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Leonard Rosenthol is a Principal Scientist and PDF Architect for Adobe Systems, having been involved with PDF technology for more than 15 years. He represents Adobe on various international standards bodies including the ISO (where he is the Project Editor for PDF/A and PDF/E), W3C and ETSI/ESI (where he authored the PDF Electronic Signature standard, PAdES). Prior to re-joining Adobe in 2006, Leonard worked as the Director of Software Development for Appligent, and the Chief Innovation Officer for Apago, while also running the successful consulting business of PDF Sages. Before becoming involved in PDF, Leonard was the Director of Advanced Technology for Aladdin Systems and responsible for the development of the StuffIt line of products.


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  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 1 edition (15 Oct. 2013)
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  • Language: English
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HASH(0x945681f8) out of 5 stars Highly useful introduction, light on some details 22 Nov. 2013
By A. Thomas - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I found this book a very useful introduction while writing my first PDF code.

Even with this book, I found it occasionally necessary to consult the PDF specification. There's a free copy of that on Adobe's website (at [...] However, the complete specification is not a good introduction.

The sample code in this introduction uses PDF operators. These operators are named for brevity rather than readability. If you're trying to understand the code, sometimes it's necessary to back up in the text until you find where the operator is first used and described. The book would be improved by a table of these operators mapped to descriptions. The index includes items for the operators. However, the index requires two steps: finding the operator in the index, amidst many other items, and then finding the page it references.

There is such a table in the PDF specification on Adobe's website, in Annex A. Printing that and having it next to this introduction can be very useful.

This book does not presume that you're using a particular computer language, library or development environment. The examples show only PDF code itself.

This book is useful even if you're using a library to create the PDF document. A library's API documentation may describe how each class and method wraps lower-level PDF constructs. But the root PDF concepts are not necessarily included in the library's documentation.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x94568258) out of 5 stars Clear, concise, and at exactly the right level 26 Oct. 2013
By Remko Tronçon - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
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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HASH(0x943bdd8c) out of 5 stars Covers it all! 24 Oct. 2013
By NSlone - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Just by looking at the Table of Contents of Developing with PDF, I knew I didn't know didly squat about PDF. Oh sure, I've used it to read PDF documents, as well to save Word documents in this particular format. But I didn't know how to create a new PDF document, even though I have Adobe Acrobat Pro, which is part of the Adobe Master Collection CS4, which I acquired while attending school at ITT-Tech.

Mr. Rosenthol covers it all; syntax, imaging model, images, text and navigation to mention just a few items from the Table of Contents. I didn't know, for instance, that you can embed files such as multimedia and 3D into a PDF document. I didn't know about annotations, acroforms, metadata or standards. Looks like I have a lot of reading and catching up to do.
I truly appreciate Mr. Rosenthol's effort to teach us what we need to know about PDF documents. Regardless of whether you use Adobe Acrobat for professional reasons, for reading and just want to know more about it and how it works or you intend to code and want to know more, this book is for you.

Many people use programs without understanding anything about it. I think if you want to get more use from programs, regardless of whether it is free or cost a bundle, then you owe it to yourself to educate yourself it. When we understand something, we usually get more use out of it. Isn't that the end reason for acquiring a program to begin with? We acquired it so that we can use it to the fullest extent of our ability. Otherwise, regardless of whether it is free or bought, it just takes up space on your hard drive and gathers dust.
I would definitely recommend this book to others.
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