Portable Document Format

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A proprietary format owned by Adobe until 2008, when it was released and relicensed as an ISO standard.


Free software tools that work with PDF

Thanks to the Ghostscript project, there are many free software tools that work with postscript.


apt-get install poppler-utils
pdftocairo -png mydoc.pdf

Creates a series of PNG files.

Python tools to manipulate / generate PDF


An example using reportlab (see http://stackoverflow.com/questions/2252726/how-to-create-pdf-files-in-python)

from reportlab.pdfgen import canvas
from reportlab.lib.units import inch, cm
c = canvas.Canvas('ex.pdf')
c.drawImage('ar.jpg', 0, 0, 10*cm, 10*cm)