If you are publishing documents to the internet that you want everyone to be able to read, then Adobe Acrobat PDF files are for you. PDF (Portable Document Format) files can be read by anyone who downloads the free reader, and it’s quickly becoming the standard for web publishing.
Fonts can be embedded so it doesn’t matter what fonts have been installed on the user system. Graphics, hyperlinks and proportional spacing are all supported.
Adobe Acrobat is much preferred over other methods, especially those which use EXE file types. Since EXE files are becoming common for the transmission of viruses and Trojan horses, your average user simply will not open them at all. There are no such concerns with PDF files as there is no executable code.
One thing to remember, though, is if you include Acrobat files on your site, you always should include a way to download the Acrobat Reader. This is necessary because many people do not have that installed on their systems yet. If you don’t give them a button to install the reader than they cannot read your document.
In order to create PDF files you will need to purchase Adobe Acrobat. The product has some incredible features and is well documented, so you shouldn’t have any problems. I especially liked the way PDF documents are created. Let’s say you have a Word document that you want to create in PDF format. Simply open the document in Word, then Print it to a PDF file. It’s that simple.
One feature that I really like about Adobe Acrobat is the ability to read a web page or even an entire web site into a PDF file. This is an awesome way to get a permanent copy of something from the web. One caution, though, movies, sound and animated GIFs are not supported.