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PDF 2.0: The worldwide standard for electronic documents has evolved

PDF 2.0: The worldwide standard for electronic documents has evolved

The Portable Document Format is perhaps the most common example of a de facto standard, so much so that Wikipedia features PDF on its "de facto standards" page. From Ethernet and 802.11 to HTTP and CSS, the modern computing stack consists of hundreds of standards. The way in which PDF exemplifies the specific value of standards is almost unique, for PDF’s value proposition – the reason why PDF is today’s worldwide de facto standard for electronic documents – is the fact of standardization itself.
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The meeting-place of the PDF industry

The meeting-place of the PDF industry

The place to be if you work with PDF.
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PDF Day | Washington DC

PDF Day | Washington DC

This event brings industry experts, vendors and managers together to discuss the importance and utility of the Portable Document Format, its various ISO standards and the wide-ranging technology available to government workflows.
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PDF: the de facto document technology

PDF: the de facto document technology

The Portable Document Format (commonly known as “PDF”) is a file format developed in the early 1990s as a way to share computer documents, including text formatting and inline images.
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The PDF Association is…

an initiative of the Association for Digital Document Standards (ADDS) e.V., founded in September 2006.

The association is geared towards developers of PDF solutions; companies that work with PDF in document management systems (DMS) and electronic content management (ECM), interested individuals, and users who want to implement PDF technology in their organizations. The PDF Association now includes members from over 20 countries world-wide.

Mission Statement

Beginning in 2006 with the PDF/A Competence Center, the PDF Association exists to provide software vendors with information and resources on the various International Standards for PDF to help them make the most of their investment in PDF technology.

As adopted by the Board in January, 2011, the Mission of the PDF Association is this:

To promote Open Standards-based electronic document implementations using PDF technology through education, expertise and shared experience for stakeholders worldwide.

Recent articles
PDF key on a keyboard

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 …

November 14, 2017

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 …

November 1, 2017

PDF Day Washington DC logo

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 …

October 12, 2017

PDF 2.0

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.

August 3, 2017

Recent events

In November the ISO committees for PDF, PDF/A, PDF/UA, PDF/E and XFDF will gather in San Jose, California for another full week of meetings. Key subjects on the table include: ISO 32000 / PDF (WG 8) Now that PDF 2.0 is published, Working Group 8 will u …

November 27, 2017

PDF Day Washington DC logo

This PDF Association event brings industry experts, vendors and managers together to discuss the importance and utility of the Portable Document Format, its various ISO standards and the wide-ranging technology available to government workflows.

January 29, 2018

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Join PDF Association Chairman, Datalogics’ CTO Matt Kuznicki, Executive Director Duff Johnson, and numerous members of the PDF Association, at the Enterprise Communications industry’s biggest annual event, Xploration 2018. Enterprise communications is …

April 17, 2018

In April, 2018 the ISO committees for PDF, PDF/A, PDF/UA, PDF/E and XFDF will gather in Hangzhou, China for another full week of meetings. The following committees will meet: ISO 32000 / PDF (WG 8) Work: Continued development of feature-requests, estab …

April 23, 2018

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PDF Day | Washington DC

PDF Day | Washington DC

This PDF Association event brings industry experts, vendors and managers together to discuss the importance and utility of the Portable Document Format, its various ISO standards and the wide-ranging technology available to government workflows.
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