Join William Everhart for an in-depth discussion in this video What is a PDF?, part of Learning Digital Publishing (2012).
The Portable Document Format, or PDF, was developed my Adobe in the early 90s and…is a way to share documents with anyone, anywhere.…The PDF format is a simplified version of Adobe PostScript, a…programming language commonly used to describe the graphical data of a…document for printing.…Oftentimes a PDF is actually created by converting or distilling a PostScript…file of the original document.…Once all of the page information, such as fonts, images, and layout are distilled,…the resulting file is then compressed and you end up with a PDF.…
Now this sounds really complicated, but it all happens at the click of a button.…The PDF is very widespread as a publishing format.…In fact, if you've used a computer within the last decade, you are sure to have…encountered a PDF or two.…How would you know if you're viewing a PDF?…Well, let's take a look at some of PDF's more memorable features.…First, PDFs are OS independent.…That means that the same PDF can be viewed on a Mac, a PC, or mobile device.…PDFs also have a fixed layout, meaning that the design is exactly the same on…
- Is print dead?
- Understanding digital publishing terminology
- Comparing an EPUB to a fixed-layout EPUB
- Publishing with PDFs
- Understanding the benefits and shortcomings of ebook apps
- Working with InDesign, Word, and iBooks Author
- Understanding distribution options
- Selecting a publishing format
Skill Level Appropriate for all
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Creating a Fixed-Layout EPUBwith Anne-Marie Concepción3h 18m Intermediate
InDesign CS6: Interactive Documentswith Mike Rankin5h 11m Intermediate
InDesign CS6: EPUB Kindle and iPadwith Anne-Marie Concepción7h 33m Intermediate
1. What Is Digital Publishing?
2. EPUB Explained
3. Fixed-Layout EPUB Explained
What is a fixed-layout EPUB?1m 22s
4. PDF Explained
5. ebook Apps
6. Digital Publishing Software
7. Digital Distribution
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