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 examples now available
The PDF Association is proud to present the first PDF 2.0 example files made available to the public. Created and donated to the PDF Association by Datalogics, this initial set of PDF 2.0 examples were crafted by hand and intentionally made simple in construction to serve as teaching tools for learning PDF file structure and syntax.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 …
Organized by PDF Association Chairman Olaf Drümmer, over 60 PDF developers from more than a dozen countries were in attendance to expand their awareness of and thinking about PDF technology.
Adobe Systems kindly donated their Basel offices to the cause of technical education, allowing a temporary overrun of their otherwise calm workspaces by hordes of developers from across the globe. Adobes staff were more than accommodating, the famous Swiss hospitality was on display and deeply appreciated by those led by Olaf who set up and operated the conference venue and technology.
As the worlds chosen format for electronic paper, PDF is an extraordinarily broad and deep technology, with capabilities that range from high-end printing to fillable forms to meeting the needs of disabled users who require special technology in order to read.
Conference topics were oriented to the needs and interests of developers; the idea was to present in-depth technical information, and to hold technical discussions. All conference sessions were recorded for the benefit of PDF Association members, including original slides and a recording of the presentation as delivered.
According to participants, the two days of intensive technical sessions offered a unique opportunity to expand their knowledge of the Portable Document Format. The Conference opened with a variation on the classic 7 minutes format, a popular favorite. This time we began with 7 minutes with a PDF Standard in which 7 speakers in no more than 7 minutes each covered PDF, PDF/A, PDF/E, PDF/UA, PDF/VT, PDF/X, PRC and XMP!
Following the introduction to PDF Standards the conferences two tracks addressed several major topic areas. On Tuesday PDF/VT, a relatively new document targeted at transactional printing needs, was in the lead role, with three dedicated sessions. Other subjects addressed on the opening day included color, validation (business case, syntax and rendering), scanned PDF and digital signatures.
Various ISO standards committee representatives, including PDF Association Vice Chairman and ISO 32000 Project Co-Leader Duff Johnson were on hand to promote participation in ISO Standards development and AIIM standards committees and to discuss developments in the forthcoming PDF 2.0, ISO 32000-2.
On Tuesday night the participants all gathered for a traditional Swiss cheese fondue just steps away from the conference venue. While we await survey results from the Conference participants, we feel reasonably confidant that everyone enjoyed the experience and came away satisfied!
On Wednesday PDF/UA took the stage. First we heard from a real-world end user, an unusually articulate end user, in fact. René Jaun, who is blind, demonstrated to an attentive audience the real and meaningful difference between merely tagged and well-tagged content. Next up, Duff Johnson introduced developers to some of the file format requirements of PDF/UA. Adobe Systems Matthew Hardy completed the trio of PDF/UA presentations with a brass-tacks technical discussion of the PDF tags mechanism.
Other sessions on Wednesday included deep technical discussions on transparency, PDF/A, PDF/A, Fonts and XMP.
Bill McCoy, of the International Digital Publishing Forum (IDPF), opened and closed the day on Wednesday with a pair of presentations exploring the question of mobile and other devices, and in particular, how PDF stacks up against Ebook. His presentations were entertaining, informative and thought provoking. Association members are encouraged to review the recordings from the PDF Association Intranet at their leisure.
While the main part of the PDF Technical Conference closed at the end of Wednesday, a group of 17 members stayed for the first in-person meeting of the PDF Associations PDF/UA Competence Center. We reviewed the status of PDF/UA and planned a variety of educational technical and promotional activities.
PDF Association members who attended are encouraged to review the recordings of the sessions they missed, and to respond to the PDF Technical Conference Survey to help the PDF Association plan the next successful PDF Technical Conference!