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Why Are PDFs Still in Portrait Orientation?

30 Mar 2009 | | No Comment

There is an interesting conversation going on over at Pogue’s Posts, an New York Times blog, discussing why PDFs are still primarily created in portrait orientation and not landscape. The instigator argues that because we are printing less and less PDFs to paper, that we shouldn’t be restricted by portrait mode and that more user manuals and such things should be printed in landscape orientation.

But most of the commenter’s don’t really agree. And I agree with them. Reading an endless line of text in landscape mode isn’t exactly the ideal reading experience, which would mean that columns would be required, at which point you’d have to ask yourself… what’s so bad about portrait mode?

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