar software. ------------------------------------------------------- Why it so popular? ------------------------------------------------------- # It has small file size and independent of platform. # PDF is a perfect system for distributing undistorted documents by electronic media. One can distribute the documents through the Internet, Intranet of organizations. Floppy / CD also can used for storing. PDF documents can be sent by Email to other users directly from Acrobat, as attachment of Email # Added advantage is its compatibility with online navigation. According to its guides it is independent of platform. However, other than Window I have not used PDF files in any other platform. Acrobat can convert practically any document from any application to a compact and searchable PDF File (Portable Document Format). Documents in PDF file maintain the exact look of the originals with fonts and graphics. Acrobat Reader (Size: 8.41 MB) is free software available or may be downloaded from Adobe Web site at http://www.adobe.com. With the free Adobe Acrobat Reader 5.0, one can view and print Adobe PDF files across a broad range of hardware and software. Adobe Acrobat software with PDF maker is not a free package. One has to purchase it. This software is required to convert files of MS to PDF document. ------------------------------------------------------- System requirements ------------------------------------------------------- For Adobe Acrobat 5.0 with PDF Maker - I prefer Pentium III or above with operating system Microsoft Windows. Window 95 OSR 2.0, Windows 98 Second Edition, Windows Millennium Edition, Windows NT 4.0 with Service Pack 5 or 6 (Service Pack 6 recommended), Windows 2000 are well suited. They are sup
      posed to update it for XP but I have no information about such development. Hard disk with 32 MB of RAM (64 MB is recommended) and 120 MB of available hard disk space is minimum. Additional 32 MB of space if someone go for other additional fonts. CD-ROM drive is required for installation. For Acrobat reader 5.0 - Hard disk with 16 MB of RAM (32 recommended), 15 MB of available hard disk space. For Asian fonts (optional) additional 32 MB of hard-disk space is required. Operating system as mentioned above. ------------------------------------------------------- Reading a PDF Document ------------------------------------------------------- To open a PDF document – # Click the Open button or choose File than Open. In the Open dialog box select the filename and click Open. PDF documents will have the extension .pdf and the icon. # Double-click the file icon in your file system or explorer. Adjusting the view of PDF documents - You can change the magnification level of a PDF document. One may set a page layout that determines whether you will see one page at a time or a continuous flow of pages. One can use view options from menu bar. PDF document maker can set the document to open in a variety of ways with option like Full Screen, document might open to a particular page number, at a particular magnification, or with the bookmarks or thumbnails. In case of Full Screen view, the toolbar, command bar, menu bar, and window controls are not visible. To suit your requirements you can exit Full Screen view by pressing Escape and adjust as per your choice. ------------------------------------------------------- How to convert files to PDF ------------------------------------------------------- The default Acrobat installation in Windows includes a macro Adobe PDF Maker that allows creating a Adobe PDF file very easily from Microsoft Office ap <
      br>pl ication s like Word document, Spread sheet of Excel, Power Point presentation. One has to just press PDF Converter icon on the menu bar of application to convert MS file to PDF. PDF Converter works with Microsoft Word 97, Word 2000, Excel 97, Excel 2000, PowerPoint 97, and PowerPoint 2000 and installed automatically. By default Adobe PDF files created with PDF Maker generate tagged PDF and preserve hyperlinks, styles, and bookmarks present in the source document. Acrobat supports an extensive list of various formats including movie formats. By pressing PDF converter with Email option will open your default Mailer after converting MS file to PDF. ------------------------------------------------------- Playing movies and sound clips ------------------------------------------------------- Not yet tried but writing this based on the information in the CD. Apple QuickTime 3.0 or later, or Microsoft Windows Media Player is good enough for this application. QuickTime 5.0 or later is required for working with MPEG files. QuickTime 4.0 is included in their software package. ------------------------------------------------------- Why I use PDF Maker? ------------------------------------------------------- I am not a very advanced user of Adobe Acrobat so cannot share any such experience. My experience is limited to conversion of Word, Spreadsheet or PowerPoint files # Main purpose of making PDF files is to distribute undistorted documents electronically outside the organization. # It is very easy to convert a file to PDF and cannot be changed that easily. (Your are helpless if someone is determined to do so by making a new file with the help of Adobe Acrobat software.) # Receiver of PDF file can cut and paste useful information to share with others. Whole document may be cut and paste to make a word (Spreadsheet or PowerPoint as well) file and one can
      make nec < br>essary changes to s uit ones requirements. # Acrobat Reader is a free software so one need not feel help less after receiving files in that format. Can be downloaded from many sites. # PDF files can be sent by Email as an attachment and it does not lose its original look. The receiver of PDF file is sure of receiving original document with right format. All hyperlinks remain active in PDF file. This software is having option of digital signature but I have not used it so far. ------------------------------------------------------- From the Dictionary ------------------------------------------------------- Adobe - Brick made of clay baked in sun used for building or building made of such bricks Acrobat - A person who can swing on a trapeze or do other feats of bodily skill and strength So friends, software build by tested resources does all acrobatics for you to save you from forged or distorted documents.

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        18.04.2001 04:32
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        Before I flag off with my review of Adobe Acrobat 4, I would like to state that Acrobat is really not your average run-of-the-mill product, it’s a concept and it’s essential I explain what it’s all about for the benefit of the folks out there who might be unaware of Acrobat and PDF files. The Internet ushered in an exciting age of the paperless office, which true to its name, did away with most of the paperwork primarily through electronic documents and email; before e-commerce hit the scene. The concept worked initially, but with the ever changing computer industry, problems soon began to surface. Variations in platforms, databases, spreadsheets, word applications spread over different platforms meant that you could not transmit such documents without being certain about the recipient’s platform and software specifications. HTML emerged largely as a platform independent language, which took care of some of these problems but had its fair share of shortcomings as well. Emailing a HTML document also meant that you had to email the corresponding image files the page utilized and the relevant fonts if you wanted the page to look exotic. Even after going through that entire ordeal there was no guarantee that the page would display on the recipient’s computer just the way it could be viewed on the senders computer. Even if all the aforesaid bumps were ironed out, there was the serious consideration of security. How do you ensure that your client does not tweak the figures in your spreadsheet you had sent him for consideration? How do you ensure that your publisher does not add his own creative touch in a PageMaker file you want him to print the way it is? More importantly, how do u ensure that the recipient sees the world in your perspective especially so in these politically correct times, where just about everyone harbours his/her own ideas and opinions. Enter Acrobat and that immediately takes care of all your
        problems. Acrobat converts documents, spreadsheets, catalogues et all into a format know as the Portable Document Format (or PDF for short). It’s proprietary design helps Acrobat to achieve a lot of things which would otherwise make you rattle your brains to do the same task manually. Let me elucidate with an example. You want to send your sales forecasts to the Accounts department and you don’t want their creative insight in your ideas. All you have to do is make a spreadsheet using a standard package like Excel or Lotus and then instead of sending the original spreadsheet file, you distill it through Acrobat (fancy buzzword for PDF conversion). You could also specify the level access through password protection schemes and allow access for limited annotations (sticky notes, highlight etc) and they could send it back to you with their own suggestions without tweaking the figures. Acrobat supports an extensive list of various formats (incl. movie formats)and it’s you could just drag and drop your files and let Acrobat take care of the rest. The hyperlinking facility comes in real handy which enables you to download your entire website, distill it through Acrobat and it will work offline, exactly the way it does online. The Acrobat installation comes with a plethora of exotic true type and postscript fonts which you could use to enhance the aesthetical appeal of your work without ever thinking whether your recipient will have those fonts. I guess some of my discerning reader must be pondering at this point of time ’’that’s all fine and dandy, but you still need a Acrobat reader to view and print PDF documents.’’ The answer is of course you do, but then it’s freely downloadable and it’s often found in any generic computer magazine CD’s. You have to buy the PDF writer though. Using the authoring tools can be a bit troublesome at first, especially if you are not sure of the PDF concep
        t but after a few hours of playing about with Acrobat it seems like child’s play. Acrobat seldom works alone as it’s not exactly a WYSIWYG editor by itself. It works with collusion with other document authoring tools and you only use the Acrobat program to make annotations, setting up hyperlinks and tasks of that like. After you are through with the formatting, and have ensured all the hyperlinks work the way they should, you use Adobe Catalog to bind the separate PDF files into one PDF. Acrobat has it’s own compression algorithms and so PDF files aren’t as large as other formats. This is especially commendable when you consider that it does not use local fonts or color schemes. Phew! Anyhow, I still can’t convince anyone about the virtues of Acrobat unless they use the product and see it for themselves. On a general note, I would like to say that Acrobat sure has pushed ahead our dream of a paperless office significantly.

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        14.02.2001 00:05
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        Many items available for downloading comes in pdf format. To be able to read them you will need the Adobe Acrobat. Most sites will provide a link where you can download it. I have noticed that the homepage for this product tries to make you buy it (as it would do). However, if you do a search for the software using a search engine, you will find many sites that will allow you to download it for free. It is very easy to use and has good tools to improve the view of the document.

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          07.07.2000 07:57

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          Acrobat is one of the many ways on the market to create the ever popular PDF file. The best thing here is that this is the original way. Yep it's another fine Adobe creation. There's a couple of ways to create said PDF but my favourite is to use my normal editing package (Word) to create my documents. Once happy, and having finished editing changing editing changing and going back 1 final time to modify the colour of a fullstop you simply print to the Acrobat printer. This will in turn output the desired PDF file. EASY! That's the whole essence of the Acrobat experience. It's an effortless one if you want it to be but the tools exists to do way more complex tasks. Check out the adobe site for more detail but rest assured it's an excellent and well recommended product.

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          24.06.2000 02:08
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          Have you ever wondered what pdf file are I did Till a friend told me about this programme. I got it free of a cover mag and have not looked back since. Incredble Quality text and it looks cool printed and is the ideal programme for sahring files between work and home without losing quality I have had a few problems basicly it was my fault I mucked it up during the installation some how. I have heard rumers of a new version in the pipeline hope its true but it is hard to see where it will imporve Good product worthy of a meniion

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          17.06.2000 03:45
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          What is PDF? It stands for Portable Document Format and is actually a Post Script document printed to file. Post Script is the highest quality output that you can have on print, and as you would have guessed this is what the printing industry is heavily using. It is a vectorized format that was invented by Adobe in the 80's and got boosted by the DTP revolution with Macs and Aldus Pagemaker. It thus ensures a high quality output on paper, far from the lower quality dotted prints. Adobe decided to create a virtual PS (Post Script) format not really for the web but for people who wanted to share documents without any loss of quality. On top of this, it was cross platfrom and PDF is supported not only on Mac and PC but also on Unix...what else can you ask!? Basically it is really easy to produce, you just have to print to file your document whether it is designed in Quark Xpress, Adobe Pagemaker, or MS Word. Acrobat will do the rest...it is as swift as this! With the new Adobe InDesign package, you just go to File/Export to PDF...it is so easy it has lost its charm! What you need to read the now ubiquitous PDF format on the web is the Acrobat Reader that you can quickly download - for free on Adobe website: http://www.adobe.co.uk/ I started producing PDF with Acrobat 3 and have to say that Acrobat 4 really got impressive...easier to output with drag and drop technology from your lay-out application to the Acrobat window, higher security with digital signature, and Color Module Management (New ICC profiles) I reckon it has a great future especially with the Web, eventhough it is faced with hard competition from other formats such as HTM or XML which can still be lighter!

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