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Introduction to Adobe Reader 7.0

What's covered

Obtain and use Adobe Reader

Work with rights-enabled PDF documents

Work with PDF documents enabled for email-based review

Read Digital Editions

Get support for Adobe Reader

Adobe Reader is free software that lets you view and print Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF) documents. 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. You can also fill in Adobe PDF forms and add comments to PDF files in an email-based review, if the author of the PDF file included additional usage rights.

For more information about Adobe Reader, visit the Adobe website at . For more information about PDF file format, visit the Adobe website at .

Note: To create Adobe PDF documents, you must use Adobe Acrobat (Standard or Professional) or an application that includes built-in PDF capabilities--such as Adobe InDesign. You can also create Adobe PDF documents using Create Adobe PDF Online, available at .

Obtain and use Adobe Reader

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



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 information about using Adobe Reader, open Adobe Reader, and choose Help > Adobe Reader Help. Click on Adobe Reader Essentials in the left pane. You can also find instructions for many common tasks by choosing Help > How To > Essentials.

Work with rights-enabled PDF documents

You can use Adobe LiveCycle Reader Extensions to create a rights-enabled PDF file that allows Adobe Reader users to save, and add comments and digital signatures to PDF forms. For more information about Adobe LiveCycle Reader Extensions, visit the Adobe website at .

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 (for example, highlights, sticky notes, drawing markups, 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.

2. Choose File > Document Properties, and select the Security tab in the Document Properties dialog box. The Document Restrictions Summary displays all usage rights for the document.

Work with PDF documents enabled for email-based review

If you have Acrobat 7.0 Professional, you can enable commenting in a PDF file so that Adobe Reader 7.0 users can add their comments to the PDF file in an email-based review. (LiveCycle Reader Extensions is not required to enable commenting in an email-based review.) For more information, see the Complete Help documentation in Acrobat 7.0 Professional.

When you open a PDF document that has been sent in an email-based review in Adobe Reader, special instructions and toolbars appear. If the Commenting toolbar doesn't appear, you can choose Tools > Commenting > Show Commenting Toolbar. After you add your comments, click Send Comments in the Commenting toolbar to return your comments to the review initiator.

Read Digital Editions

You can use Adobe Reader to read Digital Editions (also called "eBooks" in earlier versions). If you didn't activate a Digital Editions account when you installed Adobe Reader, your account will automatically activate the first time you attempt to download or read a Digital Edition. You can also manually activate an account.

To manually activate a Digital Editions account:

Connect to the Internet.

In Adobe Reader, choose File > Digital Editions > Authorize Devices.

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

Note: Each Adobe DRM Activator account may activate Adobe Reader on up to six Windows or Macintosh 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

-- Post a question in the Adobe Reader User to User forum on the Adobe website at .

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

-- If you reside outside the United States and Canada, visit the Adobe website at .

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Last edited - 01/25/2006


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