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Chapter 1. ✓Start Here > What Is Acrobat?

What Is Acrobat?

Adobe Acrobat and the Portable Document Format (PDF) file format that it uses have become the de facto standard for digital document distribution. There have been more than 500 million downloads of the free Adobe Reader software, which lets anyone in the world view and print the contents of PDF files. Because Acrobat is the software that is used to create those PDF files, it has also become enormously popular, beating out Adobe's powerhouse digital image-editing application Photoshop as Adobe's best-selling software program.

KEY TERM

PDF— Short for Portable Document Format, a cross-platform file format created by Adobe Systems for sharing files independently of the application that created the file or the operating system of either the file creator or the file viewer.



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