RTF (Rich Text File) is a proprietary format developed by Microsoft Corporation. RTF files are actually ASCII files with special commands to indicate formatting information. In everyday usage, RTF files are commonly used for exchanging formatted text documents because of the small file sizes that are generated, its basic formatting capabilities, and its high portability between operating systems and programs, both new and old. RTF files can be created MS WordPad, which comes installed with Windows, though a variety of programs can read and export to the RTF format, including MS Word.
Although not as robust a format as an MS Word document, an .RTF file is still used in many instances. When working with different files, you more than likely have experienced the most common issues possible—data corruption, computer viruses and failed data exchanges. When such issues occur with your documents, the .RTF format is usually the alternative format of choice.
The basic formatting capabilities of an RTF file are also a benefit. In some cases, there are times when you need more than just text to draft up simple documents. It can support an adequate range of basic formatting elements from bulleted lists, content alignment, and fonts to bold, italics and underlined text. This makes the format a good choice for documents like resumes, static forms, reports, quick notes, and internal company letters. In most cases, it can serve as a basic alternative software tool to full featured word processing applications.
Another advantage for using the .RTF format is that of security. Because of the format’s inability to support macros, an .RTF file is generally considered a safer format. RTF files reduce the possibility of you opening infected Word documents that will automatically run macro viruses when opened. Because of the way macros are created, these Macro viruses can potentially access Windows system calls, giving malicious users control over your computer.
In instances where limited file usage, basic formatting, and safety concerns are an issue, an RTF file is an ideal format. Thus, as your last alternative to exchanging your data, you should be looking to protect your data. Although an RTF file is already generally safer than most formats, it is not safe against other users who may edit and modify its contents without your consent. To secure your RTF content, convert it to a secure format like the PDF with Able2Extract PDF Converter.
Creating a secure PDF document out of your RTF file is simple. Able2Extract provides everything needed to create PDF files both you and your recipients can trust. You can create PDF files by using the Able2Extract user interface or the virtual print driver.
Whichever method you use, you can easily access Able2Extract’s PDF security options and selectively choose from a number of common file restrictions and permissions. Here are a few of the security measures you can implement to ensure your content is protected:
Depending on the importance of your content, you can scale your security measures as needed. You can choose to select all or a few of these options. It is ultimately up to you.