The PDF (Portable Document Format) has become an important standard for sharing a document while preserving its layout, format and graphics. Though many commercial programs can display such files, Adobe distributes the free Adobe Reader.
You can download the Adobe Reader from the link under Resources. Versions exist for different operating systems like Windows, Mac and Linux, and different languages like English, Japanese and Spanish.
Adobe Reader views, searches, prints and verifies PDF files. When enabled by Acrobat, the software also lets you digitally sign and collaborate on the file.
After you install the software, you can double-click any PDF file to open it in the Reader. You can also run the program and load files with the File menu.
Check out the Tools menu for options about panning and taking snapshots of the page. The View menu contains features for rotating the page and enlarging the text view.
Adobe Acrobat is the paid-for companion for Adobe Reader, letting you create, protect and track PDF files.
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