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November 21, 2006 (Berlin) – The PDF/A Competence Center welcomes Adobe Systems as a new member. “We have succeeded in recruiting the inventor of PDF and co-initiator of the new ISO standard PDF/A for our association,” announced Thomas Zellmann, executive chairman of the PDF/A Competence Center, with great satisfaction.
“We have monitored the activities of the association since its inception and are pleased by its dynamics,” stated Ulrich Isermeyer, Business Development Manager of Adobe Systems GmbH. “For us the PDF/A Competence Center represents an outstanding platform for promoting the topic more effectively.”
The members of the PDF/A Competence Centers are focused on both technical as well as conceptual aspects. They contribute actively to the advancement of the PDF/A standard and have representatives on the International Standards Organisation (ISO) committee. The products of the members are mutually tested to ensure high technical quality. At the same time, the PDF/A Competence Center has made its mission to serve as a platform for the exchange of experience and information on the new ISO standard. In pursuit of this mission it holds international seminars on the topic and provides comprehensive information on its Internet site.
PDF/A is the ISO 19005 standard for long-term archiving of electronic documents. It represents a restricted variant of PDF and creates a standardized profile for using PDF in long-term archiving. The standard specifies in detail which content and elements are allowed and which are not. The specification is intended to ensure long-term readability of documents regardless of the application software and operating system in which they were originally produced. Experts predict that the designation of PDF/A as an ISO standard will promote the popularity of that format, and advantages such as full text search capabilities will lead to it replacing TIFF in the near future.
About the PDF/A Competence Center
The PDF/A Competence Center was established as an association in 2006. The objective of the association is to promote the exchange of information and experience in the field of long-term archiving in accordance with ISO 19005 (PDF/A). Among the founding companies are callas software GmbH, Compart Systemhaus GmbH, LuraTech Europe GmbH, PDF Tools AG and PDFlib GmbH. The membership has more than tripled in just a short time. The executive chairman is Thomas Zellmann, a managing partner of LuraTech GmbH, Germany. Dr. Hans Baerfuss, CEO of PDF Tools AG, Switzerland, is the deputy executive chairman.
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