Portable Document Format (PDF) Files
What is a PDF file?
The Portable Document Format was invented by
Adobe Systems to
make it possible to view and print documents on a wide variety of
computer platforms without having to have the software and fonts that
created the original document on every single machine. It is the de
facto standard for document handling worldwide, and on the World
How can I read them, and what does it cost?
Adobe's Acrobat software creates PDF files. However, if you do not
wish to create files, only to view and print them, Adobe makes an
Acrobat Reader package available at no charge. You can download a
version for your Windows, Macintosh or Unix-type machine
directly from Adobe.
How do I install the Reader?
Complete information is provided by Adobe at the download point. The
Reader will be installed as a browser plug-in; in other words, when
the Web browser encounters a PDF file, the Reader will automatically
I tried to bring up a PDF file and got a blank screen. What
We can't tell from this end. We suggest reloading the page, or trying
to save it to your own computer (see above). If this fails, both
Microsoft (for users of Microsoft Internet Explorer) have
published pages which address this issue.
I went to Adobe and they don't have a version for WebTV. What
should I do?
At the present time, Microsoft, which owns WebTV, has not implemented
support for PDF files. If you subscribe to WebTV, you should feel free
to ask them why not.