Why the PDF Is Secretly the World's Most Important File Format - Motherboard


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The story of the PDF, the file format that’s become one of the internet’s defining information tools. It’ll be with us after we’re long gone.
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The story of the PDF, the file format that’s become one of the internet’s defining information tools. It’ll be with us after we’re long gone.
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A version of this post originally appeared on Tedium , a twice-weekly newsletter that hunts for the end of the long tail. The Portable Document Format, or PDF,…
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march 2018 by louderthan10
The Portable Document Format_ or PDF_ is everywhere. But it's still a format that causes headaches for average person. Just take former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort_ who may not be person_ runs into issues with PDF like best of us.
march 2018 by alnetu
"Manafort could have readily altered the PDF himself. Had he done so, he would have avoided a key part of the paper trail that may land him in federal prison. He probably even had a PDF editor already on his computer. In the money-laundering business, after all, it seems likely that one would frequently need to assemble pages from multiple PDF files; you need a PDF editor for that. For most of his money-laundering career, Manafort was almost certainly just one or two clicks away from the editor mode."
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march 2018 by bankbryan
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march 2018 by poploser
Neat take on the survival of the PDF in modern times
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march 2018 by tkbr
A version of this post originally appeared on Tedium , a twice-weekly newsletter that hunts for the end of the long tail. The Portable Document Format, or PDF,…
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march 2018 by richirvine
The Portable Document Format, or PDF, is everywhere. But it's still a format that causes headaches for the average person.

Just take former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort, who may not be the average person, but who runs into issues with the PDF just like the best of us.

Justice Department Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s most recent indictment of Manafort noted how the lobbyist and his colleague, Richard Gates, collaborated on modifying a PDF document by converting the document into Word format, changing an amount in the document, then changing it back to a PDF.

This created something called a paper trail, bolstering Mueller’s case against Manafort....

“What industries badly need is a universal way to communicate documents across a wide variety of machine configurations, operating systems and communication networks. These documents should be viewable on any display and should be printable on any modern printers. If this problem can be solved, then the fundamental way people work will change.”
— John E. Warnock, the cofounder of Adobe, discussing his thought process around the need for a simple document format in an essay revealing the existence of The Camelot Project (which is, of course, in PDF format). Warnock, who was also responsible for helping to develop Adobe’s bedrock PostScript document scripting language, noted that PostScript and its sister language Display PostScript was too heavy for most computers being made at the time he wrote his essay, around 1990. ...

Around the time that Warnock and his colleagues at Adobe were trying to figure out the difficult problems of creating a simple file format that could be used to read documents on regular people’s computers, the Internal Revenue Service was dealing with an annual headache that it faced in working with the US Postal Service.

Basically, every year just before tax season, the IRS would mail out tax forms to hundreds of millions of people around the United States. This annual mailing was, during non-Census years, the largest annual mailing that the postal service had to deal with—around 110 million individual mailings annually... “When Acrobat was announced, the world didn’t get it. They didn’t understand how important sending documents around electronically was going to be,” Warnock said in a 2010 interview with Knowledge@Wharton.

But the fact of the matter was, Adobe had the perfect use case already out there in the form of the IRS, not to mention the rest of corporate America....

According to NetworkWorld, the IRS was already distributing tax forms in PDF format in early 1994, a move that helped build broad momentum behind the format.

But one element was missing, and that element was the web, which made the concept of accessing tax documents relatively easy. And by the 1996 tax season, that element was ready to go, as the Internal Revenue Service booted up its web servers—complete with more than 600 documents ready for download in PDF format....

The PDF simplified the hard work of going to Kinko’s, because the file format was able to easily embed assets like fonts and images, streamlining one of the hardest parts of getting a file printed. (Of course, you generally couldn’t make changes in PDF form.) Eventually, the PDF became searchable and even editable.

And most importantly, in the case of the IRS, “fillable.” The IRS quickly created versions of its tax forms that allowed end users to put in their own numbers, and, eventually, even their own signatures.
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march 2018 by shannon_mattern
The story of the PDF, the file format that’s become one of the internet’s defining information tools. It’ll be with us after we’re long gone.
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march 2018 by jfmcdowell
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march 2018 by jonathan
The story of the PDF
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The story of the PDF, the file format that’s become one of the internet’s defining information tools. It’ll be with us after we’re long gone.
march 2018 by jacobraleigh
The Portable Document Format, or PDF, is everywhere. But it's still a format that causes headaches for the average person. Just take former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort, who may not be the average person, but who runs into issues with the PDF just like the best of us.
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march 2018 by brokenrhino
The Portable Document Format, or PDF, is everywhere. But it's still a format that causes headaches for the average person. Just take former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort, who may not be the average person, but who runs into issues with the PDF just like the best of us. via Pocket
march 2018 by laurajnash
pdf became popular because the IRS wanted digital copies of all their tax forms!
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march 2018 by wpenman
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march 2018 by loganrhyne
The Portable Document Format, or PDF, is everywhere. But it's still a format that causes headaches for the average person. Just take former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort, who may not be the average person, but who runs into issues with the PDF just like the best of us.
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The story of the PDF, the file format that’s become one of the internet’s defining information tools. It’ll be with us after we’re long gone.
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march 2018 by stuntmanmike
Why the PDF is secretly the most important file format in the world
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