Berlin. The PDF Association celebrated a particularly special birthday as part of its most recent Technical Conference: it has now been 20 years since the PDF format was first published. During the event, participants gained a fully-grounded insight into all the different PDF standards – from PDF/A and PDF/UA to PDF/X, PDF/E, PDF/VT and of course PDF itself. The next Technical Conference will take place on the 14th and 15th of August 2013, in Seattle, followed by PDF/A Users’ Day on the 16th of August 2013.
A recent survey conducted by the market research institute Innofact, on behalf of Adobe Systems, found that PDF is the world’s most widely-used file format. PDF was ratified as an ISO standard (ISO 32000) in 2008; for some time now, its ongoing development has been not just the work of Adobe, but the responsibility of a number of other companies as well. Further ISO PDF standards have started to make themselves known, including PDF/A for long-term archiving, PDF/E for exchanging engineering data (including PDF-based 3D models), PDF/UA for universal accessibility, PDF/VT for high-volume variable and transactional printing, and PDF/X for pre-press work. All of these formats were discussed in depth at the Technical Conference, with attractive keynote presentations on the agenda at the start of each day of the conference.
On day one, Leonard Rosenthol of Adobe Systems talked about the future of PDF, discussing his experiences in PDF standardisation both with Adobe and with a number of international standardisation bodies. Mozilla’s Marco Zehe opened the second day with his keynote speech “Document accessibility for software developers”, focusing on the universally accessible PDF/UA format, which continues to grow in popularity. At the end of the first evening, participants celebrated the PDF format’s 20th birthday together. Olaf Drümmer, chairman of the PDF Association, and vice-chairman Duff Johnson entertained guests with historical anecdotes from the past two decades.
“We received some very positive feedback from this year’s event,” said Olaf Drümmer. “We’re now very excited for the next Technical Conference in August, which will be the first to be held in the USA. We’d love it if this event’s participants told their partners or colleagues in North America about the upcoming conference there.”
About the PDF Association
First established as the PDF/A Competence Center in 2006, today, the PDF Association is an international organization promoting awareness and adoption of open standards in digital document applications using PDF technology.
The association facilitates education, networking and communication, 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 Actino Software GmbH, Adobe Systems Inc., callas software GmbH, intarsys consulting GmbH and LuraTech Europe GmbH. The association’s chairman is Olaf Drümmer, CEO of callas software GmbH. Duff Johnson, ISO Project Leader for ISO 32000, the PDF Standard, is the association’s vice-chairman.