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Matt Kuznicki

Matt Kuznicki is the Chariman of the PDF Association board of directors and the Chief Technical Officer of Datalogics. Actively involved with PDF solutions and technologies since 2000., he is a recognized expert in technical PDF matters and an active participant in PDF standards committees and forums.
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2022: The last year of paper for records-keeping

NARA (The National Archives and Records Administration) is the final depository for the long-term records generated by all other agencies of the U.S. Federal Government. The agency has a key role in preserving the cultural history of the republic as we …

PDF 2.0 interops help vendors

The PDF 2.0 interop workshops included many vendors with products for creating, editing and processing PDF files. They came together in Boston, Massachusetts for a couple of days to test their own software against 3rd party files.

PDF Days Europe underscores the importance of PDF as a key component of business processes

2017 marks a record number of attendees / Experts shared fully-grounded wisdom on PDF standards across the two-day event Berlin. With over 200 attendees, this year’s PDF Days Europe in Berlin was a significant success with the largest attendance of any …

Slides and video recordings of the PDF Days Europe 2017

About 35 informative sessions across a wide range of topics, including the next-generation PDF project. Within the video frames you can use the red “play” button to get a short impression of the talk or can enjoy the high resolution version by clicking …

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 2.0 examples now available


PDF 2.0In conjunction with the publication of PDF 2.0, the PDF Association is proud to present the first full PDF 2.0 example files available to the public.

Created and donated to the PDF Association by Datalogics, these PDF 2.0 example files were crafted by hand and intentionally made simple in construction, to serve as teaching tools to those who want to learn about PDF file structure and syntax. These examples contain commentary inside that we encourage you to read and use to learn about how PDF files work “under the hood”. Unlike the example PDF syntax in the PDF 2.0 standard, these are fully-formed PDF files and show all of the PDF objects and syntax needed to show the features and concepts demonstrated by these samples.

There are some important concepts and new PDF 2.0 constructs demonstrated in these samples, including:

  • Files where the PDF data does not start at the beginning of the file
  • A PDF 1.7 file that is incrementally updated to a PDF 2.0 file
  • Simple text and vector art placement
  • Simple image and calibrated color space usage

These samples also demonstrating new PDF 2.0 features including:

  • Page-level output intent specification
  • Black point specification in a graphic state dictionary
  • Use of UTF-8 for strings in PDF strings

You may download these examples from the PDF Association public Github repository. These files are licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International (CC BY-SA 4.0) license. What this means is that you may use, modify and redistribute these files free of charge. If you share or redistribute these files, you need to credit the PDF Association. If you modify these samples and then redistribute those derivative works, you must redistribute them under this same license. You may find further details on the Creative Commons webpage for this license.

One thing those who are familiar with PDF will notice is that these PDF 2.0 files look very much like PDF 1.7 files. PDF 2.0 is an evolution in the PDF family, one that maintains backwards compatibility to the strongest degree possible. You might not even notice the PDF 2.0 specific features in these files without looking in the file comments!

Do you have your own PDF 2.0 examples that you’d like to share with the world? We encourage you to provide a Github pull request with your own donation of PDF 2.0 examples. We hope this marks just the start of a comprehensive collection of PDF 2.0 examples!


Tags: sample files
Categories: PDF, PDF 2.0, PDF Association