computer question

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  1. Hello. I have been emailed something called a pdf file. I am told in order to read it I need to install adobe acrobat???

    Where can I get this? preferably a download from the net as I am loathe to pay for it.

    I have found some things which might be it but they don't seem to work.

    help appreciated.
  2. PDF is a document format! You can downlaod a reader for it at:

    Adobe acrobat reader

    Hope this helps

  3. Google "Adobe Acrobat" and just download it from any of the many returns. The reader is free. The writer isn't.
  4. Thanks. I just don't get computers.
  5. PDF stands for Portable Document Format :D
  6. Basically mate its a protocol that allows documents to be read but not altered.
    Essentially it takes a picture of the document and presents it in a format that you can be easily read.
    Applications like office word open the document and you can alter it unless it is specifally set to prevent such, pdf's cannot be done so unless you have a PDF writer, which you wont need.

    Please see for a more long winded and comprehnsive explanation.

    Hope that helps a little. is a really good source of info.
  7. You should try foxit pdf reader. Less bloated and less intrusive as compared to adobe reader.