Desktop Publishing File Description: Portable Document Files or PDFs render two-dimensional documents for viewing independent of the software used to create the original files. PDFs render both text and image of documents including font, color and vector graphic information.
DTP File Advantages: PDF files can be viewed through a free downloadable reader, making them an almost universal method of sharing documents. Many page layout and drawing desktop publishing programs can export as PDF files, and can sometimes "print" to PDF. PDF versions of multi-page documents typically have a much smaller file size than originals, and PDF export settings allow for a number of custom features such as embedding of linked files and fonts, as well as export of only specifically selected document pages. High resolution PDF files are an acceptable format for many printing and production methods, including digital printing.
DTP File Disadvantages: Desktop publishers can only benefit from the full range of PDF features by using the Adobe Acrobat full version, not the reader. PDF files cannot be altered by many desktop publishing programs other than Acrobat. In addition, PDF files do not automatically embed fonts, although that setting can usually be configured when exporting. Occasionally, fonts embedded in PDF formats do not display uniformly across a variety of platforms.
Desktop Publishing Project Applications: PDF files are an excellent means of providing proofing files for desktop publishing projects since many computer systems today already contain versions of the free reader. When used with the full Adobe Acrobat software, PDF files offer a variety of security and editing features for document mark-up. PDF files are also a good way to provide downloadable documents for website projects.