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What is a PDF File?
Portable Document Format was developed for handling documents in a manner which is both device-and platform-independent.


O.K. - in simpler terms, it is a file that looks the same on screen and in print, regardless of what kind of computer or printer someone is using and regardless of what software package was originally used to create it. These PDF files contain all of the fonts, formatting, colors and graphics of the source document in a compact file.

The PDF format works on all major systems, including Macintosh, Windows and UNIX.

Anyone, anywhere can open a PDF file. All you need is the free viewer program Adobe Acrobat¨ ReaderŞ which allows you to view, navigate, and print out Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF) files.

To download the free Acrobat Reader,
please click here:

If you need any assistance in downloading and installing the software, see Adobe Acrobat Reader Troubleshooting Guide at Adobe's web site.

How to View PDF Files
Once you have properly installed the Acrobat Reader, just double click on a .pdf file icon to view it on your computer. These files will usually be sent to you as an email attachment PDF files are indicated by the following graphic following the filename. Or, the PDF file can be viewed from a web site, such as the ones below:

Full color PDF document with photo and illustrations (574k)

How to Print PDF Files
If you want to print an Adobe Acrobat PDF file from within your web browser, do not use the web browser print option. Instead, use the print button at the left end of the special Adobe Acrobat tool bar, which appears immediately above the viewing window.



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