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      26.08.2013 00:41
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      A Must Have

      This is a software that a lot of people don't really how much they use it and in fact it is used as much as the main Microsoft office packages. These days most documents are in PDF, primarily, to their read only format and Adobe Reader is the most popular PDF viewer. So the amount of people using Adobe Reader is growing year upon year.

      What I look for in a PDF reader is speed. I am a maths tutor in my spare time so am dealing with syllabuses that are 100 pages plus so as you can imagine this takes up significant memory. Unlike a lot of PDF readers, Adobe has the processing power to deal with these documents. I can't lie there is a slight delay in flicking through pages and it does depend on your computer but overall I am satisfied with the speed.

      You can zoom down to 10% and up to 6400% and to be honest I have never gone close to these ends of the scale. For me I go down to 75% and up to 200% depending on what I am looking at and the quality of the document. A useful feature that for example Microsoft Word has is two page view. Adobe Reader doesn't have that but I think this could definitely do with it. Especially as my monitor is very large and I am often using my 55inch TV as the output so it would make sense to have two page view.

      The main advantage of PDF's is that they are read only. People love to know that when they release these PDF's that others can't mess around with the documents and even you can't get confused with the formatting if opening in another program or maybe on a Linux operating system. Personally I only ever produce PDF's when converting my CV and as this is such a wide used software I am always confident that the recipient will be able to use Adobe Reader to view my CV.

      Amongst the other main features is select text. Although it is read only, it doesn't mean that you can't grab information that you want so this is a useful feature and the button is located in the toolbar at the top of the screen. Also one of the lesser used features is sticky note, where you can add a sticky note to certain points that you need reminders of so that you don't forget.

      Overall this is a must have kit for any computer user as really most text files you use from the internet and even a lot of important forms are all converted to PDF for your viewing pleasure. Like with most programs Adobe has really monopolised the industry however Google are smart so they have their own internal PDF viewer. This means that on Gmail you don't need to download the file and can just view is online on Gmail. Apart from this though Adobe really is the prime PDF reader and will continue to be so.

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      30.10.2009 18:30
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      universally used and well recognised standard in file viewing

      This is a universally used and well recognised program that many people will have on their computer. This program allows documents to be viewed on any computer regardless of what other programs you have. If the files are in pdf format they can be viewed on your computer using this program.

      Adobe Reader lets you read and print from any computer system any document created as an Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF) file, with its original appearance preserved. PDF files are compact in size and can be shared, viewed, navigated and printed exactly as the original author of the file intended by anyone with the Adobe Reader program.

      The software is available in a number of languages and platforms and the basic version is free. To actually create and edit pdf files you will have to buy a version of the product/license in order to do so. There are three current options on their website which range from the basics of just creating and distributing pdf files (Acrobat Standard) to more advanced versions (Acrobat Pro and Acrobat Pro Extended). This is what is required if you want to produce and distribute pdf files legally for example as downloads on a website. This is not cheap though and the prices and details are avaiable here:

      http://www.adobe.com/uk/products/acrobat/

      Most of us though like me will mainly be involved in just viewing a number of these files. The program is especially useful when there are long journals or even e book style documents. Also on information style booklets and newsletters as well as Acrobat reader allows them to be in a universal format which can be viewed on all computers. Most people will have downloaded a pdf style file off the internet. They are then opened in Adobe Reader. Alot of the document files available for download on many websites usually have an option to download in pdf format as well as a .doc format which is the Microsoft Word version.

      Overall it is a now a universally used and well recognised standard in file viewing and is probably on alot of people's computers mainly to view documents. Actually creating documents yourself may actually prove to be a bit more difficult but there are a few free pdf style creators around and you may be able to find a good one by doing a search on the internet.

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        25.11.2008 17:43
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        The offical pdf reader

        This is the most used software of mine till now, although I have substitude it with another free software last month.

        Adobe Acrobat Reader is a free software that alow you to open pdf file, which is the most dominant document on the internet. As the offical reader of pdf file, Adobe Acrobat Reader support pdf well (sure it is!).

        Compare to other reader software, acrobat has a more system-built functions. For the basic reading, you can make notes and comments on the document, if it is not secured by someone. And you can create you own secured pdf document if you just want others to read. I sometimes use it to fill some pdf form when I wasa apply for university. It is fast to fill forms if the form is well organized with acrobat.

        But one deficit of acrobat reader is its size. It is too large sometimes for me. A professional version will take 300M driver space, but I just need to open a 300k pdf file. So I am now using a much smaller pdf reader. But if I encounter a proble when opening some pdf, I will also sort to acrobat read. At least, it is offical.

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          09.06.2006 12:54
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          Essential download. Simple to use but lacking in any substantial features

          The PDF format is a universally accepted format which allows all computer users to view a document as exactly it had been intended. The thing with downloading, for example, Word documents is that a lot of people have different versions of Word with different features and options selected. So chances are that when you open the Word document some pictures will be out of place or the margins will be messed up.

          What Adobe Acrobat Reader does is it enables files to be read using one format. Typically word documents and other documents can be turned into PDF files which will mean that file is of one format and can be read universally.

          Adobe Reader is free to download and is constantly updated and patched. It is a simple 'reader' application and will allow a user to read the document and edit it lightly. What I mean by this is that the latest versions allow you to use a interactive marker pen to highlight sections for your own use without altering the document permenantly. Reader also allows the user to copy and paste sections of text and photography for your own use from the PDF file itself. However, this is about the limit of Adobe Acrobat reader. It does allow you to print the document out but any permenant editing will require Adobe's own Acrobat software which is very expensive. Also since most documents are password protected, the chances of being able to edit a downloadable PDF is limited.

          Most companies now provide PDF brochures on their goods and services as an alternative to paper brochures. This then makes Adobe ACrobat Reader and essential application that ALL computer users should have. Its quite a small download and is not system resource - heavy so it won't slow down your computer.

          The only negative points about Acrobat Reader is its lack of editing functions. The other negative point is that earlier versions are pretty slow to load and display documents however this has been improved with the latest versions.

          A must have download, and since it doesn't cost anything there is no reason not to have it.

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            03.10.2002 21:57
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            Due to the wide variety of Word processors available such as Microsoft Word, Lotus 123 or Corel Wordperfect, it is not always possible to read a document which was written on a different computer. Imagine compiling a document in Microsoft Word and passing it to a friend on a floppy disk only to find that they are using Lotus Smartsuite or some other office program. Of course you could always download a free copy of Word reader from the Microsoft site, but how many such programs would you require? There are many instances in which the average computer user would need to read documents from other sources, the most common being instruction manuals and guides supplied on CD with a new piece of hardware such as a printer or digital camera. It is also a common medium by which companies offer manuals or documents for download from their website. This problem was solved some time ago with the development of PDF which stands for Portable Document Format. A PDF file can be read on any system by using Adobe Acrobat Reader, and is a generally accepted format for manuals and many other documents. Most hardware manufacturers provide a copy of acrobat reader on the CD which contains the manuals, although it can easily be downloaded free from the Adobe website. Once installed, the program can be completely forgotten or ignored because it will run automatically in the background. Simply open a PDF file and acrobat will display it for you. If you do not already have acrobat reader on your system then I recommend that you download the latest version now. Otherwise you may find an earlier version is installed on your system the first time that you add new hardware and insert the driver and manual CD.

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            23.06.2002 00:35

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            The PDF file is a marvellous thing. Not only does it give you a verbatim copy of a document, it is probably the only format for which What You See Is What You Get. Acrobat Reader isn't the only utility that allows you to read PDF files, but it might as well be, as it is almost always the recommended program for websites, CD-ROMs, etc. that use the format. And so it should be, really, since Adobe invented the PDF file in the first place. There is one warning that I should give you when you install Acrobat Reader. DO NOT turn on browser integration. It is terribly unreliable (in Internet Explorer at least), and will probably cause your machine to crash. If you have turned it on, go immediately to the Preferences > General menu item, and turn off the option which says "Web Browser Integration". You'll thank me for it.

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            10.09.2001 00:56
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            This is one of the most used programmes in the world. It exists in two incarntaions. The reader which merely allows you to open files encrypted in .pdf form and read them and then the actual acrobat program which enables you to encrypt your own files in this format and is commercial and reasonably expensive. The sort of files that are encrypted in .pdf are almost always text files or research and examination papers on the nest and fairly often electronic books also exist in this form. The reason for the use of the .pdf format is that it enables written files (sometimes containing images) to appear the same on any computer that they are opened on. The entire file is encrypted and so the reader is the only program required to read it. pdf files cannot be broken into. By this I mean you cannot highlight, copy/cut and paste out of these documents and this is why .pdf is used for electronic books. At this point I should add technically you *can* crack .pdf files but the legality is very dubious and a russian who invented the program is currently in a US jail under the charge of copyright infringement. To this end .pdf is very good. It does allow documents of this form to appear the same on any sort of computer. It does however have a few problems, the encrypter is expensive and the .pdf files are slow to load up if they are longer than a few pages or contain any pictures. All in all I would highly recommend downloading a free copy of the reader off the net or get it off a magazine cover disk. It should be noted that if you do download it then it is a very small file so it will only take a few minutes. I am not sure whether I recommend the encrypter ot not, it all depends how important it is for you to create files of this nature. Free version worth a go, Commercial version as needed.

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              09.08.2000 03:54
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              You can download this application from the Internet in a matter of minutes. It is a free and extremely useful application, especially if you are doing research on the Internet, as many official sites now provide their files for public viewing in PDF format. When using this application for the first time it can appear to be a little moody. But persevere as it only takes a couple of uses to get you familiar with its little foibles. One of the most useful tricks when using Acrobat Reader is to click on the little tag in the top right-hand corner where you will find the ‘properties’ facility. One click on one of these selections will provide a ‘continuous’ flow for the pages you need to view. Why the default setting is ‘single’ page is beyond me. One tip that I got from the Scottish Executive . . . (I know, - what a name dropper I am!) . . . is aimed at those occasions when your attempts to download a PDF file appear totally futile and, after minutes have past and the 'document done' you find that nothing has appeared on your screen! To circumvent this happening: 1. right click on the file you are requesting to be downloaded and use the “save target as” facility to save it to your A:\ - or to your hard-drive if that is possible. When you later select it from there you can usually view it without any problem. I hope this has been of some help to anyone thinking of trying this application. I was initially wary of using it, but the number of times it has been a friend to me are now inumerable. GG

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