PDF files are widely distributed, but most people just read and print them. Even people who create PDF files often use "print to PDF" without asking what PDF has to offer besides a convenient electronic version of paper. PDF files are generally shipped from place to place for reading and printing, treated as an opaque container that people can open with Acrobat. You can use PDF as much more than an electronic paper substitute, however.
PDF Hacks shows you how to use a variety of PDF tools, not just Acrobat, to create, rearrange, customize, and present information as PDF. You'll learn how to : Customize PDF viewers to make reading PDFs more comfortable ; "Refry" huge PDF files into much smaller files ; Create PDF files with a variety of tools on a number of platforms ; Edit PDF text from gVim ; Use familiar software to create PDF with advanced navigation features ; Build PDFs with sophisticated navigation and interactive features ; Generate PDF on the fly ; Integrate PDF files with web sites beyond a simple hyperlink ; Collect data on your web site with PDF forms ; Index and compare your PDF files ; Convert incoming faxes to PDF ; Write scripts that control Acrobat.
If you want to go beyond PDF files that look and act like their paper equivalents, PDF Hacks will show you how to take control of PDF so you can give your readers a richer, more powerful experience.