PDF (Portable Document Format) is a file format used to represent documents in a manner independent of application software, hardware, and operating systems. Each PDF file encapsulates a complete description of a fixed-layout flat document, including the text, fonts, graphics, and other information needed to display it.
Acrobat's PDF files are more than images of documents. Files can embed type fonts so that they're available at any viewing location. They can also include interactive elements such as buttons for forms entry and for triggering sound and QuickTime or AVI movies. PDF files are optimized for the Web by rendering text before graphic images and hypertext links.
PDF files are created using Adobe Acrobat , Acrobat Capture, or similar products. To view and use the files, you need the free Acrobat Reader, which you can easily download. Once you've downloaded the Reader, it will start automatically whenever you want to look at a PDF file.
In 1991, Adobe Systems co-founder John Warnock outlined a system called "Camelot" that evolved into PDF. While Adobe Systems made the PDF specification available free of charge in 1993, PDF remained a proprietary format, controlled by Adobe, until it was officially released as an open standard on July 1, 2008, and published by the International Organization for Standardization as ISO 32000-1:2008.
In 2008, Adobe published a Public Patent License to ISO 32000-1 granting royalty-free rights for all patents owned by Adobe that are necessary to make, use, sell and distribute PDF compliant implementations
PDF files are especially useful for documents such as magazine articles, product brochures, or flyers in which you want to preserve the original graphic appearance online. A PDF file contains one or more page images, each of which you can zoom in on or out from. You can page forward and backward.
When you convert documents, forms, graphics, and web pages to PDF, they look just like they would if printed. But unlike printed documents, PDF files can contain clickable links and buttons, form fields, video, and audio — as well as logic to help automate routine business processes. When you share a PDF file, virtually anyone can read it using free Adobe Reader? software or the Adobe Reader mobile app.
Key Features of PDF
1:When you use PDF files to communicate, you don't have to worry about whether people have the same software you used to create your originals.
2:The integrity and longevity of the more than one billion PDF files in existence today is ensured by the ISO 32000 open standard.
4:You can view and interact with PDFs on virtually any platform, including Windows?, Mac OS, and mobile platforms including Android? and iOS for iPhone and iPad.
5:Virtually anyone can electronically sign PDFs using free Adobe Reader XI software or Adobe Reader for mobile.
6:When you need to find a particular word or phrase in a PDF, it's easy to search text and metadata, including scanned text that was converted using optical character recognition (OCR) technology.
7:The PDF specification has been expanded to work with assistive technologies, making PDF files more accessible to people with disabilities such as low vision or blindness.
8:Whether your business needs a specialized solution for integrating PDF files into daily workflows or you'd like to receive training or consultation on the most efficient use of PDFs support is available.