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Chapter One. The World According to Acrobat > Three, Four, Open the Door

Three, Four, Open the Door

Along about version 3.0, Adobe began to take prepress users' needs more seriously, adding such features as support for screening and overprint instructions. However, this version came out in 1996, when the World Wide Web had risen to the midmorning sky and was shining down brilliantly on publishers, who were blinded by its glare. Thus, Acrobat 3.0 was promoted as a Web publishing tool.

It allowed links to URL addresses, which meant that someone reading a PDF file could click on a link and jump to a live Web page. An Adobe plug-in allowed PDF files to be displayed within Netscape Navigator, and an ActiveX control let them be displayed in Internet Explorer (Figure 1-1). Web surfers needed the Reader viewer to see PDF files online (and still do), but once it was free and available for download at Adobe's Web site, it began to propagate quickly. (The most recent count was 165 million and still growing strong.)


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