A Very Small Editable PDF for Testing

A Small PDF

Ever wanted a small PDF file, or to tweak your own PDF for testing? Below is a very small PDF which you can paste into a text editor and save as MySmallPdf.PDF.
Two things are easy to edit:

  • The page size. Look for the line /MediaBox [0 0 612 144]. Leave the first (0,0) pair and edit the (612,144) to be (width of page,height of page) in 1/72ths of an inch.
  • One line of text. Look for the line (This is a small text editable pdf) Tj and replace the text with your own.

This is particularly helpful if you are testing http://itextpdf.com/ or itextsharp or some other PDF generator or API, and you want a couple of small identifiable test files to play with.

The Editable PDF

%PDF-1.4
1 0 obj
<< /Type /Catalog
/Outlines 2 0 R
/Pages 3 0 R
>>
endobj
2 0 obj
<< /Type /Outlines
/Count 0
>>
endobj
3 0 obj
<< /Type /Pages
/Kids [4 0 R]
/Count 1
>>
endobj
4 0 obj
<< /Type /Page
/Parent 3 0 R
/MediaBox [0 0 612 144]
/Contents 5 0 R
/Resources << /ProcSet 6 0 R
/Font << /F1 7 0 R >>
>>
>>
endobj
5 0 obj
<< /Length 73 >>
stream
BT
/F1 24 Tf
100 100 Td
(This is a small text editable pdf) Tj
ET
endstream
endobj
6 0 obj
[/PDF /Text]
endobj
7 0 obj
<< /Type /Font
/Subtype /Type1
/Name /F1
/BaseFont /Helvetica
/Encoding /MacRomanEncoding
>>
endobj
xref
0 8
0000000000 65535 f
0000000009 00000 n
0000000074 00000 n
0000000120 00000 n
0000000179 00000 n
0000000364 00000 n
0000000466 00000 n
0000000496 00000 n
trailer
<< /Size 8
/Root 1 0 R
>>
startxref
625
%%EOF

The PDF ISO32000 standard

The PDF reference is available for free from Adobe at http://www.adobe.com/content/dotcom/en/devnet/pdf/pdf_reference.html The one you want is the copy of the ISO reference at http://wwwimages.adobe.com/www.adobe.com/content/dam/Adobe/en/devnet/pdf/pdfs/PDF32000_2008.pdf

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