Free Software for Professionals
Adobe Reader is part of Adobe Acrobat, developed by Adobe Systems. Adobe Acrobat serves the purpose of viewing, sharing, and printing large documents called .pdfs with ease. Adobe Reader is the more accessible version of Adobe Acrobat.
Before installing, make sure that the version of Adobe Reader you wish to download meets the minimum system requirements on your Mac by clicking on About Reader from the Adobe Reader drop down tab.
To download, find a webpage that serves as an application downloader, like Softonic, choose Adobe Reader from their downloads page, and then download. Adobe Reader should appear on your desktop dock or your Applications folder when successfully installed.
As Adobe Reader’s primary function is to serve as a document viewer, there has to be something to “open up” within Adobe Reader. It is not necessarily an editing software, but a viewing software, which means that it is like a void space, waiting to open .pdf files in particular. If you double click on a .pdf file that is saved on your computer, you will see that Adobe Reader opens up the file to view it by default.
Yes. Adobe Reader is a free application. Its purpose serves to make the sharing, printing, and viewing of long, tedious files an afterthought. Users can do a lot more with the purchased version of Adobe Reader, Adobe Acrobat.
Adobe Acrobat is the paid version of the Adobe program that is available in Standard and Pro. Acrobat can do everything that Adobe Reader can do, but with more perks to choose from like the option to edit content within the program.
Yes. Adobe Reader is not malicious software. If you download a .pdf file from a site you are uncertain of, remember to always be wary of where that downloaded link will take you. If the downloaded link does not show the white and red 3-circled loop Adobe icon when viewing downloaded material on your browser, then do not open the link onto your desktop.
Opening up a .pdf file is just a double click away. If you are still having trouble opening up a .pdf file, you may have to set Adobe as the default .pdf owner, but this is usually not a Mac-related case. Macs tend to have Adobe as the default reader for .pdf files.
Yes. All you have to do is select Save As from the File drop down menu and then select PDF from the Format tab in Word. Simply save the file as you normally would a Word document, and the file will be saved as a .pdf, sent to the Documents folder or the location of your choosing.
Updating is always a good measure. Functionality will have improved, as well as certain security aspects of the program. Updates help safeguard users against malicious attacks when opening up .pdf files in the off chance that an attack occurs.