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PDF Days Europe 2020 – April 27-29 in Berlin

PDF Association staff // August 26, 2019

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PDF Days Europe 2020, the PDF industry's premiere event, will take place in Berlin on 27 and 28 April.

All dimensions of PDF

From scanned pages to smart forms 3D models, ISO-standardized PDF technology is indispensable across a vast range of document applications.

To most end users, PDF is simply a reliable, printable page. Informed users know that PDF performs as a critical workflow enabler, a multipurpose content vehicle and a powerful and broadly supported archival file-format.

PDF technology goes far beyond the format: PDF enables digital document solutions on every continent, in every language, in every business sector worldwide.

At PDF Days Europe 2020 we'll be celebrating the diversity of PDF applications and solutions. Expect provocative presentations from leaders in the development of PDF technology. Come to learn what other companies are achieving by leveraging PDF technology!

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All-new features!

For 2020 we're introducing some fresh new options:

  • Lightning breakfast: short and stunning talks while enjoying your breakfast!
  • PDF Unconference: On Tuesday afternoon you create the agenda!
  • MARS CYCLES: our fictional bicycle manufacturer on the solar system's 4th planet comes to life!

The popular post-conference - April 29, 2020 – will offer a range of workshops, to be announced!

Hotel recommendations:

GOLD sponsors of this event


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callas software GmbH

callas software finds simple ways to handle complex PDF challenges. As a technology innovator, callas software develops and markets PDF technology for publishing, print production, document exchange and document archiving….

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The agenda of PDF Days Europe 2020 shows "All Dimensions of PDF"!

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Monday, April 27, 2020
Matt Kuznicki, Thomas Zellmann, PDF Association
Matt Kuznicki (Matt Kuznicki), Thomas Zellmann (PDF Association)

Thomas Zellmann
Will be announced separately

11:15 Coffee break
PDF for users MARS CYCLES - The fictional company
Products and use cases
PDF for developers
How to master document quality
Challenges in modern document processing and how to master them!
Ursina De Nando (PDF Tools AG)

Clouds on MARS
Is your cloud content strategy a ticking time bomb?
Carsten Heiermann (Foxit Corporation)

PDF/A-4, PDF/R-1 and the other new PDF standards
A new dated revision of PDF 2.0 will soon be published and comes with a whole series of related standards.
Rene Rebe (ExactCODE GmbH), Dietrich von Seggern (callas software GmbH)

12:30 Lunch
Robotic Process Automation and PDF
Robo-PDF Apocalypse or Automated PDF Utopia?
Neil Pitman (Aquaforest Limited)

PassportPDF: the New Way to Go PDF, on Earth and Beyond
PassportPDF is a cloud ecosystem offering microservices to simplify Mars Cycles' digital transformation
Elodie Tellier (Orpalis)

Building the Best Tagged PDF for Content Reuse
Tagged PDF for Mainstream Use Cases
Matthew Hardy (Adobe)

How to help AI get the most from legacy archives
OCR reloaded for scanned documents and TIFF files
Thomas Zellmann (Foxit Corporation)

Thomas Zellmann
Secure Documents
Sealing PDFs for the long-term archive
Bernd Wild (intarsys AG)

The Tagged PDF Best Practice Guide: Syntax
Why and how to use this guidelines
Klaas Posselt (Einmanncombo)

15:00 Coffee break
3 ways to achieve PDF accessibility
Which way is the best for you?
Markus Erle (axes4 GmbH)

Preservation of interactive forms for MARS travelers
Consistent HTML interface with support for PDF forms
Jozef Baranec (PDFix)

OpenType Variable and OpenType SVG Fonts in PDF
Short Term Workarounds & Long Term Full Support
Dov Isaacs (Adobe)

How machine learning is revolutionizing PDF accessibility.
How machine learning approaches to high volume document accessibility is eliminating barriers to previously inaccessible and cost prohibitive content.
Adam Spencer (AbleDocs)

My Mars Cycles Magazine
A story about flexible PDF output automation for individualized print products – from the real life
Ingo Röseler (SNAP Innovation)

Support of complex scripts in PDF
Lego game of text composition and text extraction algorithms
Alexey Subach (iText BVBA)

Barrierefreie PDF mit Microsoft Office (in German language)
Neuerungen in Office 2019/365
Dirk Frölich (PC & EDV Support)

A graphical workflow editor for business process modeling
Automated creation of user manuals for Mars Cycles models with all their options. A new graphical workflow editor allows for setting up and testing business processes.
Michael Karbe (Actino Software GmbH), Dietrich von Seggern (callas software GmbH)

Tagged PDF and HTML interoperability
The real world experience with implementing derivation HTML from PDF algorithm and creating Tagged PDFs from HTML-like documents
Ilya Idamkin (Dual Lab sprl), Roman Toda (Normex)

Roman Toda
Evening Event
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Tuesday, April 28, 2020
09:00 Lightning breakfast

Enjoy a delicious breakfast and interesting short sessions! The lightning  breakfast covers 6 diverse subjects in just 8 minutes apiece!


WTPDF: standards development in progress
A specification for reusable PDF
Duff Johnson (PDF Association)

Duff Johnson

A case for the PDF detectives
Cracking curious cases
Michael Demey (iText BVBA)

PDF and Open Source
How far can you get?
Francois Fernandes (Digital Frontiers GmbH & Co. KG)


What’s new with SafeDocs
A brief update on the first ~9 months of DARPA SafeDocs research program.
Peter Wyatt (Peter Wyatt)

Peter Wyatt

Contributing to PDFium
Learn now PSPDFKit builds on and improves world’s most popular PDF library.
Peter Steinberger (PSPDFKit GmbH)

PDF Techniques for WCAG – the better way
Answer of the PDF community to the need of achieving WCAG compliance in pdf
Roman Toda (Normex)

Roman Toda


10:30 Coffee break
PDF for users MARS CYCLES - The fictional company
Products and use cases
PDF for developers
Signing, Sealing and Timestamping of PDF
The right way to compliant and reliably signed documents
Bernd Wild (intarsys AG)

The reason why my MARS ECM needs PDF as the main format
enaio on earth and beyond
Dr. Olaf Holst (Optimal Systems GmbH)

veraPDF model for PDF/UA and WCAG requirements
Open-source implementation of PDF/UA validation and beyond
Boris Doubrov (Dual Lab sprl)

Boris Doubrov
Intelligent Information Management for Digital Enterprises based on 3Dpdf
End-to-end digitalization of 3D product information for Digital Engineering, Manufacturing and Services
Sven Kleiner (em engineering methods AG)

Beyond PDF 2.0
What is the ISO Committee working on next?

12:30 Lunch
13:30 A few minutes with a PDF developer
PDF vendors show off their products and solutions in a race against the clock!
PDF Association Unconference
How to participate in our Unconference
Duff Johnson (PDF Association)

Duff Johnson
14:45 Unconference

Attendees post proposals before the Unconference starts; sessions are chosen by popular vote of the attendees.

15:30 Coffee break
16:00 Unconference (continued)
Member Meeting
Directly after the last session
Thomas Zellmann (PDF Association)

Thomas Zellmann
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Wednesday, April 29, 2020 - Post-Conference
09:30 - 16:30

PDF Future Features Hackathon

What are the “must-have” features for PDF 3.0?

Peter Wyatt
Peter Wyatt (Peter Wyatt)

Language: English

Barrierefreie PDFs direkt aus dem InDesign-Layout erstellen – mit axaio MadeToTag.

Sie wollen barrierefreie PDF-Dokumente mit möglichst wenig Aufwand erstellen? Mit ein wenig Grundlagenwissen können Sie dies aus InDesign und mit axaio MadeToTag erreichen – ohne manuelle Nacharbeit im PDF!

Karina Zander (axaio software GmbH)

Language: German

PDF Accessibility Best Practice

Aktuelle Situation der Gesetze und Richtlinien, Use Cases, Workflows & Werkzeuge, Praxiswissen, Inspiration

Markus Erle (axes4 GmbH)

Language: German

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Visiting the No. 1 PDF event – the PDF Days Europe 2020 – in Berlin? Great!

Here are some hotel recommendations and sightseeing tips near the event location (SI Hotel / Google Maps):


SI Hotel (within the event location), rooms starting from 92.-€ (with cue “PDF Europe 20”)

The Hotel Steglitz International, your host with this bit of Berlin muzzle and a lot of heart. The 4 star hotel offers excellent transportation links and a central location within Berlin and Potsdam: directly highway connection to both airports and the exhibition center “Messe Berlin”, and also fair shuttle busses to the leading international trade fairs.

Special price room reservation:
https://www.cbooking.de/v4/Login.aspx?id=steglitzinternational&allotmentcode=PDF Europe 20&lang=en
Please fill in the “Room allotment code” only, codeword is PDF Europe 20

Novum Hotel Ravenna Berlin, rooms starting from 97,50€
Novum Hotel Ravenna Berlin Steglitz is located in a shopping area of Berlin in close proximity to Berlin Hauptbahnhof, Schaubuehne and Berlin Zoo. A metro station as well as Schloßstraße subway station are not far from the hotel. This property is 10 minutes’ walk to Botanischer Garten Berlin, German Archaeological Institute and Domane Dahlem. Novum Hotel Ravenna Berlin Steglitz is set close to a shopping street and fairgrounds. The hotel rooms are modern, all of them come with Wi-Fi, cable TV, a safe and a telephone. The restaurant serves Italian dishes.

Anna 1908, rooms starting from 82,-€
The villa among the LINDEMANN Hotels® is super conveniently located and yet very quiet in a small side street. Between green residences and Berlin city center is the Schloßstraße, one of the most popular shopping streets of Berlin, only a few feet away. This optimal location and transport connections to all central points in the East and West, as well as to Potsdam will enchant you.


Die Schloßstraße


Schloßstraße is the shopping centre in the borough of Steglitz.

Between Walter-Schreiber Platz and Rathaus Steglitz is a separate, vibrant centre full of restaurants, shops, theatres and cinemas. Here the Das Schloss, Forum Steglitz und Schloss-Straßen Center shopping centres are complemented by the KARSTADT department store, Naturkaufhaus Galleria and Schloßstraße 110. The Globetrotter store, located directly at Schloßstraße U-Bahn station offers outdoor fans, active travellers and amateur sports enthusiasts everything imaginable for outdoor sporting activities. In April 2012, the renovated Steglitz shopping centre “Boulevard Berlin” reopened its doors to the public. With its 76,000 square metres (820,000 sq. ft) shopping space, it’s the second biggest shopping centre in Berlin. Altogether, Schloßstraße offers a total of 200,000 (over 2 million sq. ft) square metres of shopping fun!

Hackesche Höfe


Berlin courtyard at Hackescher Markt.

Since the fall of the Berlin Wall, the Hackesche Höfe have developed into the central contact point for both Berliners and people visiting Berlin. Lavishly restored, these courtyards are located in the historic “Scheunenviertel” or “barn district” in the Spandau suburb of Berlin-Mitte.

Brandenburg Gate


A symbol of unity.

While the only remaining city gate of Berlin formerly used to represent the separation of the city between East and West Berlin, since the Berlin Wall came down in 1989 the Brandenburg Gate has now come to symbolize German unity. In addition, this gate made of sandstone is one of the finest examples of German classicism.



Germany's largest square!

Alexanderplatz is one of the most famous squares in Berlin and certainly the largest. Named after the Russian Czar Alexander I, who visited the capital of Prussia in 1805, “Alex” became a traffic hub when a train station was established there in 1882. The construction of the Central Market Hall (1886) and Tietz department store between 1904 to 1911 transformed Alexanderplatz into one of the main shopping areas of Berlin. It was even made famous in 1929 by Alfred Doblin’s classic novel “Berlin Alexanderplatz.”



From the bridle path to the boulevard.

“Kudamm” is the most popular place for going on a stroll in Berlin. The 3,5 km long boulevard goes all the way from Breitscheidplatz in Charlottenburg, where the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church is located, to the Rathenauplatz in Grunewald, where the villa district of the western part of Berlin begins.


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