Australian Periodicals 1840-1845

Help - Using the Acrobat Reader

How to Download the Acrobat Reader
Opening a PDF File
General Description of the Reader's Features
Moving between multiple PDF files

How to Download the Acrobat Reader

The Acrobat Reader enables you to view the PDF files of the periodicals available in the Australian Periodical Publications 1840-1845 site. The Reader  can be download free of charge from the the Adobe Acrobat website. The Adobe site contains step by step instructions for downloading, and includes information about the system requirements you will need to have available to support the Reader.

Opening a PDF File

When a link to one of the PDF files is activated from the Volume Contents List for a particular periodical, the browser may either open the Adobe Acrobat Reader application and display the page; or display a dialogue box that asks if you wish to save the file to a disk or to open the file in the browser.

Examples of these boxes are shown below. The Figure 1 is box displayed in Netscape 4.5; Figure 2 is from Internet Explorer 3.02 (the most recent version of Internet Explorer opens the Acrobat Reader inside the browser window).

Where prompted, click in the button beside "Open it" to open the journal page in the Acrobat Reader. Whichever option is selected, you will still need to use the Acrobat Reader to view the files.

Figure 1
Netscape dialogue box
Figure 2
Internet Explorer dialogue box

General Description of the Reader's Features

There are a number of features in the Acrobat Reader that will assist in viewing the periodical pages, and Acrobat provides a Reader Online Guide with more detailed help information that that provided here. The Reader Online Guide is accessed from the Help dropdown menu in the Reader itself.

Some of the most useful features for viewing the Australian Periodical Publications 1840-1845 are:

Navigation arrows: Acrobat Reader navigation arrows These allow the pages to be accessed in sequence (the two arrows in the centre); or to navigate straight to the beginning (arrow on left) or end (arrow on right) of the file. In this example, the two arrows that are grey (those on the right) are not usable because the Reader is currently pointing to the last page in the file.

Thumbnails: Acrobat Reader thumbnails icon Activating this icon displays a series of thumbnails of the page in a window on the left of the screen and the current page on the right. {Link to an Example here]:

Zoom Tool:Zoom Tool icon The Zoom Tool, when activated will allow you to zoom in to view the detail on a particular page. To do this, just activate the tool with the mouse; then click on the part of the screen you wish to view in more detail. To return to the normal display for a page, use the page on the left: Select page display option

Drag Tool:Drag Tool icon. When the Drag Tool has been activated, you can drag the page to see an adjacent part of the page at the same zoom magnification. This is particularly useful for larger pages.

Moving between multiple PDF files

It is possible to have several PDF files open in the Acrobat Reader. To switch between these, you will need to use the Window Dropdown menu and select the file you wish to view. It is advisable to only open the files for a single issue as subsequent files with the same file name will be given a temporary file name in Acrobat (e.g. VODIFG3M.pdf) and it will be more difficult to work out which file you wish to view.


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