Characteristics of PDF
The Portable Document Format, abbreviated as PDF, is the most preferred and widely used format for document exchange, transfer and record keeping. The chief reason for the preference is that the PDF files retain the format intact regardless of the operating system or computer platform, any time they are opened. PDF is designed as a data container to hold large amount of contents (data and images) including interactive elements and high level application data. Storing and retrieving information is easier with PDF documents which help in better data organization.
What is the Benefit of PDF Compression?
Organizations and documentation management departments use the PDF format for long term preservation of the files for future retrieval. Compressing the PDF to comfortable size helps in better streamlining of the information system. Data file transmission through emails is faster and easier by compressing the PDF size. Thereby system memory and time are saved. Clogging of the network bandwidth is prevented by smaller PDF transmission. Downloading PDF documents from the internet gets easier and quicker while the PDF size is compressed.
How Does PDF Compression Work?
Compression techniques are applied for PDF documents which become large when they are loaded with too much of content such as images and videos, or more number of pages. There are several PDF compression techniques available for download or purchase. They are lossless and lossy methods. The lossless technique compresses all data but the original data could be recovered when the file is uncompressed or opened. The data that was originally in the file remains intact after the file is uncompressed and can be completely restored. This technique is best for text or spreadsheet files, where losing words or financial data could pose a problem. Lossy compression reduces a file by permanently eliminating certain information, especially redundant information. When the file is uncompressed, only a part of the original information remains. Lossy compression is generally used for video and sound, where a certain amount of information is lost