Adobe PDF is a universal file format that preserves all the fonts, formatting, graphics, and color of any source document, regardless of the application and platform used to create it.

Adobe PDF files are compact and can be shared, viewed, navigated, and printed exactly as intended by anyone with the Adobe Acrobat software. You can convert any document to Adobe PDF using the full version of Adobe Acrobat 3.0 – 7.0 software. The free Acrobat Reader does not have this ability.


  • Eliminates software and hardware incompatibility issues between Authors and APS
  • Maintains design integrity to ensure what you send is what is received
  • Image-quality is resolution-independent
  • Better results in both print and online publication when created properly

Note: These benefits may not hold true for authors creating PDFs with a non-Adobe product such as Ghostwriter

Any author with the full version of Adobe Acrobat can create high-quality PDF files from any desktop application. For step-by-step instructions, see Creating PDF Files.

Don't Have Adobe Acrobat?

Authors who do not have access to Acrobat, see Figure Style Guidelines.