.PDF File Extension

Portable Document Format

General Information

Title PDF File Extension
Extension .pdf
Full Form Portable Document Format
File Type Document File
Developer Adobe Systems
MIME Type application/pdf

File Function

Primary Function Document exchange
Additional Functions Printable, Shareable
Features Fixed layout, Vector graphics

File Characteristics

Quality High resolution
Supports Layers Yes
Supports Transparency Yes
Editable With software

Use Cases

Document Sharing Yes
E-books Yes
Forms Yes
Graphic Design Yes

Security and Practices

Security Risks Malicious code
Best Practices Encryption, Password protection

Historical/Version Information

Initial Release 1993
ISO Standardization ISO 32000-1:2008

Associated Types

Similar Extensions .ps, .eps, .xps

Software Compatibility

Software Usage Policy OS Compatibility
Adobe Acrobat Reader Free Windows, Mac, Linux
Foxit Reader Free Windows, Mac, Linux
Google Chrome Free Windows, Mac, Linux, Android, iOS