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Introduction to Adobe Reader 6.0

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Obtain and use Adobe Reader

Work with rights-enabled PDF documents

eBooks and Adobe Reader

Get support for Adobe Reader

Adobe Reader is free software that lets you view and print Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF) documents and fill in Adobe PDF forms. From within Adobe Reader, you can start an e-mail application and attach PDF documents, as well as validate digital signatures contained in PDF documents.

Adobe PDF is an electronic file format created by Adobe that lets you view and print a file exactly as the author designed it, without needing to have the same application or fonts used to create the file. Since its introduction in 1993, PDF has become an Internet standard for electronic distribution that faithfully preserves the look and feel of the original document--complete with fonts, colors, images, and layout.

Note: To create Adobe PDF documents, you must use Adobe Acrobat 6.0 (Standard or Professional) or applications that include built-in PDF capabilities--such as Adobe InDesign. You can also create Adobe PDF documents using Create Adobe PDF Online, available at http://createpdf.adobe.com .

For information about Acrobat, see the Adobe website at www.adobe.com/products/acrobat/ .

Obtain and use Adobe Reader

You can download a free copy of Adobe Reader from the following Adobe websites:

-- www.adobe.com/products/acrobat/readstep2.html

-- www.adobe.com/products/acrobat/readstep2_allversions.html

After you install Adobe Reader, do one of the following to view a PDF file:

-- Double-click a PDF document to open the file in Adobe Reader.

-- Open Adobe Reader, and choose File > Open. In the Open dialog box, select one or more PDF documents, and then click Open. PDF documents usually have a .pdf extension.

For additional information about Adobe Reader, including available languages, supported platforms, and system requirements, visit the Adobe website at www.adobe.com/products/acrobat/readstep2.html .

For information on using Adobe Reader, open Adobe Reader, and choose Help > Adobe Reader Help.

Work with rights-enabled PDF documents

You can use Adobe Document Server for Reader Extensions to create a rights-enabled PDF file that allows Adobe Reader users to comment on, save, and add digital signatures to PDF forms. For more information about Adobe Document Server for Reader Extensions, visit the Adobe website at www.adobe.com/products/server/readerextensions/ .

When you open a rights-enabled PDF document in Adobe Reader, you can do one or more of the following:

-- Create digital signatures in a PDF document.

-- Add and view comments in the form of highlights, sticky notes, free text annotations, graphic and text markup tools, and sound or movie files.

-- Import and export comments and form data.

-- Save edited PDF documents to a hard disk.

To determine if a PDF document is rights-enabled:

1. Open the PDF document in Adobe Reader. Adobe Reader displays the Document Rights dialog box stating that additional features are available (the message varies depending on rights assigned), and the toolbar displays icons that indicate which features are enabled (if an icon isn't visible or is dimmed, that feature isn't enabled).

2. Do one of the following:

-- If you use Adobe Reader 6.0, choose File > Document Properties, select Security in the Document Properties dialog box, and then click Show Details. The Document Restrictions Summary displays enabled usage rights.

-- If you use Adobe Reader 5.x, choose File > Document Properties > Document Rights. The Document Rights Summary displays enabled usage rights.

eBooks and Adobe Reader

You can use Adobe Reader as an eBook Reader. If you didn't activate an eBooks account when you installed Adobe Reader, your account will automatically activate the first time you attempt to download or read an eBook. You can also manually activate an account.

To manually activate an eBooks account:

1. Connect to the Internet.

2. In Adobe Reader, choose Tools > eBook Web Services > Adobe DRM Activator.

3. If the Security Alert dialog box opens, click OK to connect to the Adobe DRM Activator Web site, and then follow the on-screen prompts.

Note: Each Adobe DRM Activator account may activate Adobe Reader on up to six Windows or Mac OS computers and six Palm OS devices.

Get support for Adobe Reader

For support downloading, installing, configuring or using Adobe Reader, do one or more of the following:

-- Visit the Adobe Reader support page at www.adobe.com/support/products/acrreader.html.

-- See document 328652 , "Troubleshoot Adobe Reader download problems (6.0 on Windows)" or document 328433 "Troubleshoot Adobe Reader download problems (6.0 on Mac OS)."

-- Post a question in the Adobe Reader User to User forum on the Adobe website at www.adobe.com/support/forums/ .

-- If you reside in the United States or Canada, you'll find more support options on the Adobe website at www.adobe.com/support/ .

-- If you reside outside the United States and Canada, visit the Adobe website at www.adobe.com/support/intlsupport.html .


Related Documents

328652: Troubleshooting problems that occur when you download Adobe Reader (6.0 on Windows)

328433: Troubleshooting problems that occur when you download Adobe Reader (6.0 for Mac OS)

Document 315823
Last edited - 12/06/2005

 

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