Tuesday, March 23, 2010

How to Download and View PDF Documents


A PDF (Portable Document Format) document is a computer file that is opened and viewed using the Acrobat Reader program.   Free Flight Quarterly Digital Edition uses the Acrobat PDF format to distribute information because one document can have images, styled text and easy to read formatting without needing an expensive program to view. Acrobat Reader is freely available from Adobe Systems at http://www.adobe.com . If you do not already have Acrobat Reader installed please download and install it from the Adobe Web Site. 

There are two ways to view a PDF file, both of which require the Acrobat software to be installed on your computer. The first way (which is strongly recommended) is to save the file to your hard drive and then open the document. The second way to view a PDF is directly in a web browser (Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Microsoft Internet Explorer, or Apple Safari for example). Viewing in the web browser is not recommended for use with the large files of a typical issue, 15 MB.

Windows Users
1. To download for later viewing
a. Find the link to the Acrobat file on the Free Flight Quarterly Digital Edition web page
b. Point the mouse cursor to the link and press the right mouse button
c. From the pop-up menu choose "Save target as..." or similar phrase
d. Navigate to a location on your hard drive where you wish to save the file and choose "Save"
e. At the end of the download Acrobat Reader will launch (if it has been installed properly and launched previously) and the downloaded file will be displayed

2. To view in the browser window
a. Find the link to the Acrobat file on the Free Flight Quarterly Digital Edition web page that you wish to view
b. Point the mouse cursor to the link and click the left mouse button
c. The first page of the Acrobat file will open (in the browser window) and basic navigation (zoom, print, next page, etc.) tools will be available.
Larger, multi-page files may not display properly when viewing in the browser window, so method one is recommended. 

Apple OS Users
1. To download for later viewing
a. Find the link to the Acrobat file on the Free Flight Quarterly Digital Edition web page that you wish to view
b. Point the mouse cursor to the link and press and hold the mouse button
c. From the pop-up menu choose "Save link as..." or similar phrase
d. Navigate to a location on your hard drive where you wish to save the file and choose "Save"
e. At the end of the download Acrobat Reader will launch (if it has been installed properly and launched previously) and the downloaded file will be displayed

2. To view in the browser window (may not be available in Mac OS X)
a. Find the link to the Acrobat file on the Free Flight Quarterly Digital Edition web page that you wish to view
b. Point the mouse cursor to the link and click the mouse button
c. The first page of the Acrobat file will open (in the browser window) and basic navigation (zoom, print, next page, etc.) tools will be available.
Larger, multi-page files may not display properly when viewing in the browser window, so method one is recommended.

The above information was developed from guidance at Radio Control Soaring Digest .