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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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PDF Days Europe 2018 – schedule of sessions

Fittingly for the tenth anniversary of PDF’ becoming an ISO standard, standardization will play a significant role this year. The focus will be on recent developments, with an eye on the future. The agenda also includes PDF market analyses, next-generation PDF for mobile devices, universally accessible PDF files and the industry-supported veraPDF validator initiative.

Hotel Recommendations and Sightseeing Tips for PDF Days Europe 2018 in Berlin

You will visit the No. 1 PDF event – the PDF Days Europe 2018 in Berlin? Great! Here are some hotel recommendations and sightseeing tips near the event location (SI Hotel).

A double anniversary for PDF Days Europe 2018

Richard Cohn, Principal Scientist at Adobe, one of the two co-authors of the original PDF specification in the era of Acrobat 1.0 gives the keynote on 25 years of PDF during the PDF Europe 2018.

PDFcontainer – a proposal

Introduction PDF technology profiles can be leveraged to provide trusted, predictable containers for record types that often present workflow and preservation challenges, with email and case files (associated files in arbitrary formats) as primary use- …

PDF Day: a breakthrough in Washington DC

Over 260 attendees from 40+ federal and state agencies The latest PDF Day event was held on January 29th at the National Archives Building in Washington DC. With a record-breaking number of attendees, the event was a resounding success. PDF is a broadl …

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)