From Microsoft Office files to images, here’s how to turn multiple file formats into high-quality PDF files. A few clicks are all it takes.
With Adobe Acrobat, you can convert any Office file, image, or web page into a high-quality PDF that looks great on any device — desktop, tablet, or smartphone. Let’s get started.
The Adobe PDF specification ( ISO approved copy of the ISO 32000-1 Standards document ) includes an example minimal PDF file, but it’s possible to trim it down even further. The trickiest part is making sure that all the byte counts are correct (tips).
Most PDF files do not look readable in a text editor. Compression, encryption, and embedded images are largely to blame. After removing these three components, one can more easily see that PDF is a human-readable document description language.
In order to create and view a PDF, you must have the proper software installed. The most well-known PDF-creation software is Adobe Acrobat. Although you must purchase this software, Adobe offers a free PDF viewer called Adobe Reader, which you can download from their Web site.
The Portable Document Format, or PDF, was developed by Adobe Systems and has become the industry standard for document sharing. A PDF document is an exact replica of the original document, whether it’s a word-processing or text file, graphical drawing, photo, map, or even video. And it can be password protected so that access to features like editing and printing are restricted [source: Adobe].