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>I want to convert some documents (whethere ms word, notepad, word pad, simply accounting invoices) into adobe,
Reader doesn't have this capability
oh, so is there some adobe that I can install that does?
sure, but it will cost you $$$.
oh, hmmm , so READER is only for READING stuff, not opening stuff, i see... hmmmm, so could you possibly explain what exactly adobe reader is for then?
would that "acrobat" thing work for opening up stuff?
Acrobat Standard or Professional can convert Word, and assorted other files to PDF. Reader is just for reading PDF files, nothing else.
> so could you possibly explain what exactly adobe reader is for then?
Exactly as you said, it's for reading PDF files that other people have
made. Think of it as a marketing tool: Adobe can sell Acrobat to
people to make PDF files, and anyone else can read them for free. If
there wasn't a free Reader, the chances are nobody would have heard of
PDF files. And because everyone now HAS heard of PDF files, more
people want to make them, and more copies of Acrobat are sold...
Your name "expert user" caught my attention. I just created an extensive PDF form with fill in fields. After much messing around I finally got the vertical alignment of the test so it could be read. However when I try to open it with Reader, the text in the fields falls below the field and makes it impossible to read. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
There is some confusion here....
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Portable_Document_Format explains how Adobe came to develop PDF as a truly portable document format so that anyone can create a document that is formatted, can contain pictures and movies and is encryptable so it cannot be altered.
It is cross-platform and is so successful it has been adopted as the official way of providing web documents by the US government and many others.
The pdf standard, which is based on another Adobe product, PostScript, is an open standard and other programs use it for output, including Microsoft Word. IMO the best free pdf generator out there is PrimoPDF.
Hope this helps