Need a PDF Reader?
There is one on the CD

Introduction to PDF

This CD uses a normal web browser to display examples and to offer quick access to the resources.

The resources are stored as PDF files, and to print them out you need to install a PDF reader such as Adobe Acrobat Reader for PC and Macintosh, !PDF or RiScriptPro for RISC OS. If you are using a reasonably modern computer, running Windows, you probably have a copy of Acrobat Reader installed. If not there is a copy on the CD.

What is PDF?

PDF stands for Portable Document Format and has been designed by Adobe. The idea is that the file will look and print the same on any computer which has a PDF reader. This allows authors to produce files with confidence, since they know that the file will print as they want it, without the need to worry about fonts or styles. There are free PDF readers for RISC OS, Macintosh, and Windows. The free one for RISCOS will not reproduce the fonts accurately, but the commercial product RiScript Pro produces excellent results. There is a free reader for Windows on this CD. Macintosh users who need advice can email us at

Installing Your PDF Reader on Windows

Adobe supply the free reader for Windows, and they advise you to uninstall earlier versions of Acrobat Reader before installing current versions. You can do this with the Add/Remove Programs option from the Settings Control Panel. When you install Acrobat Reader, it is simplest to Run this program from its current location. If you save the Reader to disk first, you will have to install it from there.

You might like to install Acrobat Reader now and then return to this page and read the tips.

Tips for Getting Good Results

These tips apply only to the Acrobat Reader found on this CD. You should also read these tips if you already have Acrobat Reader installed.

Open a copy of Acrobat Reader by double clicking on its icon. This should be on your desktop but may be in Programs. Now you can make the alterations below.

  • To improve the way Numeracy CD files look on screen, go to File, Preferences, General

    1. Alter the Default Zoom to 'Fit in Window' as this will allow you to see a whole resource sheet in one go. You can easily click the full size icon if you need a larger view.

    2. Uncheck the 'Display Splash Screen at Startup'

    3. Uncheck 'Display Open Dialog as Startup'

    4. Make sure 'Web Browser Integration is Checked'. This will allow the link from your browser to the resources to be seamless.

  • Once Acrobat Reader is installed, load a resource with several pages, then try clicking on the Pages Tab down the left of the screen. This is a very convenient way to explore the resources when there are several pages to choose from.

  • To improve the way Numeracy CD prints, go to File, Print

    1. Make sure 'Fit to page' and 'Print as image' are unchecked. If you leave fit to page checked, the resources will be scaled to fit inside page margins, and will appear slightly smaller.

    2. While still inside File, Print, choose Properties and select A4 as the page size. This is often the cause of documents being badly fitted on the page.

    3. While still inside File, Print, Properties, choose the Graphics tab. Depending on your make of printer, you can experiment with the settings here to get the best results on paper.


Once you have made the alterations, close Acrobat Reader. To test if everything is in order, remove the CD and re-insert it. The CD should activate and after a few seconds you should see the Home Page again.