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Adobe Acrobat 7.0 Professional

Adobe Acrobat doesn't have the same CS2 moniker as the other applications in the Suite, mainly because it plays a large role as an enterprise-level business application as well as a graphics tool.

Where Acrobat Came From

In an effort to be able to view a document—as it was carefully designed—on just about any computer in the world, John Warnock and the folks at Adobe came up with the Portable Document Format (PDF). Acrobat would be the name of the product that could display these PDF files, which would look right, fonts and all, on any computer. Adobe created a version of Acrobat called Acrobat Reader, which it gave away free of charge. The full version of Acrobat was still needed to create PDF files (a process called distilling), so the company made money selling the full version of Acrobat—and people who created these documents were assured that anyone could view those documents with the free reader. Nice concept, eh?


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