Better PDF for Business

by Nuance

Aug 01, 2008

Download Existing investments in connected desktop PC systems, coupled with the pervasiveness of Microsoft Office, should provide organizations with the ability to easily automate their document processes. However, in spite of advances in technology, the costs associated with creating, sharing and storing documents continue to rise.

The single greatest challenge to streamlining document-based processes in business is the fact that there are two incompatible dominant electronic document formats - Microsoft� Office and PDF. Microsoft Office provides millions of corporate, government and academic professionals a rich environment for document creation and collaborative authoring.

Unfortunately the editable Microsoft Word file format is not well suited for electronic publishing and online document storage. On the other hand, PDF has expanded from its traditional roots as a design and pre-press tool to an electronic file sharing standard providing business users with a format that is well suited for the distribution, viewing and archiving of documents.

The net result is that Microsoft Word is the standard for authoring and editing business documents, while PDF is becoming the preferred way of distributing and sharing business documents online.

This white paper provides an overview of current electronic document trends, an understanding of the new role that PDF has gained within business and a summary of solutions that allow organizations to move information more seamlessly between Microsoft Office and PDF.