PDF (Portable Document Format)

PDF is the acronym for Portable Document Format. PDF is the industry-standard format for storing textual and graphical data. PDF offers a graphically rich appearance and structure, which makes it ideal for presentation purposes. Additionally, PDF documents can be viewed in both image and textual mode, i.e., you can either select data as a formatted image or as regular text.

PDF is platform independent, and most operating systems offer free PDF viewing applications (e.g., Adobe Acrobat on Windows and Ghostscript on Linux).

PDF has been approved as an acceptable document storage format for regulated environments according the FDA’s 21 CFR Part 11.