Message #31:
From: AzTeC SW Archaeology SIG
To:   "'Matthias Giessler'" 
Subject: 36 CFR 800 and Other PDF Formats via Acrobat Reader
Date: Thu, 16 Jan 97 13:06:00 MST
Encoding: 48 TEXT


From: Alan Shalette 

Brian: In a [personal] message dated 97-01-15 21:19:35 EST, you wrote:  " If 
you find [computer applications or] tools appropriate for clusters of 
southwesternists, tools that would be useful -- but ones that [SWA might 
not] necessarily use, please feel free to contribute the information to the 
SASIG."

Here's something you may want to distribute. It's not a tool per se, but 
advice on how to use the resource. Of course, I make the assumption that 
readers understand/can use the WWW &/or ftp. (By the way, I wonder how the 
WWW via e-mail utility at (lanic.utexas.edu) would handle a file download.)

TechNote: Adobe Acrobat Files
(from NewsMAC, 1997n1 - newsletter of the NM Archeological Council)

To view formatted text files, one needs to have the same font files which 
were used in their creation. Otherwise, the viewer's operating system will 
substitute typefaces with unpredictable results.

Copyright protections prohibit distributing many fonts along with the 
documents which use them. This has become a major problem for documents 
distributed over the Internet.

Adobe created its Acrobat technology to overcome this problem. It sells 
document creation software and distributes reader software at no charge. 
Acrobat files (extension .pdf - "portable document file") have font files 
embedded in the documents. Thus, .pdf files can be read just as they were 
created.

For example, the 36 CFR 
800 documents, sometimes mentioned in SASIG messages are in .pdf format. 
All one needs to read them is to obtain a free copy of the reader program - 
available as two types: one that integrates with Netscape Navigator, and one 
which operates as a standalone application. Reader programs are also 
available for Windows, DOS, and the Mac.

Readers (about 1.5 Meg) may be downloaded via the WWW at  http://www.adobe.com 
and the Adobe ftp site at ftp://ftp.adobe.com/pub/adobe/Acrobat ( look at 
the accompanying README.TXT file for installation instructions ).  Readers 
may also be found on commercial and shareware CD-ROM's and on AOL. The current 
Acrobat version is 2.1; version 3 was available as a beta test system when 
this was written.

Alan Shalette, [NewsMAC] Editor