The PDF Association started in 2006 as the “PDF/A Competence Center”. The mission was to identify – and thereby establish – a common interpretation of the PDF/A-1 specification. With that accomplished through meetings open to all members, the secondary …“PDF can do THAT?!”
PDF files deliver a complete package of information that defines a document; everything that’s needed to represent the text, graphics and layout that the recipient receives. To most people, PDF is “electronic paper” – the digital expression of a cellul …The only digital document format
What is a “document”? A document is a record of some (typically written) content – a publication, a contract, a statement, a painting – at a moment in time. Until the advent of computers (and scanners), the media typically considered useable for such r …Save the Date: PDF Days Europe 2018, May 14-16, in Berlin
PDF Days Europe is the most popular PDF event of the year. It’s where the PDF industry meets, and where institutional and corporate users come to learn what else PDF could do for them. The first two PDF Days will offer a broad range of educational sessions focussed on current and perennial topics in the world of PDF technology implementation.The Power of the Page
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 …
This change has been profound, if little remarked-on. When once it was generally assumed that anyone viewing PDF files would do so using Adobes Reader, today millions of users view PDF documents many times a day in their browsers or on their phones with no Adobe software involved at all.
Why are web-developers beginning to leverage PDF, and attending the PDF Technical Conference?
From exact, portable pages to offline workflows to scanned pages to CAD drawings to invoices, to press-ready files; PDF can do a lot. Its a solid, reliable technology for a wide variety of tasks, many of which arent easy or (sometimes) possible in HTML. Who wants to reinvent the wheel? The more economic activity moves online, the more PDF files move into the web.
Many websites offer a save as PDF option for their pages, inviting their users to make their own records. Other sites provide navigation to highly-designed or regulated PDF documents, but might also like to provide the best-possible end-user experience of that content. Thats why managing the experience of PDF documents, from creation to viewing to saving offline, is making PDF part of the web developers skill-set.
Lets take one example: many PDF files include forms. Browsers that display PDF files but fail to acknowledge PDF forms are hamstringing users who have highly designed forms in their workflow. They will look for the browser that supports this PDF feature before they abandon the feature or the workflow…
A number of sessions at the PDF Technical Conference are oriented towards web technology, including:
PDF-curious web developers are welcome at the PDF Technical Conference 2015!