PDF, Everything you ever wanted to know

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PDF, the portable document format

  • Everything you ever wanted to know about PDF.
    • created to get away from all the dependencies of different operating systems and word processing applications.
      • Takeaway: There are many versions of the PDF format; not all PDF documents will behave the same.

PDF Trivia

PDF software


Desktop Applications
  • Browsers {Chrome, Firefox, Safari}, have native ability to read PDF by virtue of pdf.js library, the simplest, but not the most reliable, nor the fastest.
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader now deceased? Now it's Adobe Acrobat DC
  • SumatraPDF for Windows, is the best <-- That's a matter of quantitative fact & because of the GNU GPL!
  • Preview for Macintosh
  • Evince for GNU/Linux
Mobile Applications

Export as

Most applications have an ability to export as a PDF document:

  • MS Excel
  • MS Word
  • MS PowerPoint
  • Libre Office Writer
  • Libre Office Calc
  • Libre Office Presentation
  • Google Sheets
  • Google Doc
  • Google Slides

Edit (Import)

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