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PDF Association

Mission Statement: To promote Open Standards-based electronic document implementations using PDF technology through education, expertise and shared experience for stakeholders worldwide.
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The Power of the Page

It’s a question that vexes vendors of web-based solutions everywhere: why do people still insist on PDF files? And why does PDF’s mindshare keep going up? “PDF is such antediluvian technology!” they say. “It’s pre-web, are you kidding me? It’s so old-f …

PDF Association technical resources: an overview

PDF is PDF because files produced with one vendor’s software can be read using a different vendor’s software with no loss of fidelity. Interoperability is key to our industry. The PDF Association is a international membership organization dedicated to …

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 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/A-3 brings new opportunities


The ability to embed any file format into a PDF/A-3 file makes use of PDF’s ‘container’ principle. This feature also has the potential to vastly improve the way we work with documents. For example, source files and their archivable versions can now be integrated into a single file.
Many new potential applications have also come to light in the past year, including e-invoicing and email archiving. It is now possible to combine the visual image of an invoice together with machine-readable data in a single file for exchange between supplier and customer.
This approach is defined by the Forum for Electronic Billing in Germany (FeRD e. V.) in its ZUGFeRD data model. Numerous PDF Association members offer solutions which businesses can use to create ZUGFeRD-compliant invoices. Email archiving is also proving to be an essential application for PDF/A-3. A single file can now contain a PDF/A version of the original email and its attachments, guaranteeing long-term readability, as well as the same attachments in their original format. The result is just one archive-ready object per email, with as many attachments as are required. For a list of all ZUGFeRD-compatible products offered by PDF Association members, please see https://www.pdfa.org/products/?cn=2102.

Michael Karbe, CEO, Actino Software GmbH, summarized the situation: “In the age of increasing demand for reliability, PDF – a standardized, open document format – proves to be a universal solution for email archiving and e-invoicing. Fixed visual reproduction, the ability to embed any other file format, extensive security functions and the use of the container principle to embed metadata and other file formats – these features allow us to design a wide range of user-friendly document processes.”


Tags: ZUGFeRD, eInvoice
Categories: PDF/A (Archivierung)