PDF Tutorial

PDF documents provide a convenient way for the public to view documents on the web or on your own computer. In order to view the document, you will need Adobe Acrobat Reader, which is a small and very popular program that allows PDF documents to be displayed. These documents can either be viewed through your browser, or Acrobat Reader can display them directly from your computer.
Acrobat Reader

The first thing you will need to do is make sure you have the most recent version of Acrobat Reader installed on your computer. You can look at your programs files to see if it is located there, or just try to open up a PDF document. If Acrobat Reader is installed on your computer, it will automatically be displayed. If you do not have the most recent version of Acrobat Reader, then you should download it. It is a free program, and very easy to install on your computer. Just click on the button below, follow a few short instructions, and Acrobat Reader will automatically be installed for you.

Viewing

After Acrobat Reader is installed, you can now view PDF documents. Simply clicking on a link to a PDF document will open it up in your browser. Compared to web pages, however, PDF documents can take a long time to download and be displayed. This is especially true if you are looking at any maps the City have posted on this site. When you click on a link to the document, it may seem like nothing is happening for quite a while, when in fact the document is being downloaded behind the scenes. Sometimes, especially when dealing with large documents, it is a good idea to save the document to your computer first, and then view the document from your computer, as opposed to viewing it online.

To do this:

  1. Right-click on the document, choose "Save As", and save it somewhere on your computer (i.e. 'Desktop' or 'My Documents')
  2. Then locate the document on your computer, click or double-click on it, and it will automatically be displayed through Acrobat Reader

Filling Out On-Line

Some of the City forms can be filled out on-line. These forms are marked by an asterisk (*). To fill out the form, simply tab or mouse through the text fields or check boxes. The filled out form can then be printed or saved locally and emailed.

Printing

To print out a PDF document, simply click on the printer icon on the toolbar, or goto FILE --> PRINT from the menu.

On some documents (marked with an *), you can fill out the form directly by typing right on the PDF document, and then print the form already filled out.