PDF Details - For Intermediate Users of the PDF File Format

Now that you know a little bit about the PDF, it's time to get you more acquainted with the format. For instance, what does a PDF look like? How does it look on your screen? What can it do when you view it? What are its main features?

For new users of the PDF format, below is an introduction to the PDF. The following is a brief description of what to expect from a PDF file, what you can do with it and how you can use some of its features.

Convenience: The browser window

The PDF not only gives you the document you want to view, it also comes in a neat and tidy package. When you open a PDF file, a browser window pops up with the document surrounded by a toolbar sporting icons for different functions. Because the PDF browser window has this graphical user interface (GUI), you are given control over how you view the document.

Electronic, efficient and economic, the PDF simplifies your working habits for you.

The PDF is more than just a single, one-dimensional file

Unlike a Word document attachment in an email, the PDF is more flexible for your viewing needs.

Port-ability, Compact-ability, Ease-ability

The compact and electronic nature of a PDF file makes the format easily exploitable.

With all of the advantages that come with using the PDF, the format is already a standard work tool in a growingly electronic based world.

Graphic Integrity

Not only can you format written documents into PDFs, but you can also format non-text content such as images. Your PDFs can contain anything from simple textual information to extremely complex graphics, colors, and images. How? Through PDF technology.

You may notice how well a page is duplicated in the PDF format. Well, the PDF format outputs good page composition because PDF technology is derived from a programming language known as PostScript, which defines graphics and images and is particularly suited to describing the appearance of a printed page.

In addition, this graphics-based programming language is also combined with a structured storage system. The PDF is able to support highly efficient compression technology which allows the condensing of complex graphical elements. This means that the images you send in the PDF format can accommodate a smaller space without losing any of their integrity.

Most notably, an important aspect of the PDF format is that it can retain the overall originality of the document. PDF technology also accommodates this with a font-embedding, replacement system which allows fonts to travel with the documents; it serves as a way to keep the appearance and structural flow of the original document when viewed.

The PDF format's special technology gives the PDF its versatility, a unique quality that can greatly benefit any type of work (whether textual or graphical).