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Karl's Corner: Creating web-ready PDFs

November 20, 2015

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PDF has many applications. One of the most interesting is as a final electronic distribution format. Known as 'electronic paper', the PDF format is designed to carry out the role of paper on a computer. Just like paper, a PDF file should be reliable, easy to use, authentic and polished. Unfortunately, this isn't always the case.

These days, it's common (if not expected) that any given PDF file you download from the web will fail to live up to this ideal. How many PDFs have you seen that are low resolution, too large in size, unsearchable, omit bookmarks, contain broken links or even prevent you from copying text? A long (long) while back, Google announced a bunch of free PDF ebooks that aren't useful or usable; check out Richard Crocker's detailed review for more.

So how do you create the 'perfect' PDF specifically designed for online distribution? It takes practice. Luckily, Planet PDF Contributing Editor Duff Johnson has listed 10 basic guidelines for creating the 'best possible' web-ready PDF. If you follow these simple suggestions, your clients and co-workers will thank you for it!

Do you have any 'web-ready PDF' suggestions of your own? Post your comments in the Planet PDF Forum.

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