Portable Document Format (PDF) is a file format used to present documents in a manner independent of application software, hardware, and operating systems.

PDF File Format

Understanding the PDF File format series

We have been publishing a series of articles entitled Understanding the PDF file format. In each article we try to take a specific PDF...
Mark Stephens
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Don’t blame the PDF file format

I see a lot of complaints about the PDF file format on various forums, moaning about it. They tend to focus mainly on 2...
Brendan
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Why we need to see your PDF files…

What makes writing a PDF parser especially interesting (ie complex) is that the specification is often ambiguous and that PDF is a very complex...
Brendan
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Using the PDF file format for ‘plumbing’ at RandomHouse

I was visiting a client (RandomHouse) yesterday and it struck me that PDF is actually very commonly used inhouse to provide other products and services....
Mark Stephens
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Why can’t I just open and edit a PDF…

People sometimes try to edit a PDF file by opening the file in a text editor. This very rarely works for 3 reasons. Firstly,...
Mark Stephens
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