Help: Adobe Acrobat PDF files
The full text for all of our journals is available in PDF format.
The Portable Document format can be read by using the Acrobat PDF reader.
Adobe Acrobat Reader for PDFs is FREE. It's readily available and easy
to install and use.
On this page, you can find out more:
What is Acrobat?
The Acrobat system is designed to bring electronic documents to a wide range
of users. It has been developed by Adobe Corporation - who also created the
PostScript software used in many laser printers. Acrobat's cross-platform
documents are known as Portable Document Format (PDF) files. The free Acrobat
Reader software enables Windows, DOS, Macintosh and UNIX users to view,
navigate through, and print any PDF document. Articles in Acrobat format can
be viewed or printed to give a page almost identical to that found in a print
More information on
Acrobat is available at Adobe's World Wide Web server.
How to get Acrobat Reader FREE
Adobe distribute the Acrobat Reader FREE. You can
download Acrobat Reader
for Windows, DOS, Macintosh and a range of UNIX platforms from Adobe's server.
Comprehensive installation information is provided on Adobe's server.
Alternatively you can also download Acrobat Reader version 3 from this site:
(5.1MB), Windows 3.1
95, 98, NT 3.51 and 4.0 (4.0MB). For other platforms go to the
Reader home page.
How to display Acrobat files automatically
You can configure most World Wide Web browsers to
automatically display any Acrobat document downloaded. Refer to the
documentation for your World Wide Web browser for information on associating
the Acrobat Reader ('Acrobat Reader' for Macintosh, 'acroread.exe' for
Windows) as a 'Viewer' or 'Helper Application'. (You should associate the
Acrobat Reader with the MIME type: 'application' and the extension: '.pdf').
Due to the large variety of browsers in use, IOP
Publishing cannot offer technical support on how to configure your browser.
How to use the Acrobat Reader with Electronic Journals
All articles in Electronic Journals are available in Acrobat format. You will
find an Acrobat icon in the Options section underneath each abstract. Click on
the Acrobat icon to download the full article in Acrobat PDF Format on to your
Comprehensive information on how to use your Acrobat Reader is provided by
the Acrobat online help system, but you may find the following hints useful:
- All Electronic Journals articles in Acrobat format are provided with
'thumbnails' included. Select 'Thumbnails and Page' from the 'View' menu
(or click the 'View thumbnails' link) to display the thumbnail views of
each page as an aid to navigation within the document.
- We recommend selecting 'Fit Visible' from the 'View' menu to provide the
best page display.
- Adobe Acrobat articles published in 1996 onwards generally have file
sizes between 65KB and 200KB. Acrobat articles published between 1874-1995
generally have file sizes between 150KB and 500KB, due to the scanned
bitmap image format used. Files of this size can take a few minutes to
download, especially if you are on a slow or busy network.
- Before viewing Acrobat files published between 1874-1995, please ensure
that Smooth Text and Monochrome Images in the General Preferences dialogue
box of your Acrobat Reader (File Menu, Preferences, General) is checked.
This will provide the best on-screen page display for these articles.
- When printing Acrobat files from A4 size journals published between
1874-1995 on US Letter paper, we recommend checking Shrink to Fit in the
Print dialogue box, to ensure the article will fit on the paper size
currently loaded on your printer.
- Electronic Journals provides a Search facility that enables you to
search the title, author and abstract text of journal articles across a
journal, (Search). However, in addition, you may find
it useful to search within a single Acrobat file once it is downloaded to
your computer. To do this, select Find from the Tools menu or click on the
link with the pair of binoculars. Please note that you cannot search
within the Acrobat articles published between 1874-1995 due to their
scanned bitmap image format.
The Access Adobe Web site lists the latest Acrobat features that assist in making the Acrobat PDF format more accessible. These features are available in Acrobat from version 5.0 onwards. This version of Acrobat is also available from the Access Adobe Web site.
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