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Why was the PDF file format selected for US Topo maps?

US Topo is intended to serve map users who are not GIS specialists. The priority design objectives were to create a traditional topographic map, in a digital format that can be displayed on any normal office computer without specialized software, and printed at map scale without specialized software or expertise. We believe PDF is the only format in common use that satisfies these requirements. The geospatial extensions add limited GIS functionality "for free" – users who are not interested in georeferencing can still use the product as a plain PDF. Further information about GeoPDF is available at this Wikipedia website.

Tags: Maps, Topographic, Recreation, Quadrangle, GeoPDF, Scale