Today, PDF is widely used to share documents via email and websites, and to print them from mobile devices. The use of smartphones and tablets for storing and printing documents has grown significantly in the last few years. More and more PDFs are being sent to printers from mobile devices, especially with the rise of services like AirPrint on iOS, Mopria on Android, Google Cloud Print on all platforms and many of the OEM-specific Android print services. Mobile printing is now a de facto standard workflow for printing to low-end devices.
In all the above scenarios, if the printer supports PDF as a PDL, then sending the content in PDF format is much better than any raster format. There are a variety of reasons for this. Firstly, a smaller footprint makes PDF suitable for limitedbandwidth scenarios like mobile printing. Secondly, PDFs are printed at device resolution and keep the user’s content live until the last step, which results in far superior print quality compared to raster formats generated on mobile devices. Overall, superior experience, higher print quality, and enhanced reliability makes PDF the PDL of choice for next-generation mobile and cloud-based printing.