PDF/A and PDF/X at the Same Time

In an archival project it may be important that the archival PDFs do comply also with PDF/X to make sure that they can be output on a high end printing device – today or in the future. In many such projects questions arise about what are the differences between the two PDF based ISO standards and the following brief overview should shed some light on this. How can compliance with PDF/A and PDF/X be achieved at the same time in a single file? [...]

PDF/A Competence Center Expands to PDF Association to Cover ALL Open International Standards for PDF!

The PDF/A Competence Center is now part of a larger organization dedicated to promoting International Standards for PDF. As the PDF Association, numerous world-leading companies and experts in PDF technology will exchange information and experiences about all PDF standards, including PDF/A, PDF/VT, PDF/UA and more. [...]

Forms Are Made for Filling

Just as documents are made to be read, forms are made to be filled. If accessible documents and forms are a requirement, a paper form or TIF file isn’t acceptable. Learn about the subsection of Section 508 that requires fillable forms. [...]

PDF/UA: Steady Progress Towards Publication

In development for almost seven years, PDF/UA is now almost ready for the public. Why should PDF software developers pay attention? [...]

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? [...]