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Working with (publishing, editing, viewing, and printing) PDF files

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By conrique - Posted on 20 May 2007

Not everyone owns the same word processing or publishing software (Microsoft Word, Corel's WordPerfect, etc.) or the same fonts you may choose to use in your files. So unless you know that all of your recipients have systems compatible with yours, converting and sending documents as PDF files may make it easier for the recipients to open and read the documents as you intended them to be seen.

Adobe PDF is the global standard ued by government agencies, publications, law firms, genealogists, and others to distribute and view documents that are print-ready. This format preserves the fonts, images, colors, graphics, and formatting of an original application file. It is platform-independent and can be viewed, shared, and printed by Windows, UNIX, and Macintosh, and OS/2 Warp users.

Adobe Acrobat (newest Version 8.0) is a computer document sharing program that lets you convert documents, family trees, pedigree and descendants' charts, etc. into the Portable Document Format (PDF) so anyonre who has a copy of Adobe Reader software can see the files as they were designed, without having to use the likely different fonts and inadequate graphics used by the reader's computer. It is easy to use and very powerful and offers all the traditional document publication features such a text search and cut and paste.

Adobe Reader is a must have free software that lets you open, view, search, and print Portable Document Format (PDF) files. To date more than 500 millon copies of Adobe Reader have been distributed worldwide on 23 platforms and 26 languages.

Adobe Reader 8 can be downloaded free at

Happy data sharing!

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You can create PDF files using free software called Primo PDF.

Basically, you install it and it sets up as one of your printers so whenever you want to print to PDF you choose it as your printer and you get a PDF file instead of a pile of papers. Then everyone can read your document using the free Acrobat reader software mentioned by Efrain.

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