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A SafeDocs update

Although less than a year into the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)-funded Safe Documents (SafeDocs) fundamental research program, from a PDF industry perspective, a number of positive early outcomes have already occurred.

Source code


Visibility into the ISO pipeline for PDF standards

A new resource collating all ISO groups and currently active work items related to PDF has been developed. Based on public information, this summary is invaluable for all PDF developers to ensure awareness of forthcoming changes in PDF-related standards.

Jungle with ISO logo


Mobile Magazines

More and more, magazines are available on tablets or other mobile platforms. The subscriber uses the respective app to view the magazine pages, but in many cases the internal format is actually PDF. In this article, we want to have …

Screenshot of a mobile magazine UI.


Updated draft PDF 2.0 standard publicly available

Now available from ISO: the Draft International Standard (DIS) version of the latest ISO 32000-2 (PDF 2.0) standard is ready for download. Notable changes include support for Reiwa, the new Japanese era, and additional clarifications and corrections.

ISO meeting


PDF in the work-from-home (WFH) world of COVID-19

Ailing economies around the world need every advantage in these difficult times. On the other side of today’s crisis a new WFH/SFH paradigm may influence decision makers to rethink past decisions.

Woman works on laptop while man plays


Library of Congress blog post: PDF is here to stay

The Signal, a Library of Congress blog, has a new post about archiving with our favorite format by the Library of Congress’ Kate Murray, the PDF Association’s Duff Johnson, and Kevin De Vorsey of the National Archives and Records Administration. …

Top of blog post.


The future of past email is PDF

Archives, libraries, and other memory institutions have experimented with PDF for archiving email, but have not widely implemented them as production services. As a result, many organizations are simply storing format specific email archives as unprocessed holdings. For this group, …

Earth and Mars connected by email.


PDF just keeps going and going…

When people talk to me about PDF technology they are generally pretty happy about it. End users feel that they can really understand PDF; it works exactly as you’d expect digital paper to work; simple, reliable and effective. And it’s …

Google Trends graph of PDF.


PDF featured in a New Yorker cartoon

“I’m sorry, Derek, but, now that Kelsey has learned how to convert JPEGs into PDFs, we can’t justify keeping you on.”

The New Yorker


OCR for PDFs – old news?

These days, scanning documents to Portable Document Format (PDF) or PDF/A, with text recognition, should be part of every company’s day-to-day operations. This, after all, is what makes it possible to convert scanned documents into text that can be selected, …



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