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The PDF has been around for some time now. In that time, Adobe has continually developed the format in an effort to make sharing documents easy, consistent, flexible, and secure. With its support for rich interactive content, PDF documents can be so much more than just the written word. Let's take a look at some of the PDF's more endearing qualities as a digital publishing solution. Most applications offer a way to export directly to PDF. If the application you're using does not, chances are there is a plug-in or a script that will enable this feature.
For example, here I have an InDesign document that I would like to export as a PDF. To do so, I simply go to the File menu, choose Export, my Format of choice, and click Save. I'm offered a series of choices here. I am simply going to turn on the View After Exporting so we can see the results. I'll click OK and it might take just a moment or two, depending on the complexity of your document, for InDesign to create the PDF.
I'm going to resize this window and let's compare the two, side by side. So as you can see, my layout in InDesign is perfectly matched in my PDF. The fonts, and colors of the fonts, that I have chosen are also perfectly matched in my PDF. Let me just scroll through this document so that we can compare the InDesign layout to the PDF layout. So I'll scroll down to page 2 in my InDesign layout, and I'll flip to page 2 in my PDF. Looks pretty good.
Another huge benefit of the PDF is its support for security features. Let's take a look at a document that I have secured earlier. As you can see, the icon itself is a little bit different here. When I go to open this PDF by double- clicking on it, I'm asked to enter a Password. If I enter the correct password, my PDF opens and I can preview the document. Now you may be wondering, why is this view different than the other? Well, that's because I have this in a single page view.
If I were to change this, we would see that the layout does indeed match my InDesign document. There's no doubt about it, PDF is a very popular digital publishing solution. Its widespread adoption by various markets illustrates its flexibility and popularity. Anyone can open a PDF and most everyone can create them. The PDF has become a preferred format to transfer information, no matter what the market content or audience.
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