2021 presents special challenges but the PDF Association is very excited to offer PDF Days Europe 2021 in-person & online!

"Technical Days" Monday, September 27 and  Tuesday, September 28 - in-person in Berlin at the SI Hotel and streamed worldwide.

"Solution Day" Wednesday, September 29 - online only, and FREE!

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Monday, September 27, 2021

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10:00 Welcome to the PDF Days Europe

CEO Duff Johnson introduces the year's premiere PDF technology event.

Track 1 - Production
Track 2 - Security & Authentication
10:30
Create PDFs using HTML
How to use HTML to generated PDF documents
In-person presentation
Document management Creation

Francois Fernandes
Digital Frontiers GmbH & Co. KG

Generating documents can be challenging. There are many tools, different platforms and markup languages. Especially these markup languages like XSL:FO or similar, do have a … read more
How to make e-Signing interoperable
Getting rid of proprietary data and closed workflows
In-person presentation
Digital signatures

Carsten Heiermann
Carsten Heiermann
Foxit Corporation

This presentations sorts out digital signatures and e-Signing and describes the current status of e-Signing, with its non-interoperable, cloud based workflows. Can PDF turn e-Signing … read more
11:15 Coffee break
11:45
PDF/A Conversion and Validation Challenges
This presentation will discuss some of the challenges in PDF to PDF/A conversion and PDF/A validation and how to overcome them.
In-person presentation
Archiving

We will examine how specific problems are handled in these (not so) similar processes. Sometimes PDF/A validation can be more complex than PDF/A conversion, and … read more
Validating digital signatures in PDF
About user experiences and pitfalls
In-person presentation
Digital signatures

Bernd Wild
intarsys AG

Digital signatures and PDF are an increasingly popular combination for digitizing paper-based business processes. While the focus of most signature products and solutions is on … read more
12:30 Lunch
13:30
Two Standards. One Goal. Modernizing Print Communication Production
PDF+JDF=ADF! Explore the possibilities when you modernize with automation, PDF features and JDF/JMF connections
In-person presentation
Print Document management CCM PDF 2.0

Mary Ann Rowan
Solimar Systems Inc.

The term Automated Document Factory (ADF) might sound familiar, especially if you have worked in or around print over the last three decades. For the … read more
Cryptography in PDF: future perspectives
Taking PDF crypto to the next level
In-person presentation
Security Digital signatures

Matthias Valvekens
Matthias Valvekens
iText Group NV

The relationship between cryptography and PDF is one with a long history. PDF’s cryptography-related features have been through a number of significant revisions over the … read more
14:15
STOP PRESS! Or how to avoid it!
How do you streamline problem PDFs into the print workflow
Remote presentation
Print

David Stevenson
Global Graphics

What would your print customer say if you rejected any PDF files that were poorly constructed and likely to slow down the press? With such … read more
Content Authenticity and PDF
Support of PDF as part of the Coalition for Content Provenance and Authenticity
Remote presentation
Security Creation Archiving

Come learn about new standards from the Coalition for Content Provenance and Authenticity (C2PA)  and how this impacts PDF and the future of content. read more
15:00 Coffee break
15:30
Archiving email – as PDF?
The current state of discussions and developments in the field of interoperable email archival
In-person presentation
Archiving

Dietrich von Seggern
callas software GmbH

Digital archives have to preserve not only the data formats, they also have to make sure that proper viewer technology is available in the future. For … read more
SafeDocs – towards a more secure future
Securing file formats through provable techniques
Remote presentation
Security

Peter Wyatt
Peter Wyatt
PDF Association

This talk will present industry-relevant outcomes from the DARPA-funded “SafeDocs” research program, as well as reviewing future directions. This research is aimed at reducing the … read more
16:15
A work-in-progress: PDF/R revisions and new, highly compressed image format
What is new and how can it benefit you?
In-person presentation
PDF 2.0

Rene Rebe
TWAIN Working Group

This presentation will outline the current development of PDF/R and the state of  research for adding new, highly efficient image codes to future PDF versions … read more
Making sense of PDF structures in the wild at scale
Building a file observatory to support secure parser development
Remote presentation
Security Document management

Tim Allison
Jet Propulsion Laboratory

PDFs in the wild offer a bewildering amount of variation in syntax, features and structure.  For those building parsers or evaluating parsers, it is critical … read more
17:00 Elevator Pitch and "See you tomorrow"

PDF Days sponsors tell you about themselves in a race against the clock!
PDF Days Elevator
Evening Event
Dinner together, and our famous wheel of fortune at the SI Hotel!

Tuesday, September 28, 2021

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#AccessToInfoDay Track 1 will focus on accessibility to honor the United Nations' designation of September 28 as International Day for Universal Access to Information.

Your morning coffee!
09:00  

Welcome back and Elevator Pitch

PDF Days sponsors tell you about themselves in a race against the clock!

PDF Days Elevator
Track 1 - Accessibility
Track 2 - Technology
09:45
WCAG or PDF/UA: what’s the difference
Gap analysis and challenges in validation
In-person presentation
Accessibility

Boris Doubrov
Boris Doubrov
Dual Lab sprl

At the moment WCAG validation is a legal requirement, while PDF/UA is not (unfortunately). In this talk we make an attempt to perform a gap … read more
The Low Code Revolution and PDF
What does it mean for PDF Developers and PDF Technology Companies?
In-person presentation
Document management

Neil Pitman
Aquaforest Limited

Ever-increasing demand for productivity and faster time to delivery is increasing awareness and adoption of Low-Code application development by IT teams and “Citizen IT”. This … read more
10:30 Coffee break
11:00
Accessible PDF – How to tag content the right way
Finding appropriate Tags for content
In-person presentation
Accessibility Reuse

Klaas Posselt
Einmanncombo

More and more PDFs need to be accessible and so PDF/UA compliant. Today it is technically possible to generate such files of of many tools … read more
Future of Traversing PDF Files
SELECT future FROM pdf.*;
In-person presentation
Document management PDF 2.0

Michael Demey
iText Group NV

As we all know, PDF files are a structural marvel. There are many ways of constructing a file while still maintaining the same visual result. … read more
11:45
What makes a tagged PDF a proper tagged PDF/UA document?
Let us show you how the Matterhorn Protocol helps to generate a PDF/UA compliant document, learn about the most essential tasks and to which difficulties you have to pay attention to.
In-person presentation
Accessibility

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Rene Treuber
axaio software GmbH

Tagged, accessible PDF documents are already part of the standard requirements of many companies – partly due to legal obligations, but increasingly also under a … read more
OpenType color fonts in PDF
Implementing emoji and other colored symbols in PDF
In-person presentation
Print PDF 2.0

Thomas Merz
Thomas Merz
PDFlib GmbH

We are used to setting text in color, but for decades operating systems and font formats supported only monochrome fonts where the font specifies only … read more
12:30 Lunch
13:30
Lessons from implementing a PDF/UA-centric mobile reader
What we've learned while making a better mobile experience
In-person presentation
Accessibility

Matt Kuznicki
AbleDocs

What does it mean for a mobile PDF reader to focus on accessibility? How does a PDF presentation optimized for accessibility differ from a strictly … read more
3DPDFs + the future
format usage + collaboration
In-person presentation
Engineering / 3D

Since the entry of 3D to the PDF specification, usage has been dominated by the AEC industry. Today, the way we use, interpret and digest … read more
14:15
Content accessibility for all screen sizes
The evolution of content and how we consume it
In-person presentation
Accessibility

With mobile claiming more than 50% of total internet usage for the past 5 years, the way we interact and manipulate content must continue to … read more
The Arlington PDF Model
A specification-derived, machine-readable definition of PDF
Remote presentation
PDF 2.0

Peter Wyatt
Peter Wyatt
PDF Association

This talk will present the Arlington PDF Model as the first open access, vendor-neutral, comprehensive, specification-derived machine-readable definition of all formally defined PDF objects and … read more
15:00 Coffee break
15:30
Deriving HTML from PDF – lessons learned
Implementation challenges in reusing PDF content
In-person presentation
Reuse PDF 2.0

Roman Toda
Roman Toda
Normex

Two years after introducing Deriving HTML from PDF document, two years after implementing the core concept, after processing countless authored and un-authored pdf files we … read more
Survey of open source PDF solutions
Rendering, creation, and manipulation
In-person presentation


Michael Vrhel
Michael Vrhel
Artifex Software Inc

The presentation will first provide an overview of the current active open-source projects that deal with PDF rendering, creation, and manipulation. We will be looking … read more
16:15 Round table discussion: Let's talk PDF!
17:00 Thank you and goodbye!
17:10 Annual Members' Meeting (PDF Association members only)

Wednesday, September 29, 2021

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Solution Day is FREE for all attendees!