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  • What does the future hold for PDFs?

    August 17, 2012

    Portable document format (PDF) files deliver a number of benefits to users. People can typically access customized, high-quality content on desktop computers, laptops, smartphones and tablets with PDFs, which makes them a valuable option for readers and publishers.

    PDFs are an open standard, and over one billion of these files currently exist. Users frequently consider this option because it enables content to be viewed on numerous platforms, becoming a trusted, reliable choice for businesses and government agencies.

    Additionally, the document security these files provide make them worthwhile as a long-term option. While technology is constantly changing, PDFs could be used for an extended period of time.

    There are several reasons why PDFs present an ideal choice – both now and in the future.

    1. Customization – With PDFs, publishers can basically add any content they would like into an easy to access file. Pictures, text and video can be included, while the file itself remains compact and user-friendly.

    For instance, a writer may wish to share his or her book digitally in the hopes of attracting a large audience. If he or she selects PDFs, this publisher will enjoy being able to include complementary content for his or her readers. This could lead the writer to receive worldwide attention, as he or she can provide custom content.

    2. Security – Creating a file is simple with PDFs, and securing documents and materials also requires minimal effort. When publishers want to protect their content from hackers and viruses, they can password protect it.

    Meanwhile, authorized users should have no trouble viewing materials, as they can be provided login information. Entering a username and password gives this reader quick, easy access, enabling him or her to retrieve PDFs on any mobile device.

    3. Interactivity – PDFs are versatile, as content created in a different file format can be converted while maintaining its initial visual elements. This can prove instrumental for publishers, as they may effortlessly transfer Microsoft Word documents into PDFs.

    Importing and exporting data is also possible with PDFs. They allow publishers to include graphics, hyperlinks, movies, music, text notes and more within a file. This gives content creators flexibility, as they can include interactive materials to spice up any materials.

    While the future rarely offers guarantees, the advantages PDFs provide make it likely that publishers will continue to use these files.