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SafeDocs Phase 3: Revolutionizing file format specifications, beginning with PDF

DARPA will provide seed funding of $1.3M for research and prototyping centered on reinventing the PDF specification and delivering on the benefits of defining file …

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4th annual PDF accessibility survey for AT users

The PDF and the User survey is back for a fourth year. This survey is designed to capture the perceptions of users with disabilities who use adaptive technology (AT) when accessing PDF documents.



PDF 2.0 Application Note: Associated Files

This Application Note provides technical background to the definition of Associated Files in PDF 2.0. It is intended for developers who want to learn about the Associated Files feature in PDF. The document includes generalized use cases to demonstrate the …



New search engine, other improvements coming to pdfa.org

The PDF Association has started to overhaul its website, with the first such change being a new search engine, installed on October 24. Visit pdfa.org and check it out!



First PDF 2.0 Application Note is published

New in PDF 2.0, black point compensation (BPC) is a colour management technique allowing for the alignment of the darkest color in the data’s color space with the darkest colour supported by the display device (screen or print). This Application …



veraPDF is a finalist at the Digital Preservation Awards 2018

The industry-supported PDF/A validator created by an EU project, veraPDF is one of four finalists for the Digital Preservation Award 2018. The awards ceremony will be held on 29 November in Amsterdam, on World Digital Preservation Day.



GWG’s PDF processing steps standard is now published by the ISO

PDF Processing Steps allows packaging and product developers and designers to specify post-print workflow components with a PDF file in a language-independent, vendor-neutral way.

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Preservationist Task Force identifies PDF as a key technology for email archiving

The Future of Email Archives report calls for the development of email archiving specifications leveraging PDF.



DARPA’s SafeDocs initiative

The US Defense Department’s Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is launching a SafeDocs project to develop methods and tools for format validation and conversion to trusted forms.



PDF 2.0 adoption accelerates

On July 23, 2018 alone, three distinct announcements of PDF 2.0 support from Adobe, Agfa and OneVision appeared in your correspondent’s inbox. Together with previous such announcements, it’s clear that the PDF industry is embracing PDF 2.0, and has begun …



Happy 25th birthday, PDF!

The world has changed since 1993. PDF, introduced 25 years ago today, has become the dominant final-form electronic document format on the planet.