Technical Conference North America 2013 · August 14-15, 2013 · Seattle, Washington

Delivering two full days of intensive technical education for PDF experts, developers and implementers of PDF applications and libraries, the PDF Association’s first Technical Conference in North America will be held August 14 and 15 at Adobe’s offices in Seattle, Washington.

Immediately following the Technical Conference is PDF/A Day, a free event for end users and organizations seeking information on the archival variant of PDF.

 width=Two days, two tracks and many opportunities to learn!

A PDF Association Technical Conference provides marketing-free education on topics specific to PDF and related ISO standards and technologies. Designed expressly for a technical audience – PDF experts, developers, technical product managers and decision makers – the Technical Conference provides updates on the latest developments in the world of PDF. There's lots of space for discussion and networking as well.

Conference speakers include many recognized experts in the field who come to offer detailed technical education and their views on current subjects such as PDF/A, PDF/UA, mobile, 3D and interactive PDF.  Each session's speaker will not only share their knowledge but also hard-won insights based on their own development work.

June 15, 2013 is the 20th anniversary of Acrobat and PDF 1.0!  Adobe Systems’ Senior Vice-President Technology Bob Wulff, manager of Acrobat engineering from version 1 through version 9, will deliver the Keynote address on the origins of Acrobat and PDF.

Registrations are taken on a first come first served basis. Register now to reserve your place!

Following the first day's sessions are the PDF Association will host a dinner for all attendees, included in the cost of attendance.

Registration and Prices (per person)

  • $199, each PDF Association Member
  • $199, each AIIM Member
  • $199 each partner organization member
  • $595 each non-member

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Note: After covering costs, any remaining proceeds will be contributed to the PDF Association's NVDA goes PDF/UA project.

Conference Program

The conference program is subject to change without prior notice!

Click here for a PDF version of the conference program.

Conference Program - August 14, 2013

08:30 Registration
09:00 Welcome (Nora Calvillo, & Duff Johnson)
7 Minutes with a PDF Standard
We bring you up to speed on the latest development in ISO Standards for PDF, PDF/A, PDF/E, PDF/UA, PDF/VT, PDF/X, PRC, & PDF JavaScript in 7 minutes apiece!
10:30 Coffee Break
Tracks Track A: Mobile and Interactive Track B: Repurposing and PDF/UA
Creating PDF for Mobile Display
Dov Isaacs (Adobe Systems)
Advanced concepts for PDF content extraction and repurposing
Lawrence Freil (Apago)
12:00 Lunch
PDF on the Web & Mobile Devices
Ivan Nincic, James Borthwick (PDFTron)
7 Years with XMP: A personal history of implementing XMP for PDF/A, PDF/X, PDF/VT, PDF/UA
Dietrich von Seggern, callas software GmbH
Implementing 3D PDF
David Opsahl (3D PDF Consortium)
Introducing the Matterhorn Protocol for PDF/UA Conformance
Duff Johnson (PDF Association)
14:50 Coffee Break
Interactive PDF: Building documents that think and do
Jeff Brand (Ad Lib Software)
Adobe PDF Tools: Building for PDF/UA
Matt May (Adobe Systems)
Programmatic PDF form data handling
Thom Parker (Windjack Solutions, Inc.)
Consuming PDF: The AT Perspective
Michael Curran & James Teh (NV Access)
The Unencrypted PDF Wrapper File Format: A Proposal
Jim Thatcher (Microsoft)
Closing Session: Wrap Up the Day
Duff Johnson & Nora Calvillo)
18:15 A Dinner Party Cruise on Seattle's Lakes!

Conference Program - August 15, 2013

09:00 Keynote: Bob Wulff, VP of Engineering, Adobe Systems

The Early History of PDF and Acrobat Lessons and stories from the creation of PDF
Tracks Track A: Creation Track B: PDF/A
All you ever wanted to know about fonts, but were afraid to ask
Tim Sullivan (ActivePDF)
From PDF/A to PDF/A-3: More than just embedded files
Dietrich von Seggern (callas software GmbH)
10:50 Coffee Break
PDF Technical Follies
Matt Kuznicki (Datalogics)
PDF/A What’s a Conforming Viewer to Do?
Leonard Rosenthol (Adobe Systems)
12:30 Lunch
MRC, OCR, JBIG2, JPEG 2000 & More
Carsten Heiermann (Luratech)
Combining PDF/A and digital Signatures
Bruno Lowagie (iText)
Validating PDF
Duff Johnson (PDF Association)
The Dirty Details of Digital Signatures
Dr. Bernd Wild (intarsys consulting)
15:20 Coffee Break
Closing Session: PDF 2.0 and Beyond: Where can the Portable Document Format go from here?
Panel Discussion with Leonard Rosenthol, David Opsahl, Bruno Lowagie & Jim Thatcher. Duff Johnson (Moderator)
17:00 End of Day 2
Next An informal dinner for those who wish it!

AIIM, the global community of information professionals logo.

A PDF Association Technical Conference sponsor, AIIM's Standards Program is the SDO leading development of ISO 32000 (PDF Reference), ISO 19005 (PDF/A), ISO 14289 (PDF/UA) and ISO 24517 (PDF/E). AIIM members can attend the Technical Conference at PDF Association member rates; contact Betsy Fanning for your AIIM member's registration code.


If you still have questions around the conference, please use the contact form on this website to get in touch with our conference team.

Become a member today!

In case you find that the Technical Conference is of interest to you or your developer team, and especially if you have already thought about becoming a member of the PDF Association anyway – now is a good time to apply for membership: click here to find out more about our memberships benefits, and apply now!

PDF/A Day – August 16 2013

Immediately following the Technical Conference is PDF/A Day free of charge, a must for records-managers, CIOs and those responsible for archival collections of electronic documents.

PDF/A Day features educational end-user oriented presentations from PDF Association member organizations. We encourage developers attending the Technical Conference to stick around for PDF/A Day to get the customer perspective.

Travel to Seattle

Located in the state of Washington in the north-western United States, Seattle is world-famous for its physical beauty. It's also the home of Microsoft, Boeing and a number of other major technology and aerospace companies.

The Technical Conference will occur at Adobe's lakeside office complex at 801 N 34th St, Seattle, WA 98103. More information on local hotels is easy to find via and other online travel sites. The conference site is approximately 30 minutes from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, or "Sea-Tac" as the locals call it.  Sea-Tac's airport code is "SEA".

Adobe Seattle Offices Map


Exit the airport northbound and take 518 west to 509. Follow 509 north and go over the First Avenue South Bridge. After crossing the bridge, bear left onto E. Marginal Way and follow E. Marginal Way as it becomes Highway 99/the Alaskan Way viaduct. Follow 99 north along the Seattle waterfront, through the Battery Street tunnel, and continue north on 99. Immediately after crossing the Aurora Bridge, take the first exit to Bridge Way, and then turn right at the traffic light onto Stone Way. Continue down Stone Way and proceed through the intersection of 34th Street. Just after 34th Street, take a right onto N. Northlake Way and proceed into Adobe's campus.


Exit the airport northbound and take 518 west to Interstate 5. Follow I-5 north through downtown Seattle (don't take the express lanes). Just after crossing the Ship Canal Bridge, take exit 169 for N. 45th Street. It's a double exit; take the right exit (N. 45th), and then after the lanes split, keep left. Turn left onto N. 45th Street, cross over the highway, and continue west on N. 45th for one mile. At the eighth traffic light, turn left onto Stone Way. Continue down Stone Way and proceed through the intersection of 34th Street. Just after 34th Street, take a right onto N. Northlake Way and proceed into Adobe's campus.

Accommodation near the Conference

Hotels within a 5 mile radius around the conference location at Adobe's lakeside office complex at 801 N 34th St, Seattle, WA 98103.

1. Fairmont Olympic Seattle (5 Stars)

Distance 2.85 Miles

411 University St, Seattle, WA 98101, United States
Contact: +1 206 6211700 

In the heart of downtown Seattle and on the Register of Historic Places ? Fairmont Olympic Hotel is Seattle's premier luxury hotel. Boasting 450 warm and residental guestrooms ? including 208 suites ? the hotel features state?of?the?art wireless and high?speed Internet access. It offers more than 20*000 square feet of meeting space ? 24?hour room service ? a health club with indoor swimming pool

2. Courtyard Seattle Downtown/Lake Union (3 Stars)

Distance 1.49 Miles

925 Westlake Ave North, Seattle, WA 98109, United States
Contact: +1 206 2130100 

The Courtyard downtown Seattle hotel is on the western shore of Lake Union and just blocks from the Space Needle KeyArena Pacific Science Center monorail and boat excursion companies. Enjoy a beautifully located Lake Union hotel in Seattle Washington

3. The Westin Seattle (5 Stars)

Distance 2.43 Miles

1900 Fifth Ave, Seattle, WA 98101, United States

A contemporary haven in the heart of Seattle's vibrant downtown shopping, dining and financial district. The Westin features unique and varied dining experiences and panoramic views from our guest rooms.

4. Hotel Andra (3 Stars)

Distance 2.46 Miles

2000 4th Ave, Seattle, WA 98121, United States 
Contact: +1 206 4488600

Step into Hotel Andra and be transported from bustling downtown neighborhood to a warm urban environment. Ideally located in the epicenter of the city on the seam of the Belltown and South Lake Union neighborhoods.

5. Alexis Hotel (3 Stars)

Distance 3.07 Miles

1007 First Ave, Seattle Washington, WA 98104, United States

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