Do you know what a PDF is?
You’ve probably seen one, but even then – you never really know what it is.
In this article, we will cover exactly what a PDF is and how you can use it in a variety of ways.
Keep reading to discover important information about PDF files.
What Is a PDF?
A file with the.PDF file extension is a Portable Document Format file, developed by Adobe.
A PDF file can contain various content, such as text and images, interactive buttons, embedded fonts, hyperlinks, video, and much more.
You will often see eBooks, flyers, manuals, scanned documents, brochures, and a variety of other documents in the format of a PDF file. Even web pages can be saved in the format of a PDF, in full formatting for any later references.
Because of the universality of a PDF, they don’t rely on software or operating systems. Meaning they will look the same no matter what on all devices used.
How Can You Open a PDF File?
The majority of people who want to open a PDF will refer to the developers of the format. The Adobe Acrobat Reader can open any type of PDF, and it is completely free. It’s fine to use, but it can be somewhat bloated and have too many features that are unnecessary to a general user.
Nowadays, almost all browsers, like Firefox and Chrome can open the PDFs within them. Depending on your browser, you may or may not need an extension or plugin to help you open it up, but it’s very unlikely.
For a list of awesome PDF readers, check out this article.
How Can You Edit a PDF File?
Adobe Acrobat is not only a reader, but also an editor. However, Microsoft Word can also be used to do this. Other editors such as Nitro Pro and PhantomPDF are created for the sole purpose of editing.
PDF Buddy, DocHub, PDFescape are also all free-to-use and fully online, so you don’t have to download anything. You upload your PDF file and then insert images, signature, links, text, or anything else you might like. Within seconds, you download the file back without any trouble.
Another PDF editor like Fill is great if you only want to add a signature. It automatically detects and supports dates, checkboxes, regular text – and provides you with the means to fill in the blanks easily.
If you want to extract a part of a PDF file or split into several documents, you can use a PDF splitter to help you do the job.
However, in order to merge PDF files, you have to do something else. If you want to learn how to do it on Mac, check out this article: https://setapp.com/how-to/merge-pdf-on-mac
How Can You Convert a PDF File?
Most people who want to convert a PDF want to do so, in order to edit the contents. However, converting a PDF file will prevent it from opening in any other program than the one that supports the new file.
For example, you can convert a PDF to a DOC or DOCX file, which will allow you to open it in OpenOffice, LibreOffice, or Word. This can be better for those people who want to avoid the hassle of using an unfamiliar editor for PDFs.
If you want a non-PDF file to become a PDF file, you can use a PDF creator. These tools take all of the information, such as eBooks, images, Word documents and export them as PDF, which allows them to be opened in a PDF.
Exporting from any other format to PDF can be done with a PDF creator/printer, which even allows you to print any file into a PDF file.
Learn how to do so in this article.
More on PDF Apps
Calibre is a great example that allows you to convert and export PDF files into or from an eBook format.
Also, other programs mentioned will allow you to merge multiple PDFs into a single unit, extract the specific PDF pages, and save the images.
EasePDF is an online PDF to Word converter, that can save any file to a DOCX.
If you want to learn how to convert PDF to JPG, you can do that as well. This can be handy if you want to send a file, but don’t know if the recipient has a PDF reader.
EasyPDF is another online PDF converter that supports the process of saving PDF to a variety of formats, such as AutoCAD, Excel, PowerPoint, Words. You can also transfer a PDF to a GIF or a single text file. The PDF is available for upload from the computer, Google Drive, and Dropbox. CleverPDF is another alternative.
You can also convert a PDF to a PPTX. If you use the PDF Converter, it will split each PDF into a separate slide, so that you can use it in any presentation software.
How Can You Secure a PDF?
Using any of the software above, you are provided with the option to secure a PDF with a password, which will prevent anyone from copying, adding comments, inserting content, or printing the file.
PDF Done Right
Now that you know what a PDF file is and all about using it – you are well on your way to making the best of the file format for your various needs.
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