Adobe - Acrobat or Adobe Reader
PDF Reader and Writer
What is Acrobat or Adobe Reader?
are many names which Adobe's PDF software package
goes by. Acrobat, Acrobat Reader, Adobe
Reader, Acrobat Writer and Adobe Writer. This
may sound confusing at first, but there are really
only two flavors of Acrobat.
The first is a reader, Adobe Acrobat Reader.
The reader or viewer for Adobe PDF files is free and
available on most computers out of the box, but can
also be downloaded at
The second is a writer, Adobe Acrobat Writer.
The writer is available for purchase in many of the
Adobe software packages or as a standalone product.
The importance of Acrobat lies in the format of
document it produces, PDF. A PDF file is in
what is called Portable Document Format, hence the
PDF file extension. PDF documents can be used
cross computer platforms and across browsers on the
web. With a PDF format you can guarantee that
your document is available to a wide audience and
retains its format regardless of how that audience
Adobe's other products such as Photoshop and
Illustrator allow for files to be saved as PDF
format as well as their own proprietary format.
How does WSI utilize Adobe Acrobat?
One of the most commonly committed crimes on the
internet, is to post a file for a user to view that
is platform dependant. Many times, amateur web
designers post Microsoft Word or Microsoft Excel
files on a website. This wouldn't be a
horrible thing if every web surfer was on a
Microsoft Windows computer with Microsoft Office
installed. But, many users are on Apple or
Linux based systems. Microsoft Office may not
be installed or even available to some of these web
visitors. This means that while they maybe
able to download your document they wouldn't be able
to view it. This can cause your users to
become frustrated or require them to purchase
additional software to fully enjoy the information
you have crafted for them.
WSI uses the PDF standard file type on the web as
well as for a business document format. Our
proposals, web documents and many of our marketing
materials are created with a wide range of programs,
but when we look to distribute those documents to a
large audience, we look to the PDF format to make
sure our documents are viewable.
Something really cool and FREE, PDF995!!
Many business can't afford to have all their
employees computers packed with expensive software
such as Adobe Acrobat Writer. An alternative
that allows for computer users to create PDFs is
PDF995. This free program allows you to
"print" from any program that allows printing to a
PDF. The free version requires you to view ads
from the software's supports, but for a small cost
you can upgrade to the full version which removes
these ads. Neat, huh?
If you would like to know more about what Adobe
Acrobat can do for you, please feel free to