What is a PDF file?
A Portable Document Format
(PDF) file is a self-contained, cross-platform document. In plain language,
it is a file that will look the same on the screen and in print, regardless
of what kind of computer or printer someone is using, and regardless
of what software package was originally used to create it.
Although they contain the
complete formatting of the original document, including fonts and images,
PDF files are highly compressed, allowing complex information to be
Why is the City of Clearwater
using the PDF format?
Because the PDF format allows the reliable reproduction of published
material on many different platforms (requiring only the use of free reader
software), it is a way to conveniently and quickly disseminate information
including text, tables, and graphics. Since PDF preserves the look and
feel of the original document, the federal government standardized on
the PDF format some time ago as a way of disseminating much of the material
it makes available online to the public -- e.g., IRS tax forms, Census
How to Download the Software or Web Browser Plug-In
Virtually anyone - including
Windows, DOS, Macintosh, SUN, and UNIX system users - can view and
print a PDF file, often from right within their Web broswer, using the free Adobe Acrobat® Reader, from the
Adobe web site.
To download the free Acrobat
Reader, click on this button:
If you encounter problems while downloading or installing
Acrobat Reader from the Adobe Web site, see Acrobat
Reader Support, or Troubleshooting
Problems When Downloading or Installing Acrobat Reader.
Adobe also has information
about PDF and the visually challenged.
How to View PDF Files:
Once the Acrobat Reader software
is properly installed, you just need to click on a link to a .pdf file
and it will be loaded for viewing on your computer. Note that the file
is sent to your computer as a temporary file that will be deleted when
you exit your browser, unless you choose to save the
PDF files are identified on your computer by the following graphic:
How to Print PDF Files
When printing Adobe Acrobat PDF files from within your Web browser,
do not use the Web browser print command or icon. Instead, use the print
button on the special Adobe Acrobat tool bar, which appears immediately
above the viewing window.
How to Save PDF Files
Similarly, click on the small disk icon on the at the top left end of
the special Adobe Acrobat tool bar, which appears immediately above the
viewing window. To save a PDF file without viewing it, right-click on
the hyperlink to the PDF document, and choose "Save Target As...".