Ask anybody who interacts with computers and documents to describe a PDF (Portable Document Format) file. For the most part, you’ll receive responses describing a format used for creating documents that look like the original, print with the layout of the original, and use the same text and images as the original. While the response is correct, it barely brushes the surface.

Do any of these situations sound familiar?

• You collaborate closely with a group of people on projects that necessitate meeting every day or so. You crowd into someone’s office or cubicle, stand around his or her computer or your sketches, and try to get comfortable as you work.

• You need to send material to court presented in its native appearance, which includes ...

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