File Extension .Pdf

PDF stands for Adobe “Portable Document Format” and is therefore the file associated with Adobe documents. This file extension is largely popular because of the fact that it supports cross-platform document exchange. Thus, PDF files can be viewed on PC (Windows), Mac and Linux platforms and in so many other electronic devices. This is the reason why PDF files are mostly used in many publishing and advertising companies. As many other regular documents, PDF files could contain text, images, forms, graphs, tables and many other types of data.

The primary application that can open PDF files is Adobe Acrobat Reader software. This software can be downloaded from the Adobe website for free so anybody can have access to this application and to all PDF files if they need to. The application, if downloaded from the Adobe website, is free of any malware and is therefore safe to download and install.

Adobe Acrobat Reader though cannot edit the content of PDF files. It can display the content and even print it but not modify it, unless of course if the PDF file is a form and needs input from users. There are several applications however that can edit a PDF file (mostly paid applications). There are applications too that can convert or save documents to PDF format like Microsoft Word provided the correct plug-in is installed. Web browsers can also allow user to view PDF files if an Adobe Reader plug-in is installed in the browser.

Below are the programs that can open PDF files:

Mac OS Apple Preview

Adobe Reader

Adobe Illustrator CS5

Adobe Acrobat X Pro

Nuance PDF Converter for Mac 2.0

Adobe InDesign CS5

Solid PDF to Word

Web browser with Acrobat plug-in

Windows Adobe Reader

Adobe Acrobat X Pro

Adobe Illustrator CS5

Adobe InDesign CS5

Corel WordPerfect Office X5

Nuance PDF Converter Professional 7

Nuance PaperPort 12

Informative Graphics Brava! Reader

Web browser with Acrobat plug-in

Linux KPDF

KDE Okular

Evince

PDFedit

Inkscape

Foxit Reader for Desktop Linux

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