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.

Try a universal file viewer

In addition to the products listed above, I would suggest that you try a universal file viewer like Free File Viewer. It can open over 200 different types of files - and very likely yours too! Download Free File Viewer.

By Prof. Jones (The File Expert)

Chief Content Editor and File Expert

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