I know what you’re thinking, DORK!, and you’d be right. I live in the middle of Silicon Valley, have a tech startup, and spend 16 out of 24 waking hours in front of a computer screen. That being said, there isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t seem to use PDF, so I wanted to write a post paying homage to the lovely document we all use and love…PDF.
There are not many computer file formats used today that have been around for more than 20 years. PDF was invented in 1991. The history that it’s gone through, and all the revisions, have made it a very reliable platform to create documents.
This reliability comes into play heavily when considering using a PDF on different operating systems. You can install it on a PC, Mac, or any other operating system. When you use a PDF creator to create a document you can rest assured that everyone will see the document as you intended, because it shows up uniformly that way.
PDF files are as interactive as you want them to be. They can be as simple as a few sentences of text, or as complex as a whole array of high definition video. It works with audio, video, forms, flash, and more. It’s beautiful really, I don’t know how many times I’ve created an interactive PDF and saved myself from having to print out a form to have a client fill out. That is only one aspect of the interactive ability, there’s lots more.
I love security when it comes to important documents. When I create a PDF I stamp my seal of approval on it, and it’s done. If someone tries to alter it in transit I am protected. I use a digital signature to lock down all my files. It confirms that I actually created and own it. For a virus to hop on in and corrupt my PDF document is virtually impossible.
In order to get that wonderful interactive and secure PDF document you’ll need first edit it, and editing PDF documents is easy. Point click, drag-and-drop, fill in your text, and zip boom pop you’re done. I know there’s more to it than that, but even a novice can find editing PDF documents relatively easy. And since there’s such a wide use of these documents you can easily find tutorials to help you do, well, anything you want.
Another lovely advantage of using PDF documents is they turn out smaller than their original counterparts. PDF documents look the same as the original file, but the file size is much smaller. Through the compression it undergoes while being created the file size shrinks. This makes sharing much more convenient.
I know Thanksgiving is over, but I’m still grateful for PDF. Honestly, there aren’t many more files I use more consistently and have more trust in the PDF documents. Yes I know, I’m paying homage to an electronic file, but like I said in the beginning….I’m a dork