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What is PDF?

Definition – What does PDF mean?

Portable Document Format (PDF) is a file format designed by Adobe in order to present documents such as text formatting and images, in the manner independent of application software, operating system and hardware. To view and use the file, you need Acrobat Reader that you can easily download, and once you have downloaded the reader solution, it will start whenever you want to look at a PDF file.

Glossary Web explains PDF

The PDF file is especially useful for a certain amount of documents such as product brochures, magazine articles or flyers in which you want to preserve the original appearance online. It contains one or more pages with text and images, each which you can zoom in or out from. You can page forward and backward.

The PDF format also supports metadata including the document titles, subject, authors and keywords. It can store embedded fonts, so you do not need to have the appropriate fonts installed to the view the document correctly. The document may also be encrypted so only authorized users can use and open them.

Martin Adler

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