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There is no doubt that PDF is a mainstay in the digital publishing, market but it does not fit everyone's needs. As a publisher, there perhaps is no easier format to create, but the audience could be missing out when it comes to PDF. While there are only a few drawbacks to using PDF, they may be enough to cause you concern. Let's take a look at the dark side of PDF. Perhaps one of the biggest drawbacks of PDF is this lack of reflowable content. Here, I have a PDF open.
If I scale this window just as if I were viewing this on a smaller device, notice that the text gets smaller, the images stay in place, and it really does not fit the smaller screen; it's not comfortable for reading. Another drawback of PDF is that there is currently a lack of major distribution channels for PDFs. As the digital publishing revolution continues, Adobe will be keeping the PDF in development and most likely crawl some of these barriers in the future.
In the meantime, you can feel confident in the PDF as a viable publishing solution for documents that don't require extensive interactivity, large marketplaces for distribution, or will be viewed on small screen devices.
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