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Creating PDFs on the Macintosh

Creating PDFs on the Macintosh

The Adobe Acrobat family of products was first introduced in 1993; and since the beginning of Acrobat's history, all products were supported in Windows and on the Macintosh, as well as few other operating systems. During the more than decade of development, the Acrobat products favored Windows users with more tools to produce PDF documents. Adobe Reader was virtually the same on all platforms, but the Windows Acrobat users generally had a few more features to work with than their Mac counterparts.

When Apple Computer introduced the Macintosh OS X operating system, the game changed. At the core of the Mac operating system is support for PDF. Often, to the dismay of many graphic designers who communicate with their Windows clients, Mac users think that what they have available on their computers is available to everyone: “Just send me a PDF document—go to the print dialog and save the file as a PDF.” Windows users, who are typically frustrated and baffled, thinking the ad agency people must know what they're talking about, poke around trying to find the command that converts a Microsoft Office file to PDF. Well, Mac users, be aware: What you see available to you on Mac OS X is not necessarily available to Windows users.


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