What is a PDF file?
A Portable Document Format (pdf) file is a self-contained cross-platform
document. In plain language, it is a file that will look the same
on the 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.
Although they contain the complete formatting of the original document,
including fonts and images, PDF files are highly compressed, allowing
complex information to be downloaded efficiently.
Why do we use the PDF format?
Because pdf format allows the reliable reproduction of published
material on many different platforms (requiring only the use of
free reader software), it is a way to conveniently and quickly disseminate
information including text, tables, and graphics. All documents
published on this website are available in PDF format.
How to Download the software.
Virtually anyone - including Windows, DOS, Macintosh, SUN, and
UNIX system users - can view and print a PDF file using the free
Adobe(R) Acrobat(R) Reader, from the Adobe web site.
To download the free Acrobat Reader from the Adobe Web Site:
For assistance in downloading and installing the software, see the
Adobe Web site document Adobe
Acrobat Reader Troubleshooting Guide at Adobe's Web Site.
Adobe also has information about PDF and the visually
challenged at its site.
How to View PDF Files.
Once the Acrobat Reader software is properly installed, you just
need to click on a link to a .pdf file and it will be loaded for
viewing on your computer. Note that the file is sent to your computer
as a temporary file that will be deleted when you exit your browser.
PDF files are indicated by the following graphic following the
How to Print PDF Files
When printing Adobe Acrobat PDF files from within your web browser,
do NOT use the web browser print facility. Instead, use the print
button at the left end of the special Adobe Acrobat tool bar, which
appears immediately above the viewing window. See illustration below
for location of this print button.
How to Save PDF Files.
To save the file for later use once you have loaded it for viewing, on most browsers you
just select "File" then "Save As..." from the menu bar. To just save without viewing,
place the cursor over the link to the pdf file, 'right click the link, then "Save target as..." from the menu.