PDF & Adobe Acrobat

Portable Document Format (PDF) & ISO 32000-1

PDF is a portable format for electronic document distribution, visualization and printing, regardless of platform (operating system, viewing and printing devices), or of the application used to create the document, preservating fidelity to the original document: formatting, fonts, colors, imagens and graphics.

The PDF format is compact and the documents can be viewed and printed correctly and precisely, with a free Adobe Acrobat Reader, available for a wide variety of operating systems. With Adobe Acrobat software, the author can insert many facilities for navigation and hipertext, as well as multimedia features, into the document.

PDF Software Tools

  • Adobe Acrobat Family
    By Adobe Systems - Adobe Brasil.
  • Foxit
    Foxit Reader for Windows and Linux (gratuito), Foxit PDF Creator, Foxit PDF Editor, Foxit PDF IFilter, Foxit PDF Page Organizer, Foxit Reader SDK.
  • Xpdf
    Xpdf is an open source viewer for Portable Document Format (PDF) files. Xpdf runs under the X Window System (X11) on UNIX, VMS, and OS/2. Xpdf is designed to be small and efficient. It can use Type 1, TrueType, or standard X fonts.
  • PDF Forge
    PDF Creator: open source utility, easily creates PDFs, by printing from any Windows program. Use it like a printer in Word, StarCalc or any other Windows application. PDFCreator combines a PostScript printer driver to Ghostscript PS→PDF processor/converter.
    PDFCreator SourceForge project.
  • FreePDF
    Download FreePDF XP for Windows 2000/XP/Vista. FreePDF 2.x for 9x/NT. Requires AFPL/GPL Ghostscript.
  • CutePDF Writer
    CutePDF Writer is a free PDF creation software. CutePDF Writer installs itself as a "printer subsystem". This enables virtually any Windows applications able to print to create perfect PDF documents - with just a push of a button. Easy-to-Install, Easy-to-Use, Supports Windows 98/Me/2000/XP. Absolutely Free, no watermarks, no annoying popup advertisements.
  • Pdf995 Suite
    The Pdf995 Suite are programs for PDF document publishing, to create, edit and convert documents using popular Adobe Acrobat PDF format, all at no cost. Pdf995 is a fast and easy way to create PDF files by simply selecting the "print" command from any Windows application, like Adobe PDF Writer. Combined with pdfEdit995 (includes pdfEdit995 HTML Module free GNU GPL tool based on PdfToHtml) and Signature995, it offers other advanced features. The free versions of pdf995 products display a sponsor page in your web browser each time you run the software. If you would prefer not to see sponsor pages, you may upgrade by obtaining a license key at any time for a reasonable cost.
    pdftohtml is a utility which converts PDF files into HTML and XML formats. It's based on the xpdf 2.01 by Derek Noonburg. SourceForge Project: pdftohtml.
    • PDF2HTMLgui
      PDF2HTMLgui provides a graphical user interface (GUI) for the command-line, open-source converter PDFtoHTML. It allows you to convert a PDF to HTML with a few mouse clicks. By "my GUI guy", Wandering Minds.
  • PDFlib
    PDFlib is a programming library for processing and generate PDF on the fly. PDFlib Lite: free for open source development and private or research users. PDFlib full for Windows, Mac, Linux, Unix: commercial license.
  • ActivePDF
    Server-based PDF conversion software and tools, supporting convert over 280 file formats to PDF.
  • Adobe Reader SpeedUp
    Adobe Reader SpeedUp significantly decreases the amount of time required for Adobe Acrobat/Reader to start by disabling most of the least used plugins. Plugins can be freely enabled and disabled, if required. SpeedUp Currently supports free and full versions of Adobe Acrobat and Reader versions 3 to 6. SpeedUp only needs to be used once (a process taking only a few seconds). There are also some tweaking options available. Freeware for Windows 9x/Me/NT/XP/2000, by Joseph Cox.
    FileForum: Adobe Reader Speed-Up.
  • RedMon - Redirection Port Monitor
    Transparent PostScript printing from Windows 95/98 and NT. The RedMon port monitor redirects a special printer port to a program. RedMon is commonly used with Ghostscript and a non-PostScript printer to emulate a PostScript printer.
  • OpenPrinting - The Linux Foundation
    Details of how to set up a Magicfilter. Formerly at linuxprinting.org.

PDF/Archive (PDF/A) - ISO 19005

PDF/A is a subset of PDF format addressing long-term archiving and preservation of electronic documents. PDF/A standard is developed by AIIM and NPES, and published as international standard, since October 2005, as ISO 19005. The ISO 19005 Part 1 (19005-1:2005) standard is based on PDF Version 1.4 format. The PDF/A Part 2 is under development and should be beased on PDF Version 1.6 and better address matters such as digital signature, JPEG 2000 image compression, Open Type fonts, 3D graphics, transparency, layers and audio/video content, as well as better consistency with PDF/X (Impressão gráfica), PDF/E (Engeneering) and PDF/UA (Universal Accessibility) formats.

PostScript & Ghostscript