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November 16, 2018

Mount Fuji

Anticipating the new Japanese era name, the Unicode Consortium announced its reservation of U+32FF for this purpose. PDF developers should take note!


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.


Illustration of a PDF box containing 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 benefits of this feature in a wide range of cases where Associated Files could be beneficial.


PDF Association logo, distorted

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!


Illustration of Black Point Compensation.

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 Note explains BPC in order to promote the feature’s adoption.


DPC trophy

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.


Packaging screenshot showing cut-marks.

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.


Thumbnail of report cover.

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


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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.


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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 to turn its attention to supporting the various new features, enhancements, tweaks and other changes from the previous 1.7 PDF specification.