Developing with PDF
Dive Into the Portable Document Format
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Final Release Date: October 2013
Pages: 218

PDF is becoming the standard for digital documents worldwide, but it’s not easy to learn on your own. With capabilities that let you use a variety of images and text, embed audio and video, and provide links and navigation, there’s a lot to explore. This practical guide helps you understand how to work with PDF to construct your own documents, troubleshoot problems, and even build your own tools.

You’ll also find best practices for producing, manipulating, and consuming PDF documents. In addition, this highly approachable reference will help you navigate the official (and complex) ISO documentation.

  • Learn how to combine PDF objects into a cohesive whole
  • Use PDF’s imaging model to create vector and raster graphics
  • Integrate text, and become familiar with fonts and glyphs
  • Provide navigation within and between documents
  • Use annotations to overlay or incorporate additional content
  • Build interactive forms with the Widget annotation
  • Embed related files such as multimedia, 3D content, and XML files
  • Use optional content to enable non-printing graphics
  • Tag content with HTML-like structures, including paragraphs and tables
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3.0

study guide for PDF standard

By teak

from Jyväskylä, Finland

About Me Designer, Developer, Educator, Maker, Sys Admin

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Pros

  • Accurate
  • Concise
  • Easy to understand
  • Helpful examples

Cons

  • Not comprehensive enough

Best Uses

  • Intermediate

Comments about oreilly Developing with PDF:

This was another hard piece to review. The text flow was good, but not great. Book left bit too many open questions about PDF format for it being the only source when developing PDF output for program (luckily there are multitude of ready libraries for this in most of languages.)

It felt like a "study guide" for PDF standard rather than an independent work.
Nevertheless it matches the back cover description well.

Book will be usefull if you are writing new a library for PDF output.

 
4.0

The sub-title says it all

By Ausomed

from Melbourne, Australia

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  • Concise
  • Easy to understand
  • Well-written

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    Best Uses

    • Intermediate
    • Novice
    • Student

    Comments about oreilly Developing with PDF:

    This book has the sub-title of 'Dive Into the Portable Document Format' which is exactly what it does.
    With an interest in finding out more about the PDF file format I tried looking at the official standard. This was too difficult for me and I needed a guide. Then I found this book.
    What a difference. The author brings both humour and clear explanations.
    It is certainly a great help to beginners and I expect would also be very useful for those with more experience.
    Even if you are not going to develop with PDF you will certainly have a better understanding of the file format and embedding other files within a PDF after reading this book.

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    4.0

    Clear, concise, and at the right level

    By Remko

    from Belgium

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    • Easy to understand
    • Helpful examples
    • Well-written

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      Comments about oreilly Developing with PDF:

      This book gives a clear and concise overview of the PDF format and it's internals: how it's structured, what you can do with it, and how you do these things, all illustrated with example PDF snippets.

      The level of detail of the book is just right, explaining just what you need to know to get a decent understanding of how things work, and even how you would go about writing applications that use PDF. Had it had one level more of detail, the book would probably be close the ISO standard, be too boring to read, and only of interest to a very limited set of people writing PDF consumers and producers. I'm very glad the author did not fall into the trap of rewriting the PDF reference.

      One thing that felt missing to me (and which was explicitly mentioned as omitted) is how fonts are embedded in PDFs. The author may have good reasons for not including this (maybe it's tedious and uninteresting), but it would have been nice to have the reason listed. That said, the text seems to hint that this may be included in a future version of the book.

      In conclusion, although I'm not planning on developing PDF applications myself, I found the entire book a very interesting read.

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