Current post-industrial era of high tech teaches us to get used to ways of information transmission different from the ones of previous epoch. It especially concerns the universal textual shape – electronic form is convenient for most major of humanity, which is proved by the wide spread of e-Books and the variety of formats.
The most popular form to keep a document (maybe after .DOC and .TXT) is .PDF – Portable Document Format. The great feature of this file format lies in a view shape independent from device software, hardware and operating system. PDF may include all the 2D document info such as text, images, vector graphic, interactive forms etc. The format has been developed by Adobe Systems, nevertheless in 2008 PDF became an international standard and gained the ISO number 32000-1:2008 (source), which means it’s not a property of the company-creator anymore and the format is open for public using.
Following the decision of International Organization for Standardization I would like to present some of the best free software for PDF reading, viewing, creating and editing.
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This program has gained recognition for being easy-to-use and rapid. Except reading of PDF files, STDU Viewer also supports a lot of other other formats: DjVu, TIFF, XPS, JBIG2, WWF, FB2, TXT, Comic Book Archive (CBR or CBZ), TCR, PalmDoc (PDB), MOBI, AZW, EPub, DCX, BMP, PCX, JPEG, GIF, PNG, WMF, EMF, PSD. Clubic.com included this utility in the list of the 50 best free programs.
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The advantages of this program consist in extra simplicity and a small size. Due to unsophisticated structure Sumatra PDF is fast and very modest in system requirements.
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PDFCreator is actually a virtual printer, which can easily convert any text format into PDF. The transforming of more than one file into the PDF one is also available. The utility carries multilingual interface.
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This is one more virtual printer for creating PDF files. However, it has one one considerable difference from the previous one: Bullzip PDF Printer is able to write PDF document from any Microsoft Windows application.
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Once the previous examples are the utilities that should be downloaded on a computer in order to use, PDFescape is an online PDF tool: it allows to create, edit and of course view the file. Unfortunately, the manipulations are impossible, if the document contains more than 100 pages.
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In very deed a heavy number of utilities giving the options for working with PDF exists. But another truth is most of them are twin, buggy and uncomfortable. Such thing happen frequently in IT world, it’s a pity. However I see plus here: it would be easier to find the software worth of our attention and using. I’ve tried to provide you exactly with such examples in the post. If I missed something, I beg you tell me about that in the comments below.
About the author:
Art Rivera: Deeply interested in everything connected with Internet, I sincerely suppose the web is the only future reality for the humanity through its inevitable involving into every part of human life. I’m not a great fan of cyberpunk concept, but the world is keeping that certain direction of total connectedness. And of course there should be someone, who can write the history, who would describe and analyze and enter in the record all notable changes and tendencies on the web. Hello, it’s me.