Karl's Corner: Google is a PDF-guy's best friend

July 13, 2006


Editor's Note: Formerly CEO of Planet PDF, Karl De Abrew is now the CEO of Debenu ( -- maker of the Quick PDF Library (formerly iSEDQuickPDF | QuickPDF) (, a powerful royalty-free PDF developer SDK, and Benubird Pro, the easy-to-use personal document management system.

ARTS PDF and Planet PDF are both divisions of BinaryThing

Like almost all those deeply involved in the PDF space, I've got my Google Alerts setup to shoot me an note whenever something fresh about PDF hits the web. That said, I can't count the number of times I've been sent an email regarding a posting from the "Pakistan Development Forum" or the "People's Democratic Forum".

Yes sir, even belongs to "PDF Solutions, Inc" a provider of Process-Design Integration technologies for integrated circuits.

Here's a list of the other PDF acronyms I've found at The Free Dictionary:

  • Package Definition File (Microsoft Systems Management Server)
  • Pair Distribution Function
  • Panamanian Defense Force
  • Paradox Data File
  • Parkinson's Disease Foundation
  • Pepito Domination Force
  • Permanent Defence Force (Irish Army)
  • Personal Data Form
  • Personnel Deployment Function
  • Plant Design Factor
  • Playa del Fuego (art festival)
  • Point Detonating Fuze
  • Policy Decision Function
  • Polypeptide Deformylase
  • Portable Data File (common but incorrect)
  • Post-Doctoral Fellowship
  • Postscript Document Format (common but incorrect)
  • Power Delay Profile
  • Power Distribution Frame
  • Power Down Flag
  • Precision Direction Finder
  • Precision Direction Finding
  • Premier Diesel Fuel (low sulfur diesel)
  • Pretty Damn Funky
  • Pretty Damn Funny
  • Pretty Darn Fast
  • Primary Direction of Fire
  • Principal Direction of Fire
  • Printer Description File (File Name Extension)
  • Probability Density Function
  • Probability Distribution Function
  • Procurement Data File
  • Product Development & Fulfillment company
  • Program Data File
  • Program Data Form
  • Program Development Facility
  • Publico Decreto Fecerunt (Latin: Made by Public Decree, epigraphy)

Have you come across any PDF acronyms that don't represent our favorite format? Post your PDF acronyms on the Planet PDF Forum Talkback section.

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