About Portable Document Format Files


WordPerfect is the Vermont Air Pollution Control Division's standard for word processing. When files created using WordPerfect or other applications are prepared for mounting on the public access server, they can either be converted to ASCII text files or left in the original application format. ASCII, however, cannot capture graphics and images and tabular material often loses integrity when converted to ASCII. Also, files in other formats can only be viewed using the application that was used to create them. The solution to these problems is portable document software (PDS).

Portable document software takes the original file, including images, graphics, tables and rich text (text that is bolded, underlined, italicized, and displayed with multiple font sizes and appearances) and converts it from the original application to a specially coded file. The particular type of PDS we are experimenting with is Adobe (tm) Acrobat (tm), and Acrobat's specially coded file format is called Portable Document Format (PDF). This PDF file contains all the information needed to display the original file just as originally created, complete with all nuances of the original document. The fidelity of the PDF file to the original file is remarkable.

TO VIEW A PDF FILE, A READER PROGRAM MUST BE INSTALLED ON YOUR MACHINE TO DISPLAY, PRINT AND NAVIGATE THROUGH THE PORTABLE DOCUMENT FORMAT FILE. THE ADOBE ACROBAT READER IS AVAILABLE FOR DOWNLOADING AT NO COST FROM ADOBE'S FILE TRANSFER PROTOCOL SITE AT ftp.adobe.com, OR FROM THEIR WEB SITE AT www.adobe.com. THE AIR POLLUTION CONTROL DIVISION DOES NOT PROVIDE SUPPORT EITHER IN THE PROCUREMENT OF THE PRODUCT OR IN ITS USE. PLEASE CONTACT ADOBE OR YOUR MERCHANDISER DIRECTLY.

Adobe, Acrobat, and Adobe Type Manager are trademarks of Adobe Systems Incorporated and may be registered in certain jurisdictions. (c) Copyright 1994 Adobe Systems Incorporated. All rights reserved.


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Last Updated: December 9, 1997