Berlin, 21. March 2014. Since its beginnings in 1993, PDF technology has become a gigantic ecosystem with thousands of different providers. Originally a proprietary file format, today PDF is a critical part of global IT infrastructure used in almost every sector and industry imaginable. On the 16th and 17th of June 2014, the PDF Association is dedicating another event entirely to the format: PDF Days Europe. The premiere event will be held in Cologne. At this star-studded conference, users and developers will find answers to their questions and ideas for optimal usage of the PDF format. Each different PDF standard will be considered and its potential applications discussed. The agenda for the first day, Educational Day, will include developer- and product-independent presentations on PDF-related themes, such as PDF/A, PDF/UA, PDF/X, PDF/VT, PDF/E and PDF itself. Day two, Solution Day, is dedicated to practical applications for PDF solutions. Cutting-edge questions will be answered, such as “Where is PDF going?” “How can organizations best leverage PDF’s subset standards for archival, accessibility, engineering and print?” “How reliable is PDF?” and “What will PDF 2.0 look like?”
“PDF today is an open ISO standard with a wide range of potential applications. This, along with the wide range of PDF standards, can sometimes make it difficult to maintain an overview of the situation. In PDF Days Europe, we are offering a roadmap”, said Olaf Drümmer, chairman of the PDF Association, explaining the Association’s concerns.
The conference programme includes a wide range of subjects, meaning that IT managers, decision makers, ECM strategists, developers and PDF experts will be sure to get their money’s worth. At the beginning of the event, Frank Easton, system developer at HUK Coburg, will present his keynote speech, titled “PDF or not PDF”, describing his experiences integrating the PDF format into business processes. In the presentation that follows, participants will get a compact overview of all current PDF standards in just 45 minutes. After this, three parallel tracks will be available: Basics, Advanced, and a slot with German-speaking presentations. An evening event together, including the opportunity to watch the football world cup match between Germany and Portugal, will close out the first day of the programme.
Solution Day will start with a compact series of presentations describing new and innovative tools from a range of providers. Participants will be able to choose between a presentation slot containing customer project reports and best practices for users and developers, a slot containing instructions and workshops on the subject of PDF/UA and PDF/A, or they can visit the iText Summit taking place on the same day.
For further information and to register, visit www.pdfa.org/pdf-days-europe-2014.
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.