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PDF Days Europe 2017 hits the target!

With more than 200 participants, this year’s PDF Days Europe was the largest to-date. Early feedback from attendees makes clear that it was also a great success.

PDF/X in a Nutshell

PDF for printing – The ISO standard PDF/X was the  first ISO standard based on PDF technology. A subset of the PDF specification, PDF/X was designed to constrain PDF  files in order to cater to specific use-cases in the print industry. Content Introduc …

Final agenda of the PDF Europe 2017 available as download

More than 150 attendees have registered for the PDF Days Europe 2017 so far!

PDF/X and the other PDF standards

by Dietrich von Seggern Specialized ISO standards based on the Portable Document Format are available for a wide range of purposes. PDF Originally developed by Adobe Systems in 1993, PDF 1.7 became an open standard in 2008 as ISO 32000-1. PDF 2.0 will …

Further quality requirements: PDF/X-Plus

by Stephan Jaeggi PDF/X only defines the general requirements for a reliable exchange of prepress data; the ISO standard itself does not specify quality requirements. These requirements are different for each printing process (sheetfed offset, web offs …

Interop workshops: building a test matrix


Developers participating in the PDF 2.0 interop workshops in the UK (Cambridge) in May, and in the USA (Boston) in June will have the opportunity to test their own files and implementations – even PDF 1.7 implementations – against files and software others have developed for PDF 2.0.

There’s no cost for these workshops, and developers have the option of participating anonymously, or even remotely.

The testing matrix worksheet

Those participating will be asked to fill an Excel spreadsheet listing their test objectives, and specifying the nature of the information they’ll provide based on their own tests. The PDF Association will use this information to create a matrix of possible pair-wise tests while protecting some participants’ need for anonymity.

Screeb-shot of the interop matrix excel sheet.

The Excel file collects company and product information, and for anonymous participants, we will assign code-words to any product name provided. The form then asks for the basic type of software (creator, consumer, both) being tested.

Screen-shot of Excel file with product type dropdown selected.

Once the basic software type is established, choose the means by which you prefer to share test-results with the test-file’s contributor.

Screen-shot of Excel file with test-outcome reporting dropdown highlighted.

For each file (or feature in your software) that you wish to test, please identify areas of testing focus with one row / area of focus. Note that the drop-down is populated by the table-of-contents as provided in the FDIS of ISO 32000-2. PDF Association members can access the FDIS from the PDF Association intranet.

Screen-shot of Excel file showing an example of a test-focus.

Provide a clearly-identifiable test-case or file-name for each test-file, and indicate whether you’ll be providing some test-cases, or are seeking test-cases.

Screen-shot of completed table in Excel file.

Once you have identified each test-focus and corresponding file, email your Excel file to duff.johnson@pdfa.org.

Sign up for the PDF 2.0 interop workshop UK today – May 2-3 in Cambridge.

Sign up for the PDF 2.0 interop workshop USA today! It’s on June 12-13 in Boston.


Tags: interop, testing, workshop
Categories: PDF 2.0, PDF Association, Standards development