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I have recently been getting frustrated with just how many things are released as PDFs. I am okay with the format itself.But the content that is released as a PDF ...
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- 09-26-2012 #1
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What do you think about PDFs?
Beyond the obvious portability of PDF is there any redeeming quality to it?
- 09-26-2012 #2
Well, it's always been the format of choice for user manuals. The obvious advantage is that there are plenty of available viewers and it prints well. A pdf with embedded fonts always looks the same and the producer has complete control over that look.
I do a lot of work for ODF authors (the OpenOffice/ LibreOffice documentation team) and all their user guides are published as PDFs. It's also the native format for Lulu.com, the self-publishing site.
What you're really complaining about is the use of PDFs where a web page would do the job better. But that applies to anyone who uses an inappropriate medium or format for a job."I'm just a little old lady; don't try to dazzle me with jargon!"
- 09-26-2012 #3
You either love them or you hate them. I used to work in the printing business
and we used a lot of PDFs, because they print consistently. The document
looks good on paper without having to do a lot of editing or adjusting.
The US gov't publishes blank forms as PDFs. You can download a
1040 form from the IRS and print it and it will be a genuine
1040 that you can use to file your income tax.
PDFs don't look god on a computer screen, because they don't flow
like HTML I hate reading them online. They aren't well suited for that.
- 09-27-2012 #4
- 09-27-2012 #5
I agree with Hazel, the problem is using PDF's where a web page or page of text document is better. For a manual, book, etc. they are great, but for a 1-3 page plain text document, I hate them.Registered Linux user #526930
- 09-28-2012 #6
Meh, I don't much care for them at all. I would rather see everything in an open format that anything can create.
But all of the professors at my university use it, so I must also.
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- 09-28-2012 #7
What do you think about PDFs?oz
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