PDF is a proprietary file format developed by Adobe Systems for representing two-dimensional documents in a device-independent and resolution-independent format. PDF is currently the most common file format for sharing documents on the Internet, since it stores 2D data in a compressed format. ARCHICAD’s internal PDF engine supports both the export and import of PDF documents, as well as saving to the PDF/A archive format.
PDF is ideal for designers and architects. Product details from most building element manufacturers are now available in PDF format on the Internet. These ready-made drawings can be inserted directly into the construction documentation with a single mouse-click. The following figure shows the possible use of PDF with ARCHICAD projects: