Adobe’s Portable Document Format (PDF) is the lingua franca of the Internet for document-sharing. Because PDF-formatted documents embed the layout and fonts of the original document, they can be shared with others who don’t have the same application, or even the same operating system. Spreadsheets, timelines, contracts, and sales proposals often end up in PDF format before being released to the world. Mac OS X includes built-in PDF support. There are also several useful third-party PDF applications.
In Mac OS X, you can create a PDF document from any application that can print. The standard Mac OS X Print dialog box has a pop-up menu in the lower-left corner labeled PDF. Figure 12-1 shows a Print dialog box with the PDF pop-up menu open.
The Mac OS X Print dialog box PDF creation options
This menu provides several PDF options: