Adobe Acrobat Professional is a powerful tool for managing .pdf files. .Pdf is short for Portable Document Format. Adobe defines .pdf as "...a file format for representing documents in a manner independent of the application software, hardware, and operating system used to create them and of the output device on which they are to be displayed or printed...."
At this time .pdf is a standard format for electronic submission of grants to federal funding agencies.
If you only need to READ .pdf files, you don't need Adobe Acrobat. Use the Adobe Reader pre-installed on your PC.
If you compose in Word or another Microsoft Office product, and all you need to do is SAVE THE WORD DOCUMENT (or Excel or PowerPoint or Visio document)as a .pdf file, you don't need Adobe Acrobat.
- If you're running Office 2010, this capability is built in.
- If you're running Office 2007:
- Go to http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=F1FC413C-6D89-4F15-991B-63B07BA5F2E5&displaylang=en This page on the Microsoft website is titled "2007 Microsoft Office Add-in: Microsoft Save as PDF".
- Click the "Download" button; save the file; and double-click it to install it.
- If you have any difficulty with this process, call the Jayhawk Tech Clinic (IT Help Desk) at 913-945-9999 option 2, for assistance.
If you need to edit a .pdf file (including one that you've created with a Microsoft Office product), you need Adobe Acrobat.
If you wish to create a .pdf file from applications other than Microsoft Office, you need Adobe Acrobat.
If you wish to convert .pdf files to Microsoft Word, you need Adobe Acrobat.
If you need to restrict the printing, copying, or altering of .pdf documents, you need Adobe Acrobat.
If you wish to password-protect a .pdf file, you need Adobe Acrobat.
For a full list of Adobe Acrobat functionality, go to http://www.adobe.com/products/acrobat/matrix.html
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