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8.4. PDF Files

Even before your switch from Windows, you probably ran into PDF (portable document format) files at some point. Many a software manual, Read Me file, and downloadable "white paper" comes in this format. And no wonder: When you distribute PDF files to other people, they see precisely the same fonts, colors, page design, and other elements that you did in your original document—even if they don't own the programs used to create the PDF file. Better yet, the same PDF file opens identically on the Mac, in Windows, and even on Unix/Linux machines.

In Windows, you need the free program called Acrobat Reader if you hoped to open or print these files. But PDF files are one of Mac OS X's common forms of currency. The Mac's built-in PDF reader, called Preview, is a joy to use. Better yet, you can turn any document, in any program with a Print command, into a PDF file—a trick that once required the $250 program called Adobe Acrobat Distiller.


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