Abbreviation for Portable Document Format, a file format developed by Adobe Systems, that is used to capture almost any kind of document with the formatting in the original. Viewing a PDF file requires Acrobat Reader.
A PDF file is like a photocopy of a file, regardless of the type or length of the file. You can download it to your computer or view it online. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to view the file, whether you view it online or download for later reading. You can download a free copy of Acrobat Reader by visiting the Adobe web site. You can see samples of PDF files by visiting our Newsletters.
Adobe Portable Document format is a universal file format that retains all fonts and formats of a source document regardless of the application used to create the document.