PDF/A: Boon or Bane of the US Legal Market?

The ever-increasing use of the archival version of the PDF standard brings with it many questions, both from individual users and from support teams. We can help.

The US Courts are moving toward requiring PDF/A as their preferred technical standard for electronic case filing in the Case Management and Electronic Case Filing (CM/ECF) system. Many state and federal offices, as well as numerous companies, see its benefits and are embracing it as well to ensure long-term access to important records that might otherwise become inaccessible over time due to changes in software and other issues.

Throughout Europe and Asia, PDF/A has been adopted as the standard for long-term government archives, and is mandated in many other industry verticals. The European Commission has also included PDF/A in the recommended data formats. The Brazilian and Dutch governments, along with the Australian Public Records Office, have now mandated the use of PDF/A for archiving. Austria requires it for land deeds, the Swiss Federal Council insists on its use for all communications between the government and citizens, and Germany recommends the use of PDF/A for e-government applications.

The PDF Association and representatives from its member organizations, Appligent, DocsCorp and LuraTech, will be available throughout the LegalTech New York Conference to speak about the numerous benefits of PDF/A and its widespread use. If you have questions about PDF/A, please visit us in booth 2501. We can answer your questions, including:

What is PDF/A?
What do I need to create PDF/A documents?
Which PDF/A format should filers use: 1a or 1b?
Can Mac users meet the PDF/A requirement?

Please stop by anytime and let us help you. LegalTech New York takes place January 30 through February 1 at the Hilton New York.

About The PDF Association
Formerly known as the PDF/A Competence Center, the PDF Association is an international organization promoting awareness and adoption of open standards in digital document applications using PDF technology.

The association facilitates communication, connections and the sharing of expertise and experience with interested parties worldwide. The current membership includes over 100 enterprises and numerous individual subject-matter experts from more than 20 countries.

The management board includes industry leaders from callas software GmbH, Compart AG, Crawford Technologies Inc., intarsys consulting GmbH, LuraTech Europe GmbH and NetCentric US. The association’s chairman is Olaf Drümmer, CEO of callas software GmbH. Duff Johnson, President of NetCentric US is the deputy chairman.

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About PDF/A Competence Center

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