Drawbacks of the PDF Format

PDF or Portable Document Format is a great way of sharing information or graphics without any security threat or change in the components of the document. However, at the same time, it has its own disadvantages as there can be issues in reading or compatibility.

Difficult to Read

Files stored in PDF format can be difficult to read on a computer screen. Originally, PDF files will lay out in standard A4 or A3 format pages. This is great for printing but the computer screens. However, computer screens have different aspect ratios. Most of the computer screens fall somewhere between a 4:3 and 16:9 aspect ratio. This means you spend a lot of time scrolling through the pages when viewing them on the screen.


Different Types

The Portable Document format can be majorly classified into two types namely native and scanned. A native PDF file is the one that is directly converted from an electronic file or pages such as a Microsoft Word Document. While scanned PDF file is the one that the users created by scanning a physical paper document through a scanner to produce an image of the document. Though native PDFs are flexible and allow us to copy the content, the same cannot be said about the scanned PDFs as they offer very limited flexibility and features.

Difficult to Edit

A PDF file is essentially an uneditable image of the original document. Though this is a great feature in terms of security and originality of the document, it can’t be used while doing collaborative projects and they can’t be edited by any other person. If your PDF file is native, it is possible to use software to extract the information into a usable form. However, if you have a scanned PDF document, there is no way to easily convert it back to an editable form.

Read More: Benefits of Using PDF format

Website Compatibility

PDF files are not always fully integrated into Web pages. If the user has an Adobe Reader or other PDF reader plug-in installed, PDF files can be viewed within the user’s Internet browser. However, if no plug-in is installed, the user will be prompted to download and view the file in an application.

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