Technical Conference Europe 2013 · June 18-19, 2013 · Königswinter, Germany

Two days packed with presentations and discussions about PDF

The PDF Association invites its members to attend the Technical Conference Europe 2013, to be held June 18-19, 2013 in the Hotel Maritim in Königswinter (Germany).

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/UA over PDF/X, PDF/E, PDF/VT  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. In order to register and to reserve your seat please go to the Registration page.

For those unable to attend in person we will provide remote access through web conferencing. Remote access will be free of charge, but will only be available to members of the PDF Association.

Registration and Prices

  • Members: 199 Euro
  • Members of partner organizations: 199 Euro
  • Non-members: 799 Euro

(all prices excluding 19% German VAT)

Registration at

Preliminary conference program

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

In order to download the conference information and program as an accessible PDF file please see the link at bottom of this page.


Leonard Rosenthol – The Future of PDF. Leonard Rosenthol is PDF Architect & Principal Scientist at Adobe Systems, Inc. He is responsible for the definition and standardization of PDF both within Adobe and in various international standards bodies (e.g. ISO, ETSI, OASIS). As senior member of the Acrobat engineering team he is responsible for the design and implementation of various aspects of the Adobe Acrobat & Reader product lines.

Marco Zehe – Document accessibility for software developers. Marco Zehe, Accessibility Quality Assurance Engineer at the Mozilla Corporation since 2007, is responsible for testing new features and fixes in Firefox and other products from Mozilla. Totally blind from birth, Marco Zehe has been using screen readers of various shapes and sizes since 1991, when he got his first DOS-based PC. Not limiting himself to the blindness side of things, he hopes to be able to help both developers and users with all kinds of disabilities such as motor impairments, low vision and others.

Tracks 1 to 3 on Tuesday

Track 1 – Archiving: PDF/A will be discussed for scanned and digital-born documents as well as new opportunities for hybrid archiving using PDF/A-3. Archiving of PDF 3D with PRC and their relationship to PDF/E will also be presented.

Track 2 – Output and Print: PDF/X and PDF/VT for prepress and printing applications are the focus standards in this track. The Altona Test Suite wil be discussed in detail.

Track 3 – Inside PDF: PDF 2.0, XMP and Validation: This heavily technical track deals with validation and presents existing PDF validation options as well as future plans for extended PDF validation.

Tracks A to C on Wednesday

Track A – Accessibility: PDF/UA is the standard for creating accessible PDF files. Creation, procedures and tools as well as checking for accessibility are the main focus. Related topics for accessible and mobile PDF files are further presentations.

Track B – Signatures and SharePoint: Two sessions will discuss digital signatures in detail. SharePoint has gained a lot of momentum with new developments for PDF 2.0, and two afternoon sessions will discuss the optimal integration of PDF and PDF standards into SharePoint.

Track C – Inside PDF: PDF Creation and Processing: This is the hard core track for in-depth discussion of the PDF syntax. Creation of technically good PDF will be discussed as well as strategies for font and text handling.

            Conference Programme – June 18, 2013

9:00 Registration

Opening Session

Olaf Drümmer, Chairman PDF Association

10:30 Keynote

The Future of PDF

Leonard Rosenthol, Adobe Systems Inc.

11:30 Coffee break

Track 1: Archiving: PDF/A – PDF/E

Programme chair: Thomas Zellmann, Managing Director PDF Association

Track 2: Output – Print: PDF/X – PDF/VT

Programme chair: Dov Isaacs, Adobe Systems Inc.

Track 3: Inside PDF: PDF 2.0, XMP and Validation

Programme chair: Duff Johnson, Vice-Chairman PDF Association

Scan PDF

MRC, OCR, JBIG2, JPEG 2000 and automatic recognition

Armin Ortmann, Luratech Europe GmbH


Inside PDF/X, creating PDF/X-4

Stephan Jaeggi, PrePress-Consulting Stephan Jaeggi

Introduction to PDF 2.0

How the first PDF version developed by ISO will impact the PDF eco-system

Olaf Drümmer and Leonard Rosenthol
12:45 Lunch break

Digital-born PDF

e-Invoicing à la “ZUGFeRD” and PDF/A-3

Dr. Bernd Wild, Board Member PDF Association

Colour for offset, digital, variable data, mobile & signage – in PDF?

Solving workflow equations with multiple unknowns

Peter Karp, Fogra

Validating PDF – DVA and beyond

Two views on how to approach validation of PDF files against ISO 32000

François Fernandes, levigo solutions GmbH, Leonard Rosenthol, Adobe Systems Inc.

The interactive and 3D sides of PDF at work

PDF/E, 3D PDF, Acroforms and XFA

Ulrich Isermeyer, Adobe Systems GmbH

Colour Management for PDF developers 

How to handle colour in PDF correctly and efficently

Dietmar Fuchs, ColorLogic

PDF Validation: Dream or Yawn?

Waking up to the possibilities of an open-source PDF validator

Duff Johnson, Vice-Chairman PDF Association
15:15 Coffee break

PRC – the next generation 3D exchange format?

What’s special about PRC, and how does it work inside PDF?

 Alain Pfouga, PROSTEP / 3D PDF Consortium

Creating PDF/VT

Encapsulated XObjects, DPart Metadata, PDF/VT-2s print streams and beyond

Stephan Mühlstrasser, PDFlib GmbH

7 Years with XMP

A personal history of implementing XMP for PDF/A, PDF/X, PDF/VT, PDF/UA

Dietrich von Seggern, Ulrich Frotscher, callas software GmbH

Closing session

Wrap-up and hot topics from the first day, with track moderators

17:00 End of first conference day
19:00 Departure for evening event:

“20 years PDF”

            Conference Programme – June 19, 2013


Opening Session

Duff Johnson, Vice-Chairman PDF Association

9.45 Keynote

Document accessibility for software developers

Marco Zehe, Mozilla

10:30 Coffee break

Track A: Accessible documents: PDF/UA

Programme chair: Olaf Drümmer, Chairman PDF Association

Track B: Digital Signatures – Sharepoint

Programme chair: Dr. Bernd Wild, Board Member PDF Association

Track C: Inside PDF: PDF Creation and Processing

Programme chair: David van Driessche

Entangled in the Tagged PDF jungle?

From marked content, logical structure and tags to PDF/UA

Matthew Hardy, Adobe Systems Inc.

What’s new in PDF 2.0 regarding digital signatures

European standards and best practices

Bruno Lowagie, iText Software BVBA

Why will ISO 16684-2 be important?

Defining and validating XMP schemas using Relax NG

Stefan Makswit, Adobe Systems GmbH, Hamburg

Climbing the Matterhorn

Achieving and ensuring PDF/UA conformance as an end user

Jens Bjerre Kirkegard, Rosendahls

DigSig and the AdES standards

Latest developments and changes to the EU law

Leonard Rosenthol, Adobe Systems Inc.

Low level PDF generation

Experiences with a tool suite for syntax-centric PDF creation

Sebastian Holder, levigo solutions GmbH

12:30 Lunch break

Empowering Tools for Tagged PDF Support

The features users need to produce PDF/UA conforming files

Duff Johnson, Vice-Chaiman PDF Association

Verification of high volumes of digitally signed PDFs

Strategies for massive archives

Dr. Bernd Wild, Board Member PDF Association

Rendering transparency correctly

Pitfalls and challenges – and how PDF 2.0 might change the picture

Florian Süßl, zipcon consulting berlin


How do the gurus handle real world challenges?

Seasoned PDF accessibility experts share their tips

Jens Bjerre Kirkegard, Duff Johnson, Matthew Hardy, Samuel Hofer

PDF and Microsoft Sharepoint

Hurdles to overcome

Neil Pitman, Aquaforest Ltd

Creation of good PDF

Panel discussion

Invited: iText, Compart, Adobe, levigo
15:00 Coffee break

Closing session

Wrap-up and hot topics from the second day, with track moderators

16:00 End of second conference day


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!

Travel to Königswinter

For our international guests we have collected some travel advice.

Königswinter is a small city at the river Rhine, beyond the river is located the former German capital Bonn.

So obviously the airport named „Flughafen Köln/Bonn“ (CGN) is located closest to the event. From there a direct regional train (Regional-Express, RE) in the direction „Koblenz“ departs hourly and stops at „Königswinter Bahnhof“ (main station). From the station it is an easy walk of about 15 minutes (1 km) to the hotel MARITIM.
Alternatively a taxi ride of aproximatly 30 km from the airport Köln/Bonn would cost around 50 Euro and normally takes about 35-45 MInutes.

Another airport in the area is „Flughafen Düsseldorf“ (DUS). This is airport is less convenient as the fastest connection from there is actually a high speed train to Köln/Bonn airport. From there one would proceed as described above for „Flughafen Köln/ Bonn“(Regional train to Königswinter). A Taxi ride from Flughafen Düsseldorf to Königswinter  (70 km) may easily cost 120 Euro and more and often takes even longer as the train.

For guests from overseas Frankfurt airport (FRA) may be more direct and cost efficient. From there a high speed train (ICE) takes about an hour to Köln (Cologne). Regional trains go from Cologne to Königswinter and take about half an hour.

For detailed train information and booking you can go to

Amsterdam is less ideal, as it takes more than 4 hours by train to Bonn or Königswinter. (But if one had the time for a vacation there are actually very nice river cruises on the Rhine from Amsterdam to Cologne which take about a week.)

For those arriving a bit early before the conference, a boat trip on the river Rhine may be recommended instead. For example the cruise from Bonn to Königswinter takes about an hour.

Members can find further information for registration and accommodation in our member intranet, where all our members have access.

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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