A SafeDocs update Article

Although less than a year into the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)-funded Safe Documents (SafeDocs) fundamental research program, from a PDF industry perspective, a number of positive early outcomes …

April 15, 2020

Posted by Peter Wyatt

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SafeDocs: DARPA Does PDF PDF Association news

The SafeDocs research is intended to result in novel parser methodologies to ensure security in digital content.

June 13, 2019

Posted by Duff Johnson

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SafeDocs’ latest research into securing PDF Article

The LangSec IEEE S&P Workshop this year includes several PDF-related presentations resulting from SafeDocs research including a paper by CTO Peter Wyatt.

May 16, 2021

Posted by Peter Wyatt

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SafeDocs Phase 3: Revolutionizing file format specifications, beginning with PDF News

DARPA will provide seed funding of $1.3M for research and prototyping centered on reinventing the PDF specification and delivering on the benefits of defining file formats using unambiguous machine-readable assets.

November 28, 2022

Posted by PDF Association staff

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SafeDocs unearths PDF inline image issue Article

This freely-available PDF file includes 8 test cases that only render correctly if the abbreviated key name is used. If the full key name is used then something else happens …

November 8, 2021

Posted by Peter Wyatt

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DARPA’s SafeDocs initiative News

The US Defense Department’s Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is launching a SafeDocs project to develop methods and tools for format validation and conversion to trusted forms.

August 14, 2018

Posted by PDF Association staff

Home of the worldwide PDF technical community PDF Association news

In 2023 the PDF Association will focus on technical community while the final phase of the SafeDocs program offers an opportunity to shape the future.

December 29, 2022

Posted by Duff Johnson

A new stressful PDF corpus Article

Interoperability is the core value proposition of the PDF file format. Although interoperability comes from sharing a clear and precise understanding of the file format specification, test data in the …

September 10, 2020

Posted by Peter Wyatt

Bell cure of PDF complexity.

2021 in PDF, and what’s coming in 2022 PDF Association news

This summary recalls developments in 2021 and looks forward to PDF Association activities in 2022.

December 23, 2021

Posted by PDF Association staff

PDF Association Take One 2022

GitHub repositories

The PDF Association hosts several public and private repositories in GitHub to facilitate a common understanding of PDF and for developing new ideas around PDF technologies. Private repositories are restricted …

June 24, 2021

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2020: the year in PDF Article

27 years after Adobe shipped the first PDF viewer the portable document format has replaced paper as the final format document media of choice. For many organizations 2020 – the …

December 30, 2020

Posted by PDF Association staff

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Introducing non-rectangular links to PDF Article

Non-rectangular links are coming to PDF 2.0! This article offers some background to link technology in PDF and discusses the forthcoming Extension to PDF 2.0.

April 7, 2022

Posted by Peter Wyatt

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PDF Association, Inc.

In 2019 the PDF Association created a Massachusetts-based non-profit subsidiary organization, PDF Association, Inc. Created to serve as the US government contracting unit of the PDF Association, PDFaInc’s role will …

February 5, 2020

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Stressful PDF Corpus

The “Issue Tracker” corpus of stressful PDF files was originally developed under the DARPA-funded “SafeDocs” program as discussed on If a “stressful PDF” can be considered as any file …

June 17, 2021

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Some of these files are the devil's work!

Peter Wyatt

Peter Wyatt is the PDF Association’s CTO and an independent technology consultant with deep file format and parsing expertise, who is a developer and researcher actively working on PDF technologies …

October 27, 2018

Posted by Peter Wyatt

Peter Wyatt

Technical resources

The following technical resource pages are actively maintained by the PDF Association to provide the PDF industry with the latest technical information. Errata to ISO PDF related standards This resource …

June 18, 2021

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Stressful PDF Corpus

Understanding the problems faced by diverse parsers can be a great learning experience. The “Issue Tracker” corpus of stressful PDF files was originally developed under the DARPA-funded “SafeDocs” program.

February 14, 2021

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Bell cure of PDF complexity.

New release of our PDF library: iText 7 Suite 7.2.1 Member News

iText 7.2.1 is the latest release of your favorite PDF library for Java and .NET, and the first scheduled maintenance release for iText 7.2. We are very excited to announce …

January 11, 2022

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New release iText 7 Suite 7.2.1

How to convince your boss to let you attend the Electronic Document Conference Article

The sessions at #EDCSEATTLE2019 may be interesting and relevant, but you still have to convince your boss to let you go! A developer (we’ll call him “Sam”) just told us …

April 10, 2019

Posted by PDF Association staff

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PDF errata, new features and ISO 32000.

December 9, 2018

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