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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: Validating the Validators


The “Bavaria report” is a comparative review of PDF/A validators. It assesses the output of 7 PDF/A validation tools for conforming and non-conforming documents in the hope of providing guidelines for users and encouraging vendors of PDF/A validation tools to optimize their products.

“While the Bavaria report reveals shortcomings in the current product generation, we hope to contribute to further improvements and to help vendors of validation tools to enhance the accuracy of their products,” pdflib writes on its website. “This will ultimately increase the acceptance of PDF/A as a reliable standard for long-term document preservation.”


Tags: conformance, validate files, validator
Categories: PDF/A