Friday August 18, 2017

5 reasons why PDF will always be successful

When VHS made its way to the home video industry in the early 1990s, everyone was in awe. The same thing happened when Adobe introduced PDF files to the world only a few years later. But while VHS soon found itself replaced with DVD, followed by Blu-ray and live streaming, PDF is still around after almost a quarter of a century. 

Will this popular file format still be considered just as awesome another 25 years from now? We have five reasons to be confident that the answer is yes!


1.      PDF is portable

Probably the greatest thing about the Portable Document Format (PDF) file is that it is, well, portable. You can view and print PDF files effortlessly on a wide range of platforms, including Windows, Mac and Linux.

2.      PDF is free

Remember DjVu, Envoy and Common Ground Digital Paper? They used to be strong competitors of PDF, until in 1993 Adobe decided to no longer charge users for Adobe Reader. The rest is history!

3.      There’s no messing with PDF

Editing a PDF file not only requires a specialized tool (think Adobe Acrobat Pro or PitStop Pro), creators can also ensure that all additional changes are logged and can be undone. In other words, tampering can be easily spotted. Moreover, you can even make a PDF file password-protected provided that, again, you have the right software.

4.      PDF is constantly improving

Organizations such as The Ghent Workgroup (GWG), the PDF Association (PDFA) and the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) are parties outside Adobe that are tirelessly innovating PDFs to make the format meet increasingly higher standards. Speaking of which, 2017 has witnessed the launch of a new ISO packaging standard for PDF files (fully compatible with PitStop from June this year).

5.      PDF is easy to preflight

Last but not least, checking a PDF file to make sure it is print-friendly is easy-peasy with PitStop Pro. And yes, PitStop Pro can automatically make the necessary corrections too! 


To ensure your PDF files are handled correctly, why not take up a free trial of Pitstop?

  • Have you ever printed thousands of copies of a faulty PDF?
  • Ever crossed your fingers, hoping the file you're about to print is okay?
  • Do you spend hours checking customers' PDF files for errors?

PitStop Pro is your solution for these problems!

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About Piet De Pauw

After obtaining a bachelor's degree in Graphic Arts, Piet started his career as a software support engineer at Esko. This immediately made him realize the vital importance of automation within an organisation.

Passionate about the web, he became an online marketer at Thomas More university college, gained a lot of digital marketing experience and re-joined Esko in the Enfocus business unit.

Today he's in charge of driving interest for the Enfocus automation solutions. As you're reading this after reading an entire article, he might think he succeeded...

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