Infographic: How PDF Rules The Document World

Infographic: How PDF Rules The Document World

This infographic reminds us that Portable Document Format (PDF) remains a massively way of sharing documents, with more than 94 per cent of people having some familiarity with the format. While the figures are based on a US survey, I’d expect similar numbers in Australia.

The mere thought of PDF produces a horrified reaction for many people, but that’s often the result of horrific experiences with Adobe Reader. Check out an alternative PDF reader and life becomes more pleasant. Our App Directory has recommendations for Windows, Mac, Android and iOS.

[via Nitro Reader]


  • I’ve always liked the idea behind PDF, being that it’s a read-only file that ensures that what’s sent is what’s printed at the other end. Form functionality is also great. But for me, it was when PDF “printing” tools become freely and easily available that these strengths were something I, personally, could take advantage of.

    Nowadays I “print” to PDF (using NitroPDF or CutePDF) for the safekeeping of receipts, web pages, documents such as my CV or references … open standards FTW!

  • The time of PDF is about to pass. It’s idea is too outdated. We need more social solutions whereby PDFs can be edited on the fly easily (given the person has access) and allow others to interact with PDFs and the original author.

    A desktop app will allow you to save these documents and update them with comments and any minor updates (i.e someone updates content such as a form to make it more relevant, fixes minor spelling mistakes. )

  • PDF on the web is an utter anachronism. You navigate smoothly via hyperlinks and standard web techniques through a site, and then suddenly you’re in a completely different structure. Most often the contents are not indexed with the rest of the site.

    Too many companies and government agencies completely get it wrong in this regard. You often see them put a simple page of text that would be more properly presented in HTML delivered as a PDF file from a document repository without a bookmarkable URL.

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