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The next PDF Standards meeting is in Sydney, Australia, so naturally, it’s a great place and time for PDF Day Australia!

PDF Days Europe 2016 in June was a great success! Videos from Berlin are now available!

The new PDF/E Competence Center started with its first meeting on September 8, 2016.

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The Portable Document Format

The Portable Document Format (PDF) was born on 15 June, 1993 when Adobe Systems shipped Adobe Acrobat 1.0.

23 years and hundreds of billions of files later, PDF is the world’s chosen electronic document format; a universal choice for the fixed-layout, self-contained documents so vital to businesses across the globe.

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Recent member news
LuraTech Europe GmbH
LuraTech becomes Foxit Europe GmbH

Berlin. In October 2015, Foxit Software acquired LuraTech. As the next logical step on this path, LuraTech is now being renamed to Foxit Europe GmbH. This makes LuraTech a part of a global business and a leading provider of fast, cost-effective, secure …

axaio software GmbH
New MadeToTag version for a comfortable use of form fields

axaio software, developer of automation solutions for PDF creation, printing and content correction workflows for the publishing and printing markets, today launches the update version 1.7.080 of MadeToTag including a brand-new feature for the optimization of form fields.

PDFlib GmbH
Details on the upcoming PDF 2.0 Standard

A detailed article by PDFlib GmbH on new features and changes as well as deprecated features in the upcoming standard PDF 2.0 (ISO 32000-2).

BFO (Big Faceless Org.)
Long-Term Validation of Signatures

When presented with a digitally signed document, most will probably just accept it at face value. The more technically minded will validate the signature, which confirms that the signature is unaltered, and that is signed by a Certificate which we trust.

Repackaging a PDF Portfolio using the Datalogics PDF Java Toolkit

PDF Packages were introduced in Acrobat 8.0 and they themselves were an extension to simple file attachments in a PDF file. With PDF Packages, you could combine multiple PDF files into a single “Package” with each file remaining a discrete entity with it’s own security settings but you could also combine Dynamic XFA Forms and static PDF Forms (Acroforms). What distinguished PDF Packages from ZIP files is that you could add descriptive text and metadata in context and you’d get a little thumbnail to help you find the specific files you wanted across the whole set.

Recent articles

PDF/E Competence Center promote awareness of the ISO standard for engineering supporting the secure creation, exchange and use of engineering documents.

September 27, 2016
Reproduction of a bison of the cave of Altamira

Reproduction of a bison of the cave of Altamira Throughout Time… Humans have put their thoughts to media with the idea of capturing these in time – that is, creating documents – for many millennia. Needless to say, readers’ expectations have changed …

September 23, 2016

This educational event is designed to help CIOs, document management experts and electronic content policy-makers come to grips with ISO-standardized PDF technology. With special focus on archiving and accessibility, PDF Day Australia is a unique oppor …

September 9, 2016

The successful PDF Days Europe will be held in Berlin again. Across two days, you’ll be able to choose from German- and English- language presentations, user reports and workshops in order to assemble your own personal package of PDF knowledge.

September 6, 2016

ECM needs a common portable container to move information management to the next level.

August 15, 2016

You missed the PDF Days Europe 2016? Never mind!

August 14, 2016

My interview with Nikos Andronikos, who chairs the W3C’s SVG Working Group (WG), about SVG and PDF.

August 9, 2016
Recent videos

PDF Association Board Member Hans-Joachim Hübner and Managing Director Thomas Zellmann presented the keynote speech “PDF / A-3 as preservation format”.


You missed the PDF Days Europe 2015? Never mind! Overview of the video recordings of the PDF Days Europe 2015


A single session was dedicated at each PDF Day to giving each sponsor no more than 4 minutes to introduce themselves and their organizations, and talk about what makes them different.


21 videos covering the sessions at PDF Day in December, 2014. Subjects range from accessibility to NARA’s transfer guidance, collaboration, and more.


On June 18 David van Driessche held an English webinar focusing on how to use pdfToolbox Server in more advanced ways – knowing how pdfToolbox Server works with hot folders is a prerequisite. It might be a good idea to watch these former webinars about …


Next events
VIP Event 2016

Start: November 7, 2016

PDF Day Australia
Start: November 25, 2016

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