What is Adobe Acrobat Portable Document Format?

Some publications are too long or too complex to be easily converted to the standard "html" file, which your browser usually displays. As a result, websites sometimes offer these publications in Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF). If you are familiar with PDF files and have a copy of Adobe's free Acrobat Reader, you may want to skip the following paragraphs, which give information on downloading and reading PDF files.

Do I need special Software?

Yes, you need Adobe Acrobat Reader to use these files. You can download this software from Adobe's WWW site. To get the software at no cost, click on the link below. It will take you to the Adobe Acrobat Reader download site.

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People with visual disabilities can download tools and information at Opens in a new windowopens a new tab to help make Adobe PDF files accessible.

Now can I just click on a PDF link?

You are now ready to download PDF files for viewing. Go ahead. Remember now that you have installed the acrobat software, you have the ability to access many more publications and documents on the Internet. Many companies offer publications in this format, and more are doing it every day.

Sometimes you may wish to save PDF files to a disk (your hard drive or a floppy) and then view them offline, or allow your browser to automatically open the file for you to view and/or print. Remember when you are looking at any file ending in ".pdf" it is an adobe file.