PDF stands for Portable Document Format. As the name implies, it is a data format that can be used to describe documents. Adobe, the developers of PDF, market software to create, edit and visualize PDF files. Because the specifications of the file format are publicly available, a lot of other companies develop software for PDF as well. In prepress, PDF is used more and more as a format to exchange data between applications.
The difference between PDF and formats used for writing (Word, Excel, Power Point, Quark, HTML, etc) is profound. Properly made, PDF files are not subject to the vagaries of other formats. PDFs are not readily editable - and editing may be explicitly prohibited. A precise snapshot, a PDF file is created at a specific date and time, and in a specific way. You can trust a PDF like you can trust a fax. You can't say that about a Word file!
Adobe Systems invented PDF technology in the early 1990s to smooth the process of moving text and graphics from publishers to printing-presses. At the time, expectations were modest, but no longer. PDF turned out to be the very essence of paper, brought to life in a computer. In creating PDF, Adobe had almost unwittingly invented nothing less than a bridge between the paper and computer worlds. Adobe's business -- and yours -- will never be the same again.
PDF is Electronic Paper
What are the important qualities of paper? Paper is authentic, reliable and easy to use. Most of the world still trusts paper as "hardcopy" to convey ownership, seal a deal, retain proof of delivery, and so on.
PDF is designed and intended to fulfill the role of paper within the computer... to be the electronic equivalent of paper.
Abbreviation of Printer Control Language, the page description language (PDL) developed by Hewlett Packard and used in many of their laser and ink-jet printers. PCL 5 and later versions support a scalable font technology called Intellifont.
PDF to PCL Converter (PDF2PCL) can be used to batch convert from Acrobat PDF files to other scalable vector graphics formats, such as EMF, WMF, SVG, Postscript (PS), EPS, SWF (Flash), XPS, HPGL, PCL etc. The software can be run using the handy interface or in batch mode to convert large volumes of PDF files in real-time. PDF to Vector Converter is available via an easily integrated COM object (or DLL Library, or Command Line), enabling developers to access the converter via any programming or scripting languages, such as Visual Basic, C/C , Delphi, ASP, PHP, C#, .NET, etc. Using the COM object (or DLL Library, or Command Line), file conversions can be done consecutively or simultaneously.
PDF to PCL Converter (PDF2PCL) converts Acrobat PDF files into following file formats.
WMF Windows Metafile
EMF Microsoft Enhanced Metafile (32-bit)
PS Adobe PostScript file
EPS Adobe Encapsulated PostScript
SVG Scalable Vector Graphics
SWF Macromedia Flash File Format
XPS Microsoft XML Paper Specification
HPGL HP-GL plotter language
PCL HP Page Control Language, Printer Command Language Format (PCL)
PDF to PCL Converter (PDF2PCL) converts Acrobat formats to any of the industry-standard formats listed above. As native vector graphics, you gain tremendous advantages when importing them into your publishing system.
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