The Portable Document Format (PDF) is used for a variety of electronic documents, from resumes to multipage books to commercially-printed brochures. It's a universal format that anyone can viewing use a free PDF reader. One of the most common PDF readers is Adobe Reader, the free counterpart to Adobe Acrobat, a software application used for creating and editing PDFs. However, there are many other PDF readers you can choose from. Most readers are free to download and take little time to install on your computer.
Things You'll Need
- Internet access
Download and install Adobe Reader. Make sure you download the right version for your operating system. Adobe Reader is very similar to Acrobat. You can open and view PDFs like any other reader, but you also can sign PDFs to certify or approve documents, fill in forms and print out documents.
Download the Foxit Reader for Windows. According to the Foxit website, the application takes up very little room on your hard dive. You can use the reader to convert PDFs to a text file, add bookmarks and fill in forms.
Download and install Sorax Reader, a small application that will launch quickly (see Resources) With Sorax, you have multiple printing options (include booklet printing), PDF search and zoom, and the ability to select and copy text.
Install the Nuance PDF Reader. According to Nuance, the reader takes up much less hard drive space than Adobe Reader, but has more features. You can fill in forms and save your data, make comments and markups, and convert PDFs to other formats such as Word, RTF and Excel.
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