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What does Adobe Reader do?

Answer: Adobe Reader is a free program created and distributed by Adobe Systems. It is used to open PDF documents. PDFs can be a wide variety of files, such as images, text documents, forms, books, or any combination of these. They are cross-platorm, meaning each PDF will look the same on a Windows computer as it will on a Mac.

Adobe Reader cannot create PDFs -- it can only open them. If you want to create or edit a PDF, you will need to get Adobe Acrobat, which unlike Adobe Reader, is not free.

Published: March 4, 2005 — by Per Christensson

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