Why you need Adobe Acrobat Reader.

Summer 2001 CSANews Issue 39  |  Posted date : Mar 09, 2007.Back to list

There is no doubt that if you are an Internet user, you have come across a need for Acrobat Reader to view information you have downloaded. The Reader allows you to open, view, print and annotate Acrobat PDF (Portable Document Format) files. PDF files have become the standard for Web-based information offerings.

The Acrobat PDF file format is used to create and store large documents on the Web. It has become as popular as it is because of its ability to convert and display a wide variety of file types ranging from word processing documents to spreadsheets and graphics files. It is quickly becoming the standard for our dealings with advertisers and print houses in the printing of this magazine. The key to the popularity of Acrobat is the ability to present information in its original design with fonts and graphics files intact.

Our thanks go out to Adobe, because they have made the use of Acrobat Reader free to the world at large.

Where Do I Get Acrobat Reader?
Nearly every site that posts PDF files will also have a link to the Adobe Web site where users can download the free Reader software by following the available link. You can download your personal, up-to-date copy at http://www.adobe.com/products/acrobat/readstep.html . When you get to this page, scroll down to the bottom and select "Get Acrobat Reader free!" and a page will be displayed that asks you to define the version of Acrobat Reader you wish. You first choose the language (default is "ENGLISH"), then select the Platform (i.e. Windows 98, Windows Me, etc....) and then the location nearest you, for which there are only two choices ­ USA or JAPAN. Choose USA. There are different file sizes, depending on the platform you choose. For example, if you choose Windows 98, the file size is 8.6 megabytes. If you are using a 56K modem, this file can take up to an hour to download so you might wish to do this at the end of your Internet play for the day.

When you click on the DOWNLOAD button, you will be asked if you wish to "Run this program from the current location" or "Save this program to disk." My recommendation would be to save this program to disk then run the program from where you saved it ­ that way, you can reinstall it if there are any problems.

Reader is able to display any PDF document from within your browser, as long as you use Reader version 3.x or newer and Microsoft Internet Explorer version 4.x or newer or Netscape Navigator version 4.x or newer. When you are viewing a PDF document within your browser, you will notice that a new toolbar appears under your browser's toolbar that gives you control over PDF documents. It's the same toolbar that appears when you open a PDF document outside of your browser.

How do I use Acrobat Reader?
The Reader allows you to navigate around your PDF document by using BOOKMARKS and THUMBNAILS. The use of bookmarks is much like your use of the table of contents or glossary in a hard-cover textbook. You look for the subject in which you are interested, and manually turn to the designated page number. With bookmarks, you simply click on the subject in which you are interested and "voila," Reader links you to the beginning of that subject.

Viewing your document by thumbnails is simply looking at your document from a page thumbnail perspective. You can click on the page you wish to view and Reader will display that page for you. You will also see a small red box on the thumbnail showing exactly which part of the page you are viewing. Try the buttons on the toolbar to become familiar and comfortable with using Acrobat Reader. You won't compromise your information.

If you find you want or need to use Acrobat Reader, I recommend you download the most current version. Just follow the directions on the previous page and you'll be all set. If you are using a modem, when you start your download, take a breather, step outside and enjoy some of that welcome Canadian sunshine.