Viewing and Printing Adobe Acrobat PDF Files

Many documents will be on this web site in Portable Document Format (pdf) files for easy download and printing identical to the author's design. The Adobe Acrobat Reader, a 5 Megabyte program that is free to download and use on your IBM compatible or Macintosh computer. Having the Adobe Acrobat Reader program installed on your system is required to view and print these pdf files.

The Adobe Acrobat Reader program is a defacto standard for viewing and printed images, and is highly recommended as a tool that everyone should have on his personal computer. Many documents are now available on the internet that require the Adobe Acrobat Reader, such as income tax forms, user manuals, etc. When used, the Adobe Acrobat Reader will print the document exactly as the designer planned. The file size of the downloaded image is relatively small compared to other types of images, such as jpegs or gifs that would be from scanned images of the forms. Due to the ease of conversion, meet entries, registration forms, and some newsletters will be in the pdf format, and can only be viewed with the Adobe Acrobat Reader program, version 4 or higher.

Generally, either Netscape or Internet Explorer will automatically download when you click the "Download Now" button or highlighted text button, and then start the Acrobat Reader to display the Newsletter in the same format as the printed version.  If you get an error when you download the pdf image, then you must start the Acrobat Reader program and find the pdf file you just downloaded, select it, and then the image will be displayed. You can choose to print the document if you have an ink jet or laser printer.

If you do not have the Adobe Acrobat Reader, it is a 5MB file that takes awhile to download, but it can be obatined freefrom the Adobe Web Site, Get Acrobat from Adobe. Remember to use your browser's "back" button to return to the North Carolina Masters Swimming web site. Once you have downloaded the Adobe Acrobat reader, you have to execute the file just received from Adobe to install it on your computer for future use when you download pdf files.


For files also available in standard web page format, such as the LMSC Across the Lanes you may newsletter, you will not have to use the Adobe Acrobat Reader to view the newsletter. Should you want to print the form, you may want to change the font sizes.

To change your font size, for IBM Compatible PC users of Microsoft Internet Explorer, go to the top line of your browser and select View, then select Text Size, and select either Smaller or Smallest for a trial and error method to print the entry page.

For users of Netscape Navigator, go to the top line of your browser and select View, then select Decrease Font for a trial and error method to print the entry page.

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Updated: March 20, 2002