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March 11, 2019

Should PDF Be Your New Favorite Training Format?

New PDF features and functionality make for more effective and convenient training – as well as better reinforcement options.

It’s amazing to consider that Adobe’s now-ubiquitous file type, which accounts for more than 80% of the documents exchanged online, first appeared way back in 1993. The history of the format dates back even further to 1991 when Adobe Systems started “The Camelot Project” to solve the problem of exchanging documents across different computers and software systems.

PDF today is something of an inevitability in the business world. Only, despite constant evolution of its features and functionality, many ...

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