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March 10, 2014

CeBIT 2014

CeBIT 2014

Berlin / Hannover. This year at CeBIT, PDF Association members are focusing on practical uses for PDF/A-3. This version of the ISO standard opens up many new potential applications, as it allows any format file to be embedded into a PDF/A document. One prominent example of this is the ZUGFeRD data model, which specifies PDF/A-3 as the carrier format for exchanging digital invoices. Accordingly, Association members will show how businesses can create and work with ZUGFeRD-compliant invoices. Email archiving is another practical use for PDF/A-3, as this third version of the standard can combine both archivable emails and attachments with their original source files to create a single PDF/A document. PDF Association members will also show the first examples of this principle in practice.

The ability to embed any format into a PDF/A-3 file is made possible by PDF’s “container” principle, which the third version of the PDF/A standard allows. This feature can significantly improve all kinds of document-based work. For example, a single file can bring together a source file and its archivable copy in one place. Many new potential applications have begun to appear over the past year as a result, including e-invoicing, email archiving, storing birth certificates and more.

PDF/A-3 makes it possible to combine the visual representation of an invoice together with the corresponding machine-readable data in a single file, for optimal exchange between supplier and customer. This approach is defined by the Forum for Electronic Billing in Germany (FeRD e. V.) in its ZUGFeRD data model, which will make its presence felt both at exhibitors’ stands and during a number of presentations at CeBIT.

Email archiving is also proving to be another vital use for PDF/A-3. Now, the long-term PDF/A version of the original mail can be combined with the email attachments (converted to PDF/A format) and the original source format attachments as well. The final result is just one archivable object for each email, containing as many attachments as required.



Location Speaker Topic

10th March 2014
2:30 pm

BITKOM / VOI ECM forum in Hall 3 misc. vendors Solution pitch,  in which six suppliers will demonstrate how businesses and public institutions can use their products to create ZUGFeRD invoices.

11th March 2014
1:30 pm

BITKOM / VOI ECM forum in Hall 3 Thomas Zellmann,  Managing Director of the PDF Association Introductory presentation, “PDF/A-3 for documents – The be-all and end-all?!”

12th March 2014
10:30 am

BITKOM / VOI ECM forum in Hall 3 LuraTech Email archiving with PDF/A

14th March 2014
10:30 am

ERP forum, Hall 5 Podium discussion “From data to information – BI & ECM”. Experts show various ways in which users can benefit from the ZUGFeRD data model.

PDF Association members at CeBIT 2014:

Company Hall/Stand
ABBYY Europe Hall 3, Stand F18
callas software Hall 3, Stand B17
I.R.I.S. Hall 3, Stand F36
Janich & Klass Hall 3, Stand J30
LuraTech Europe Hall 3, Stand E30
microform Hall 3, Stand J30
SRZ Hall 3, Stand G30
T-Systems International Hall 4, Stand C26
Verlag für Standesamtswesen Hall 7, Stand B62


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