It’s a question that vexes vendors of web-based solutions everywhere: why do people still insist on PDF files? And why does PDF’s mindshare keep going up? “PDF is such antediluvian technology!” they say. “It’s pre-web, are you kidding me? It’s so old-f …PDF Association technical resources: an overview
PDF is PDF because files produced with one vendor’s software can be read using a different vendor’s software with no loss of fidelity. Interoperability is key to our industry. The PDF Association is a international membership organization dedicated to …2022: The last year of paper for records-keeping
NARA (The National Archives and Records Administration) is the final depository for the long-term records generated by all other agencies of the U.S. Federal Government. The agency has a key role in preserving the cultural history of the republic as we …PDF 2.0 examples now available
The PDF Association is proud to present the first PDF 2.0 example files made available to the public. Created and donated to the PDF Association by Datalogics, this initial set of PDF 2.0 examples were crafted by hand and intentionally made simple in construction to serve as teaching tools for learning PDF file structure and syntax.PDF 2.0 interops help vendors
The PDF 2.0 interop workshops included many vendors with products for creating, editing and processing PDF files. They came together in Boston, Massachusetts for a couple of days to test their own software against 3rd party files.
The PDF Association engages in many activities as it follows its mission of promoting the adoption of ISO standardized PDF technology around the world.
Some of the most important work we do involves providing information and resources to government agencies and regulators to help them develop reference materials, guidelines, regulations and laws.
Government agencies have a special interest in PDF technology for a variety of reasons.
Government agencies already create, distribute, capture and retain PDF format documents on an industrial scale, and they did so long before the PDF Association came into existence. So what can we add?
From the beginning, PDF was engineered to achieve cross-platform, self-contained reliability. In other words, it was engineered to be something a community could support. Today, this reality is visible in the deep and wide range of PDF software products from thousands of vendors across the globe.
With most major PDF producers as members, the PDF Association can claim substantial representation of the industry, and the organization is undoubtedly influential. Lets review some examples:
The PDF Association is taking on more missions than ever before. The veraPDF project to develop an industry-accepted, open-source PDF/A validator is nearing completion based on a consensual process that began 10 years ago with the PDF/A Competence Center. veraPDF is being closely watched by government, archival and academic institutions worldwide; all indications are that interest is growing as the software and test-suite mature.
Today, PDFs vital role as the electronic document format of record is unchallenged, but the real story is what happens tomorrow. Heres what we can look forward to:
PDF remains the indispensable file format for business and government because it is uniquely suited to cases where reliable, cross-platform, self-contained documents are either required or desirable. As part of its mission to drive awareness of PDFs capabilities and the value of ISO standardization of PDF technology, the PDF Association will continue to interact with and advise government and regulatory agencies worldwide as they develop policies for the management of electronic documents.