Portable Document Format

File Format to Share Printable Elements

Adobe Reader

To view a file in PDF format, you need Adobe Reader, which is a free application distributed by Adobe Systems. The free reader allows you to share your PDF documents with anyone and allow the end user to view or print the document on any system. It's available for Windows, Mac, Unix, Linux, AIX, HP/UX and Solaris operating systems. Adobe Reader is also available for mobile devices running Palm OS, Pocket PC, or for Symbian OS. Users can freely download Adobe Reader from the Adobe Web site.  

Adobe Acrobat

To create PDF files for distribution, you'll need to have Adobe Acrobat (available in Professional or standard versions). While specific features between these products differ, any will allow you to both create a PDF document from any application that prints and to manage specialized content from other applications. These products also allow you to protect documents with passwords and apply restrictions on printing, copying, and alterations. 

PDF Online

This subscription-based offering allows you to create Adobe PDF Online. You can create and publish reports, spreadsheets and resumes for distribution. You can also archive Web sites for easy reference and research, or turn scanned paper documents into searchable Adobe PDF files. Create Adobe PDF Online offers a free trial where you can create your first five Adobe PDF files for free, after which the service is available through a monthly or yearly subscription fee.  


|s a file format that has captured all the elements of a printed document as an electronic image that you can view, navigate, print, or forward to someone else. PDF files are created using Adobe Acrobat , Acrobat Capture, or similar products. To view and use the files, you need the free Acrobat Reader, which you can easily download. Once you've downloaded the Reader, it will start automatically whenever you want to look at a PDF file.

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