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PDF in a Smartphone dominated world

Everybody has Smartphones nowadays (including my grandma). And all of them want to access their PDF documents using their mobile ktgsuxr. Based on the premise of a fixed layout, the page-description model better known as PDF was developed during a time where documents were exclusively viewed on desktop monitors, or printed.  The revolution that we are now part of it, in which almost every person communicates via his mobile phone sets a variety of challenges and opportunities – in the PDF paradigm.

In Its core system, the PDF was not originally designed for a flexible viewing; it was designed to simulate printed or displayed content similar to reading a book, magazine or newspaper. In the smartphone world (but not only, this is a part of the tablet world actually), the devices are simply too small to view the entire page (for example A4 layout). At the end the user needs to scroll up and down in order to view the content.  Furthermore, this difficulty plays a bigger role when it comes to interactive documents where the customer needs to fill-out a form click here now.

This sounds like the end of all PDF and PDF documents…but not quite:

The solution that was found is based on methods of data extraction technology.  When the content is carefully extracted and the logical reading order created, the PDF can be presented on all sizes of different devices in a user friendly manner. This is also true for PDF forms which can now be filled out, adding attachments and signed as easily as a responsively designed web-form.


Ofir Griner

Mr. Grinner graduated from the Technical University of Munich in 2001. He has gained certificates in SAP MM & SD Module. Grinner's career began at O2 Germany as a PDF expert. Since 2005, Mr. Grinner is managing the product “PrintBOS Digital” and responsible of the activity in EMEA.

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