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The many varied uses of PDF

April 01, 2004

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Editor's Note: This article is part of the Introduction to Acrobat & PDF Learning Center

What can't you do with a PDF? Because PDF is first and foremost about the page, pretty much anytime the key PDF qualities of authenticity, reliability, and portability are called for in a document application, PDF can serve like no other technology.

Any business can realize tremendous benefits with PDF.

  • PDF document generation and distribution eliminates printing costs and moves any remaining need for hard-copy to the end-user where it belongs!
  • Interactive PDF forms facilitate and transform business processes
  • PDF documentation helps customers, suppliers and employees find relevant information fast
  • Using PDF to record transactions, procedures and workflows
  • Streamlined authoring, review and commenting with PDF
  • PDF assists with safe communications between parties
  • PDF is a powerful archive format for content generated in other formats

For Government, PDF plays essential roles.

  • Public deployment of official communications with PDF
  • Safe internal and external communications with PDF
  • PDF forms and other interactive functions, including accessibility to disabled users
  • PDF capabilities help organizations adhere to a variety of regulations

Legal professionals benefit.

  • Capturing, managing and researching case materials in PDF
  • Submissions to the Court in PDF

Financial institutions gain new efficiencies with PDF.

  • Melding paper and electronic document systems with PDF
  • Process documentation and regulatory compliance using the PDF platform
  • Protecting PDF documents against change and unauthorized access

Engineering professionals find PDF useful for communicating.

  • The ubiquitous viewer gives PDF subtle advantages for sharing and reviewing detailed design or specifications information.

PDF is vital for creative professionals and printers because it delivers on screen and in print.

  • Streamlined review, comment and pre-press processes are superbly adapted for professional creative and printing needs

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