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PDF on GAAD: because it’s the content you keep

Tagged PDF is becoming increasingly common. On #GAAD 2022, PDF/UA’s ISO Project Leader takes stock of the progress and highlights what remains.

GAAD logo


Updating PDF-related MIME types

The PDF Association has updated IANA’s MIME media types registry for FDF, XFDF, PRC and U3D.

application/fdf, application/xfdf, application/pdf, model/prc, model/u3d, model/step


The route to PDF/X and where we are now: a personal history

Martin Bailey reflects on the history of PDF/X and its impact on production printing and the exchange of documents in PDF workflows.

Typefaces in CMYK colors.


Introducing non-rectangular links to PDF

Non-rectangular links are coming to PDF 2.0! This article offers some background to link technology in PDF and discusses the forthcoming Extension to PDF 2.0.

Screen-shot of long Table of Contents entries line wrapping with Link annotation QuadPoints boundaries highlighted.


PDF 2.0 adds STEP 3D model support

With the publication of ISO/TS 24064 PDF 2.0 now supports three 3D formats: U3D, PRC and STEP.

Engineering drawing and finished piece.


Accessible documents with PDF/UA – for dummies

This post provides a quick overview of PDF/UA that explains what PDF/UA is, why it should be used, what is important and how to create PDF/UA documents.

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Twenty Years of PDF/X – Part IV

Dov Isaacs discusses the issues and opportunities that the print publishing industry faces and how the PDF/X standard can help the industry in this installment of the ‘Twenty Years of PDF/X’.

A person tries to decide which version of PDF/X.


Twenty Years of PDF/X – Part III

In this part of the ‘Twenty Years of PDF/X’ series, Dov Isaacs discusses the success and adoption of the PDF/X standards.

Diagram of PDF/X and PDF/VT development.


Twenty Years of PDF/X – Part II

In this part of ‘Twenty Years of PDF/X’, Dov Isaacs explores how PDF/X tamed PostScript and its impact on the publishing industry.

PostScript, John Warnock, PDF and Adobe Acrobat.


Twenty years of PDF/X

This is the first of a four part series of articles examining the path leading to today’s PDF/X standards.

Adobe's founders and the PostScript logo.