Platform independent file format created by Adobe (see Acrobat Reader). Created for offline reading of brochures, reports and other documents with complex graphic design. When you download a .pdf file, you get the entire document in a single file.
A format that is cross-platform compatible and well-suited for web document transfer because it retains full formatting when printer. PDF was developed by Adobe for its Acrobat Reader.
An electronic file format that has captured all the elements of a printed page as an electronic image that can be viewed, printed, or forwarded to someone else. PDF files are created using Adobe Acrobat. PDF files are especially useful for preserving the original graphic appearance online. OUP uses the PDF format for e-books, and for putting sample chapters or pages from books on our website.