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PDF file format

File extension
.pdf
File category
Programs
Ghostscript
Ghostview
Xpdf
gPDF
Main program
Adobe Viewer
Description
PDF – is a cross-platform extension necessary for the visualization of printed materials in electronic form. It is developed by Adobe Systems using separate PostScript resources. PDF documents can exist separately from the OS or hardware tools with which they were developed. Files of this format do not have restrictions on the length, several types, and image options, as they allow you to embed various multimedia tools, scan-line, and vector images. They are supported by Adobe Reader and many browsers, providing the plugin is installed.
Technical details
PDF supports color models CMYK, RGB, shades of gray, and also it has its technical formats for performing the exchange of finished documents. Any file contains a description of a 2D or 3D document with all the necessary components (scan-line, vector graphics, text, and more). The extension does not encode data associated with the software or OS used to develop and view it.
MIME type
application/pdf