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The Portable Document Format

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. PDF technology was designed to allow for presentation of documents independent of the application software, operating system and hardware used to create them.

PDF files encapsulate a complete description of a fixed-layout document, including the text, fonts, graphics, and other information needed to display it. PDF files may also include a wide variety of other content, from hyperlinks to metadata to logical structure to JavaScript and attached files, that allow the format to meet a wide variety of functional and workflow needs for electronic documents.

The PDF specification

From 1993 until 2007 the PDF specification (known as the “PDF Reference”) was published by Adobe Systems, and during that time, was released in eight editions, from 1.0 to 1.7. To promote widespread adoption, Adobe System made these documents freely available and their use royalty-free, from the outset.

To download any of the pre-ISO editions of the PDF Reference, visit Adobe’s PDF Reference Archive.

In 2008 ISO published the first ISO edition of the PDF Reference as ISO 32000. Technically identical to PDF 1.7, the first ISO specification for PDF was named “ISO 32000-1”. Under a special one-time agreement between Adobe and ISO, an “Adobe version” of ISO 32000-1 was made available as a free download from Adobe’s website. Purchased directly from ISO, ISO 32000-1 costs 198 Swiss Francs.

PDF 2.0

In July, 2017, ISO published ISO 32000-2, the long-awaited PDF 2.0. In addition to numerous clarifications and corrections, this document enhances and extends the PDF format in a wide variety of new areas.

At the present time, PDF 2.0 is available from ISO and ISO member body organizations at a variety of costs. Some examples:

  • ISO (Switzerland): TBD CHF
  • ANSI (USA): TBD dollars
  • BSI (United Kingdom): TBD pounds
  • DIN (Germany): TBD Euros
  • Estonian Standards Agency: TBD Euros
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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.

July 3, 2017

2017 marks a record number of attendees / Experts shared fully-grounded wisdom on PDF standards across the two-day event Berlin. With over 200 attendees, this year’s PDF Days Europe in Berlin was a significant success with the largest attendance of any …

June 13, 2017

About 35 informative sessions across a wide range of topics, including the next-generation PDF project. Within the video frames you can use the red “play” button to get a short impression of the talk or can enjoy the high resolution version by clicking …

May 28, 2017

With more than 200 participants, this year’s PDF Days Europe was the largest to-date. Early feedback from attendees makes clear that it was also a great success.

May 19, 2017

PDF for printing – The ISO standard PDF/X was the  first ISO standard based on PDF technology. A subset of the PDF specification, PDF/X was designed to constrain PDF  files in order to cater to specific use-cases in the print industry. Content Introduc …

May 9, 2017

More than 150 attendees have registered for the PDF Days Europe 2017 so far!

May 8, 2017

by Dietrich von Seggern Specialized ISO standards based on the Portable Document Format are available for a wide range of purposes. PDF Originally developed by Adobe Systems in 1993, PDF 1.7 became an open standard in 2008 as ISO 32000-1. PDF 2.0 will …

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Recent videos

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


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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 …


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