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


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)