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Opening PDF files

Did your computer fail to open a PDF file? We explain what PDF files are and recommend software that we know can open or convert your PDF files.

What is a PDF file?

PDF stands for portable document format. This universal file format was created by Adobe Systems in 1993. PDF files are able to preserve the formats, fonts, drawings and other file components of virtually any electronic document file and present it in a universal format.

PDF files are cross-platform files, which means they are able to be read on both Mac and Windows operating systems, as well as the new Android platform found in many of today's cell phones.

Many of today's eBook publishers use PDF format for publishing. PDF files are also used by businesses and individuals to distribute documents and literature.

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File.org aims to be the go-to resource for file type- and related software information. We spend countless hours researching various file formats and software that can open, convert, create or otherwise work with those files.

If you have additional information about the PDF file format or software that uses files with the PDF suffix, please do get in touch - we would love hearing from you.