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PDF History and Los Angeles Document Scanning

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A file scanned by a scanner usually ends up as a PDF file (for images, it could be JPEG or GIF). Since its debut in 1993, the PDF file has grown to be one of the most iconic file types correlated to Los Angeles document scanning. These files can be opened by using a PDF reader software program, such as the reliable standard, Adobe Reader. Other software programs are also available.

The Portable Document Format or PDF was the result of a man’s vision of a paperless office— Adobe’s John Warnock. The co-founder of Adobe viewed a system where the daily paper could be shared among many computers and read in any operating system. Unlike the Acrobat today, the reader sold for $50 (nearly $80 in today’s dollars). Document scanning today is more prevalent since the Adobe Reader and Adobe Acrobat are now free to use.

As of 2012, Adobe has made a dozen versions of the PDF file; with the latest, 1.7 Extension 8, featuring an enhanced 256-bit AES encryption. Through the years, security updates were very common with every update of the PDF file. The first version to include a password system, the 1.1, was introduced in 1996, which had a 40-bit RC4 or MD5 encryption.

In layman’s terms, PDF files could be set with a password for limited access across the local or external network. These passwords can also prevent any unauthorized edits to the file from any person, thus, preserving the integrity of the file itself. However, only a few agencies do this to their files, as most of the PDF files online are free for all.

Warnock’s dream came true—the PDF became a successful tool in helping the world share and view paper files on the computer. Without it, document scanning in Los Angeles businesses and institutions wouldn’t be as routine or as common as it is now, effectively cutting down on paper clutter. With data storage space growing, more people are expected to shift from physical to electronic data storage in the near future. The trend is, in fact, upon us now.

For the full story about how the PDF file came to be, read the article at The next time you have your document scanned, think about how the advent of the PDF will make mass production of paper a thing of the past.

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