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

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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Understanding the PDF file format – OCR PDF files

Some PDF files are generated from scanning in pages as images, and these have their own unique quirks. Sometimes, the original book copy is...
Mark Stephens
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Understanding the PDF file format – Layers

One of the really cool features about PDF files is that they are not a boring, static file format – they can interact with...
Mark Stephens
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What new PDF developers need to know

We had a discussion last week about what tips would help new developers get to grips when starting to work with PDF files. Here...
Mark Stephens
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