A course in interpreting and creating PDF files
PDF 1: File Content & Structure is a four-day, hands-on, technical introduction to PDF file
format and structure. It discusses in detail the structure and contents of a PDF file. The class
emphasizes those parts of the PDF specification most important to printer engineers and support
personel. It will also be an important introduction for software engineers who will be directly
Students will leave class knowing how to interpret the contents of a PDF file. Printer engineers
will know what their printing devices must pay attention to when printing PDF files directly.
Software engineers will be able to generate PDF files from within their own software.
A good technical background, including experience with a professional programming language.
PostScript experience (the PostScript Foundations course or its equivalent) will be very helpful,
since PostScript and PDF share an imaging model and have many concepts in common.
Engineers and advanced support personnel who need to understand the PDF file format. The course
assumes you are either working with a printing device that consumes PDF or that you are a software
engineer faced with generating PDF.
- PDF Data Types
- PDF Objects
- PDF file format
- The Page Tree
- Content streams
- Simple drawing
- Introduction to PDF color
- Drawing text
- Coordinate transforms
- Transforming text
- Text rendering modes
- Text parameter operators
- Graphics state stack
- Bezier Curves
- Clippng paths
- Color & Color Spaces
- Color and color spaces, cont'd
- Introduction to function dictionaries
- Image XObjects
- Form XObjects
- PDF font structure
- Character encoding
- Embedding fonts
- Type 3 fonts
- Multibyte fonts
- PDF standards: PDF/X, PDF/A, etc.
Pricing & Availability
See class schedule for a list of locations, dates and class cost.
Copyright © 2012 John Deubert
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