Acumen Training

PDF 2: Advanced File Contents
(4 days, hands-on)
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A second course in interpreting and creating PDF files

PDF 2: Advanced File Content is a four-day, hands-on class in the PDF file format that adds to the set of topics discussed in PDF 1. It discusses a broad range of topics not discussed in detail in the PDF1 class, including multibyte text, linearized PDF, interactive form fields, and smooth shading.

This class, like PDF 1, 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 generating PDF.


Students will leave this class (together with PDF 1) with a knowledge of all of the parts of the PDF spec important to printed documents.


Students must have taken the PDF 1 class or have equivalent knowledge. The student will be assumed to have a good knowledge of the basic structure of a PDF file and have a reasonable memory of the topics covered in the earlier class.


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.

Course Outline

Day 1

  • PDF File Structure, a Review
  • Determining Interiors
  • Line-Drawing Details
  • XRef and Object Streams
  • PDF File References
  • Masked Images

Day 2

  • Function Dictionaries
  • Shading
  • Rendering Parameters
  • Transfer Functions

Day 3

  • Halftoning
  • Printers' Annotations
  • Marked Content
  • AcroForm Fields
  • XFA Form Fields

Day 4

  • Multibyte Fonts
  • Linearized PDF
  • Optional Content Groups

Pricing & Availability

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