AfterDawn: Glossary

PDF


PDF is short for Portable Document File.

Adobe created the open standard document exchange format in 1993 and the company says it "is the global standard for capturing and reviewing rich information from almost any application on any computer system and sharing it with virtually anyone, anywhere."

Formally known as ISO 32000, there are over 1 billion PDF files available globally.

PDFs are practically universal, with all platforms having a way to view and print the documents. This includes desktop OS like Windows, mobile OS like iOS, Android and ereaders.

The files can be encrypted, made editable and sent easily via email.

Keeping the original file intact, a PDF will preserve source file info including text, drawings, multimedia, video, 3D, maps, full-color graphics, photos, and even business logic.

PDF documents are also searchable like a word document.

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