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Date: Mon, 26 Sep 2011 15:46:13 +0000
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You had asked what people use if not Acrobat, to read PDFs.  If you are on
a Mac, then for simple viewing Preview is actually preferred because it
loads fast and you can print from it as well.  As for the naming
convention, it's a PDF document, not an Acrobat document.  Since PDFs can
be produced and opened by more than just Acrobat software, this is far
more accurate.  I've been producing web sites and applications for over 15
years and this is the first I've ever heard a PDF referred to as an
Acrobat document.  Sorry, but it sounds kind of stupid IMHO.


On 11-09-25 8:03 AM, "Skot Nelson" <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

>Heh. Thanks Deborah (and all else who responded.) It seems that my
>company is going to continue to use "Acrobat file" despite the fact that
>*everybody* on two lists has agreed with you (and my personal feeling)
>that "PDF file" is the right way to go!
>Inertia, it seems, outweighs rationality. Sigh.
>On Sep-24-2011, at 08:54 , Deborah Galdes wrote:
>> "PDF file" or "PDF document" is the correct terminology. The Adobe
>>Acrobat software application allows people to create PDF files/documents
>>and PDF forms. I've never heard of an "Acrobat file" and I work at Adobe
>>Systems. :-)
>Skot Nelson
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