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Adobe Acrobat

The idea of a paperless office has long been a sort of Shangri-La, where no one would have to be burdened with paper cuts and filing cabinets. Instead, all documents would be electronic, easily read on any computer platform, easily stored on disk or somewhere on the Internet. Adobe has done its part in bringing us closer to this utopia with its Acrobat format, which lets you build and edit Portable Document Format (PDF) files from almost any program. These PDF files, in turn, can be viewed on any computer that has a reader program (which is free from Adobe.com and available for Macintosh, Windows, Linux, and even Palm operating systems).

Acrobat is extremely flexible, and while it was originally designed for archiving or viewing documents that were meant for paper output, it has grown to incorporate features that are suitable for Web or multimedia publishing, too (see Figure 14-38). Acrobat PDF files have all kinds of cool features.


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