Technical Conference 2012 of the PDF Association · March 27-28, 2012 · Basel, Switzerland

Two days packed with presentations and discussions about PDF

The PDF Association invites its members to attend the Technical Conference 2012, to be held March 27-28, 2012 in Basel (Switzerland).

In line with its title the Technical Conference covers technical topics around PDF and related ISO standards and technologies. With a technical audience in mind – developers, technical product managers as well as technical decision makers – the conference provides an update on the latest developments in the world of PDF, and at the same time offers a platform for discussions and networking.

As can be seen from the conference program below, recognized experts will offer their take on the state of affairs of all PDF standards – from PDF/A and PDF/VT over PDF/X, PDF/E, PDF/UA up to PDF itself. They will not only share their knowledge but also provide insight based on their own development work.

Registrations are taken on a first come first served basis. The fee for attending the conference is 100 EUR for members, and 2000 EUR for non-members. In order to register and to reserve your seat please go the the Registration page.

For those unable to attend in person we will provide remote access through a web conferencing. Remote access will be free of charge, but will only be available to members of the PDF Association. More details about attending the Technical Conference 2012 remotely will be provided to members of the PDF Association by early February 2012.

Preliminary conference program

Note: The conference program is subject to change without prior notice!

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

9:457 minutes with a PDF standard 
7 speakers bring you up to speed in almost no time
10:45Short Break
Track ATrack B
What is spectral colour data, and why should a PDF developer care?
Andreas Kraushaar, Fogra
Digital signatures
Why is PADeS important? What role does it play for PDF and PDF/A? How to implement it correctly?
Dr. Bernd Wild, intarsys
12:45Lunch break
Rendering validation
Dr. Hans Bärfuss, PDF Tools
When is a PDF/VT file a good PDF/VT file? What to expect from PDF/VT output devices?
Dov Isaacs, Adobe
PDF validation
Leonard Rosenthol, Adobe
Lessons learned from implementing a PDF/VT creation library
Stephan Mühlstrasser, PDFlib
15:30Coffee break
15:45Scanned PDF and OCR
JBIG2, JPEG2000 and MRC compression
Andreas Hirth, LuraTech
How to apply rule based JDF to control PDF/VT devices? A hands-on session
Mike Scrutton, Adobe
Scanned PDF and OCR
Recent trends in OCR
Michael Fuchs, Abbyy
17:30End of first conference day

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

9:00PDF and beyond
Document Portability in an N-screen world - how does PDF stack up against the HTML 5 eco-system?
Bill McCoy, International Digital Publishing Forum (IDPF)
Track ATrack B
Rendering transparency – Some surprising effects
Sebastian Holder, levigo
What does it feel like to depend on assistive technology?
René Jaun & Markus Riesch, Access for all
Introduction to the Technical Page of the Altona Test Suite 2
Florian Süßl, Zipcon
What a PDF developer needs to know to implement PDF/UA well
Duff Johnson, NetCentric
11:30Coffee break
Creating and processing PDF/X-4 files – Challenges and missed opportunities
David van Driessche, FourPees
How to take tagged PDF to the next level?
Matthew Hardy, Adobe
13:00Lunch break
Taking advantage of Collections in PDF/A-2 and PDF/A-3
Dietrich von Seggern, callas software
Trapped in the Bermuda triangle of font encoding, glyph lookup, and text extraction?
François Fernandes, levigo
From PDF/A extension schemas to Relax NG and ISO 16684-2: How XMP schemas will finally become universally machine readable
Frank Biederich, Adobe
15:45Coffee break
16:00Closing Session
What will PDF 3.0 look like?
3 visionaries present 3 possible scenarios

End of second conference day

A few things to be aware of when planning for the conference…


The conferences will last two full days. It is recommended to travel to Basel the evening before the conference, and to be prepared to leave the venue at Basel no earlier than 17:30. The train station Basel SBB can be reached within 15 minutes by foot, the airport Basel Mulhouse within 1 hour by public transport. Trains from Basel SBB to Zürich Airport take about 1:15h and run at least twice per hour. Getting from Zürich Airport train station to the check-in counters takes 10 to 15 minutes.


The conference will take place in the “Altstadt” (Old Town) of Basel at Barfüsserplatz 6. Here is a list of hotels in walking distance:


If you still have questions around the conference, please use the contact form on this website to get in touch with our conference team.

Become a member?

In case you find that the Technical Conference is of interest to you or your developer team, and especially if you have already thought about becoming a member of the PDF Association anyway – now is a good time to apply for membership: click here to find out more about our memberships benefits, and apply now!

About PDF Association

Founded in 2006 as the PDF/A Competence Center, the PDF Association exists to promote the adoption and implementation of International Standards for PDF technology.

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