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Shawna McAlearney

Shawna McAlearney is the Marketing Specialist for Appligent Document Solutions.
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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: Helpful Links


AIIM: Association for Information and Image Management

APROGED – France

ISO: International Organization for Standardization

  • ISO 19005-1 (You can order a copy of the standard here)

VOI – Verband: Organisations und Informationssysteme e.V.

nestor: Kompetenznetzwerk Langzeitarchivierung

Österreichisches Wissensnetzwerk Digitale

Langzeitarchivierung (Dig:LA)

Kompetenzzentrum Records Management

Articles and Documents

PDF Association Articles

Basic Papers about topics like “PDF/A and Colors”, “PDF/A for Scanned Documents”, “PDF/A Validation” and more.
Overview page

DMS Expo Presentations

We have made the presentations from the PDF/A Forum at the DMS Expo 2007 available for downloading.
Overview Page

White Papers

“PDF/A – The Basics: A new standard for long-term archiving” by PDF Tools AG

Various Articles

  • DPC Technology Watch Series Report 08-02: PDF “Preserving the Data Explosion: Using PDF” by Betsy Fanning, Director of Standards for AIIM.
  • PDF “Recommended Practice – Analysis, Selection, and Implementation of Electronic Document Management Systems (EDMS)”. A Practice Peport, published by AIIM.

Tags: AIIM, APROGED, VOI, nestor
Categories: PDF/A