9.3. Viewing PDFs
A PDF (Portable Document Format) file is an electronic image of a
document. PDF captures formatting information from a variety of desktop
publishing applications, making it possible to send formatted documents
and have them appear on the recipient's monitor or printer as they were
intended. To view a PDF you must have a PDF reader.
An open source application called xpdf is
included with Red Hat Linux. The xpdf toolbar at the
bottom has navigational tools that let you move backward and forward
through the PDF document, as well as standard zoom, print, and find
tools. The xpdf man page provides useful
information on the xpdf options. To view the
xpdf man page, at a shell prompt type
To view a PDF with xpdf:
In your desktop environment, go to
. You can also launch
xpdf by typing xpdf at
a shell prompt.
Right-click in the xpdf screen to
display a list of options.
Select to display the file
Select the PDF file you want to view and click
Another popular PDF viewer is Adobe Acrobat
Reader. While it is not included with Red Hat Linux, you can
download it free of charge at http://www.adobe.com/.