ISO PDF/X Committee Working on Next Version of the File Exchange Standard for the printing industry

Among the topics discussed were the needs of the packaging industry – whether for more accurate definition and processing of multiple spot color inks, the handling of non-print elements like cut or fold lines, or the use of layers. In order to properly address these issues in a future version of PDF/X, much more direct involvement from the packaging industry is necessary. [...]

PDF/A-1 vs PDF/A-2

Since 2005, PDF/A has been the standard for document archiving in the long term. The first part, PDF/A‑1, was based on PDF version 1.4. This year, the second part, PDF/A‑2, was released, and it introduced a lot of functional extensions. This article explains the difference between PDF/A‑1 and PDF/A‑2 and answers the question, what this means to the user. [...]

PDF/A Competence Center Newsletter: Issue 22

Last month was the first anniversary of the publication of the PDF/VT specification by the International Standards Organization (ISO 16612-2), and it has been a very busy first year. So it is a good time to recap the latest news, and also to review some of the history. Also, the Printing Industries of America (PIA) honored PDF/VT with the “InterTech Technology Award for Innovative Excellence”. Learn how PDF/VT earned the award. [...]

PDF/VT Seminar Offered by PDF/A Competence Center

The PDF/A Competence Center is offering a seminar on PDF/VT, a new format relevant for output management. It will be conducted in German and offered the day before the DMS EXPO in Stuttgart. Wouldn’t you like to learn about PDF/VT? [...]

Adobe Resolves Patent Questions on ISO 32000

PDF developers know that Adobe turned over PDF to ISO in 2008 with the publication of ISO 32000-1, the ISO-ized version of PDF 1.7. Even so, it has come to our attention that questions remain about the release of patents associated with PDF. Did Adobe hold something back when it came to linearization? Would 3rd party developers be at risk of a patent-infringement lawsuit if they implemented linearization features (reading or writing) in their software? The answer, in a word, is no; there’s nothing to worry about. We asked Adobe’s Matthew Hardy to offer some Adobe-official word on the matter. [...]

Legal Requirements of Cross-Border Signed Documents

In the EU – and beyond – electronic signatures are becoming the equivalent of the handwritten signature, and electronic documents that contain signatures are also increasingly exchanged across the borders of the relevant national states. What prerequisites must exist for the sender and recipient of electronically signed documents so that an exchange across national borders can be correctly followed and can build trust in the legal security? [...]

Reproducibility of Archived Documents

As the complexity of the individual electronic archiving formats increases, the requirements for the structure and completeness of the documents must be adjusted accordingly and realized consistently. The aim is to ensure that you can reproduce these documents even after a long time. It only becomes clear at the time of the reproduction whether the criteria for a successful reproduction were also consistently implemented and realized. What are the criteria in this case? [...]

PDF/A 101: An Introduction

What document format should we use for electronic archive of critical business documents going forward? How do you select a format that has all the necessary functionality? What questions do we need to ask? What are the options? [...]