PDF means Portable Document
Format (PDF), it is a file format created by Adobe Systems in 1993 for
desktop publishing use.
It is a file that will look the same on the screen and in print, regardless
of what kind of computer or printer someone is using and regardless
of what software package was originally used to create it.
Although they contain the complete formatting of the original document,
including fonts and images, PDF files are highly compressed, allowing
complex information to be downloaded efficiently.
Because the pdf format allows the reliable reproduction of published
material on many different platforms (requiring only the use of free
reader software), it is a way to conveniently and quickly disseminate
information including text, tables, and graphics.