PDF stands for the Portable Document Format, used to display documents in an electronic form independent of the software, hardware or operating system they are viewed on. Originally developed by Adobe® Systems as a universally compatible file format based on the PostScript format, it has become an international de-facto standard for exchanging documents and information.
In 2008, Adobe relinquished control of PDF development to the ISO (International Organization for Standardization) and by this PDF became an “open standard”. The specifications for the current PDF version (2.0) are documented under ISO 32000-2. ISO is also in charge of updating and developing future versions.
Not all PDFs are alike when it comes to working with them. Different types of PDFs require different ways of working with them, for example when searching or extracting information.Read more about the different types of PDFs ›