As you explore the City of Orlando
Web Site, you will occasionally run into an form or map that
requires downloading. They are called Portable Document Format (PDF)
files. This format was chosen in order to preserve the appearance of
complex graphics, color and detail in our maps and reports.
In order to access these files, you
will need to download the Adobe Acrobat Reader.
- What is Adobe
Adobe Acrobat is a two-part
program. The first part -- the one webmasters use -- costs
money. Your part -- the Adobe Acrobat Reader -- is free.
This reader opens and "translates" the PDF files that
you have saved on your computer. Documents created in all sorts
of applications, from word processing to spreadsheets, graphics
to page layout, can be saved as Acrobat documents, and look the
same regardless of the version of web browser or type of
computer. The document names end in .pdf.
- What isn't
Adobe Acrobat is NOT a word
processing file: you can't open it in your word processor.
- How am I
supposed to read an Acrobat file?
To read an Acrobat file, you
first download the version of Adobe Acrobat that matches your
operating system (i.e. Macintosh, Windows 95, Windows 3.11,
Windows NT, OS/2.) To download the free Reader, click the
- How long does
it take to download the Reader?
The time will vary depending on
the speed of your modem. A 28.8 modem, for example, will take
about twenty minutes.
- How do I
download the Reader?
site will walk you through the save process. Remember where you
The Adobe Acrobat Reader is
software, which means that like any other software, you have to
install it. Because there are so many possible combinations of
operating systems out there, you should check out your manual
Note: Once you've
installed the Acrobat Reader software, you can repeat the saving
process for as many documents as you wish to download from the
City of Orlando (or any other site for that matter.)
- How do I open
an Acrobat document?
Remember, Adobe Acrobat files are
not word processing files. Now that you've downloaded and
installed the Acrobat Reader, you'll want to
start/open/run/double-click to get the program going. You open
documents the same way you do anywhere else: go to the file
menu, find the document, and open it, peruse it, and print it at
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