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    This may be a stupid question but....
    what's so attractive about adobe acrobat/.pdf type files for certain documents?
    Is it because it makes pretty documents that work across OSs?
    Thanks for any replies
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    Pretty much. You guessed it. Plus they are supposedly smaller than other document formats.
    Mankind have a great aversion to intellectual labor; but even supposing knowledge to be easily attainable, more people would be content to be ignorant than would take even a little trouble to acquire it.
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    Short and Easy comparison:

    Acrobat reader documents (.pdf) could be compared to what mp3 files are for music.
    "Compressed files with a slight reduced quality which makes less download time".

    Not the whole truth but close enough .

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    i use pdfs all the time...we send out newsletters price lists etc...

    benefits...

    their portable (portable document format = pdf...)
    if you've ever done a layout of something with fonts, table, photos on your box and then sent it to someone else..it can be a complete mess...fonts have to be exactly the same on both machines....that is if they can even open it...i can send you a pagemaker 6.5 file...or a pdf file...
    pagemaker costs about 700bucks...reader is free...what you want to read it with...

    you can get huge compression ratios...i just sent a file to a client which was almost 40 megs prior to pdf-ing...the pdf was 1.2meg

    it's one of the only secure* form of document transfer...our corp policy doesn't allow any attachements but pdf...they can't contain executables...

    *there was one very low risk vulnerability found about 6 months ago...doesn't mean there won't be more...but compared it to a doc of xls file...its as safe a it gets...

    theres more...but adobe'd have to pay me...
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    thank you, just what I was looking for.
    Preliminary operational tests were inconclusive (the dang thing blew up)

    \"Ask not what the kernel can do for you, ask what you can do for the kernel!\"

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