PDF Association staff

at PDF Association

The PDF Association is the meeting-place of the PDF industry. The staff of the PDF Association are dedicated to delivering the information, services and value the members have come to expect.

Staff members of the PDF Association include:

Duff Johnson (Executive Director)

Thomas Zellmann (Managing Director)

Matthias Wagner (Operations Director)

Alexandra Oettler (Editor)

Nicole Gauger (Editor)



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PDF Association staff

PDF Association

PDF Association logo

The PDF Association is the meeting-place of the PDF industry. The staff of the PDF Association are dedicated to delivering the information, services and value the members have come to expect.

Staff members of the PDF Association include:

Duff Johnson (Executive Director)

Thomas Zellmann (Managing Director)

Matthias Wagner (Operations Director)

Alexandra Oettler (Editor)

Nicole Gauger (Editor)

AUTHOR OF THE FOLLOWING

Announcing PDF Declarations September 5, 2019
PDF Association news

Today the PDF Association publishes a new feature for PDF: a standardized mechanism allowing authors to define and share their own document profiles leveraging PDF technology. ISO-standardized subsets of PDF such as PDF/A, PDF/UA and …



TWAIN Direct with PDF/Raster released September 4, 2019
News

The TWAIN Working Group, a liaison member of the PDF Association, has just announced the release of TWAIN Direct, their next-generation open source image-acquisition technology. As the TWAIN Direct website points out, historically, application developers’ …



Microsoft announces forthcoming major product support for PDF/UA August 26, 2019
News

SQL Server’s Reporting Services will soon support the ISO standard for accessible PDF.



PDF Days Europe 2020 – Save the Date: April 27-29 in Berlin August 26, 2019
Announcement

PDF Days Europe 2020, the PDF industry’s premiere event, will take place in Berlin on 27 and 28 April. All dimensions of PDF From scanned pages to smart forms 3D models, ISO-standardized PDF technology is …



Watch the Electronic Document Conference presentations August 26, 2019
PDF Association news

In June 2019 the PDF Association held its first Electronic Document Conference in Seattle. The presentations were video-recorded and are now posted for the benefit of those who were unable to attend this event in …



veraPDF 1.14 released July 17, 2019
News

The Open Preservation Foundation, a PDF Association liaison member, has announced the 1.14 release of the open source, industry-supported PDF/A validator, part of OPF’s reference toolset. The latest release includes bug fixes, feature requests and performance enhancements, including …



Boeing’s digital transformation journey: interview with Kenny Swope June 4, 2019
Interview

We interviewed Kenny Swope about his keynote session at the Electronic Document Conference in Seattle, and asked him some questions about Boeing’s digital transformation.



Creating accessible PDF documents – a practical manual for everyday use in German language June 4, 2019
Announcement

Accessible PDF documents are getting much more imported these days, not only forced by legal regulations. The PDF Association is actively engaged on developing standards in this area, PDF/UA-1 was this first step, PDF/UA-2 is …



PDF Products and Services 2019 is now available June 1, 2019
Announcement

As part of the 2019 Electronic Document Conference, the PDF Association has published an industry showcase entitled “PDF Products & Services 2019” featuring 23 PDF Association members. 3D PDF Consortium Adobe Antenna House Artifex axaio …



Featuring Member News! May 29, 2019
PDF Association news

We’ve made a significant change to members’ news handling on pdfa.org, and we believe members will appreciate the results! Members’ News posts now appear by default alongside all other posts on the main pdfa.org/news landing …



DocEng 2019 – PDF Association Tutorial May 13, 2019
Announcement

PDF is the most common file format on the Web after HTML, and everyone in the Document Engineering community without exception has to deal with the format in one way or another. Just about everyone …



How to convince your boss to let you attend the Electronic Document Conference April 10, 2019
Article

The sessions at #EDCSEATTLE2019 may be interesting and relevant, but you still have to convince your boss to let you go! A developer (we’ll call him “Sam”) just told us a story about how his …



#EDCSEATTLE2019: Let’s meet the speakers! April 9, 2019
Article Presentation preview

The educational sessions at #EDC2019 will be led by a wide range of experts from a variety of sectors. From accessibility to ZUGFeRD, there’s lots of interest for anyone working in electronic document technologies.



Electronic Document Conference Agenda February 22, 2019
PDF Association news

The Electronic Document Conference is a do-not-miss event for developers,  product managers and technical users creating and leveraging electronic document technology. Learn more! Meet the educational session speakers! Check out the sponsored seminars! Convince your boss …



Why you need to attend the Electronic Document Conference (EDC) February 8, 2019
PDF Association news Article

The PDF Association, the meeting place of the PDF industry, decided to create the Electronic Document Conference for a simple reason. PDF’s relationship with other document-related technologies is expanding. Even in a world that runs …



Talking about electronic documents January 10, 2019
PDF Association news

We’ve done PDF Day events and technical conferences across Europe, in the US, in Australia, and elsewhere. This Electronic Document Conference is the first PDF Association event that’s open to all technologies pertaining to documents. …



Announcing Liaison Working Groups January 8, 2019
PDF Association news

To complement existing Working Groups, the Board of Directors has decided to allow the creation of Liaison Working Groups (LWGs) to promote interaction with third-party standards-development communities. LWGs are created to meet specific objectives, typically …



2019: a new logo December 31, 2018
PDF Association news

2006: The PDF/A Competence Center A new year brings new things, and 2019 is no exception! There are many exciting new developments under-way for the PDF Association, including a new website and new features to …



Get ready for U+32FF November 16, 2018
News

Anticipating the new Japanese era name, the Unicode Consortium announced its reservation of U+32FF for this purpose. PDF developers should take note!



4th annual PDF accessibility survey for AT users November 14, 2018
News

The PDF and the User survey is back for a fourth year. This survey is designed to capture the perceptions of users with disabilities who use adaptive technology (AT) when accessing PDF documents.



PDF 2.0 Application Note: Associated Files October 26, 2018
News

This Application Note provides technical background to the definition of Associated Files in PDF 2.0. It is intended for developers who want to learn about the Associated Files feature in PDF. The document includes generalized …



New search engine, other improvements coming to pdfa.org October 24, 2018
News PDF Association news

The PDF Association has started to overhaul its website, with the first such change being a new search engine, installed on October 24. Visit pdfa.org and check it out!



Participating in the PDF Techniques Accessibility Summit October 10, 2018
Article

The PDF Techniques Accessibility Summit’s objective is to establish a broad-based understanding of how PDF files should be tagged for accessibilty. It’s an opportunity to focus on establishing a common set of examples of accessible …



Members supporting PDF features! September 28, 2018
Article

The typical adoption curve for PDF technologies until approximately 2007 tended to track with that of the original PDF developer. Since then the marketplace has shifted; it’s no longer clear that Adobe drivesPDF feature support …



First PDF 2.0 Application Note is published September 21, 2018
News

New in PDF 2.0, black point compensation (BPC) is a colour management technique allowing for the alignment of the darkest color in the data’s color space with the darkest colour supported by the display device …



Review of DocEng 2018 by callas software September 20, 2018
Member News

Dietrich von Seggern, Managing Director of callas software, took part in this year’s eighteenth ACM Symposium on Document Engineering, DocEng, in Halifax, Canada. Read his personal review!



veraPDF is a finalist at the Digital Preservation Awards 2018 September 11, 2018
News

The industry-supported PDF/A validator created by an EU project, veraPDF is one of four finalists for the Digital Preservation Award 2018. The awards ceremony will be held on 29 November in Amsterdam, on World Digital Preservation …



GWG’s PDF processing steps standard is now published by the ISO August 31, 2018
News

PDF Processing Steps allows packaging and product developers and designers to specify post-print workflow components with a PDF file in a language-independent, vendor-neutral way.



Reader-Plus.com, ActivePDF’s Free PDF View and Editor, Gets Major Update August 30, 2018
Member News

ActivePDF, the leading provider of smart PDF automation technologies and digital transformation solutions, announces the new release and availability of their browser-based, free PDF viewer and editor for all at Reader-Plus.com. With Reader-Plus.com, users simply …



Preservationist Task Force identifies PDF as a key technology for email archiving August 21, 2018
News

The Future of Email Archives report calls for the development of email archiving specifications leveraging PDF.



Modernizing PDF Techniques for Accessibility August 15, 2018
Article

The PDF Techniques Accessibility Summit will identify best-practices in tagging various cases in PDF documents. Questions to be addressed will likely include: the legal ways to tag a nested list, the correct way to caption …



DARPA’s SafeDocs initiative August 14, 2018
News

The US Defense Department’s Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is launching a SafeDocs project to develop methods and tools for format validation and conversion to trusted forms.



PDF 2.0 adoption accelerates July 26, 2018
News

On July 23, 2018 alone, three distinct announcements of PDF 2.0 support from Adobe, Agfa and OneVision appeared in your correspondent’s inbox. Together with previous such announcements, it’s clear that the PDF industry is embracing …



Complex projects become compact files July 4, 2018
Member News

callas software explains in his recent blog, how organizations can map document structures with PDF/A-3.



Slides and video recordings of PDF Days Europe 2018 June 24, 2018
PDF Association news Article

You missed the PDF Days Europe 2018? Never mind! Here you can find the slides and video recordings of all 32 stunning sessions!



Happy 25th birthday, PDF! June 15, 2018
News

The world has changed since 1993. PDF, introduced 25 years ago today, has become the dominant final-form electronic document format on the planet.



A PDF standard that’s literally ahead of its time June 13, 2018
News

The ISO committee for PDF/A committee could see into the future. 5 years into the future, to be exact.



PDF Association expands its board of directors June 7, 2018
PDF Association news

Catherine Andersz of PDFTron Systems, Alaine Behler of iText Software and Peter Wyatt, ISO Project Leader for ISO 32000 enrich the newly elected board of the PDF Association.



Download: “PDF Products & Services 2018” May 29, 2018
News PDF Association news

“PDF Products & Services 2018” is now available for download! This volume showcases PDF Association members highlighting the diversity of their offerings.



PDF Days Europe 2018 concludes with record number of attendees May 29, 2018
PDF Association news Article

Richard Cohn, Principal Scientist at Adobe and the co-author of PDF 1.0, gave the opening keynote at the PDF Days Europe 2018.



Interview with René Treuber, Product Manager of axaio software, about PDF Days Europe 2018 May 7, 2018
Interview

René Treuber, Product Manager of axaio software, will be hosting a presentation titled “Introducing ISO standards for PDF “processing steps” and “print product metadata”” at the PDF Days Europe 2018. In this Interview he gives …



Interview with Roman Toda, CTO of Normex, about PDF Days Europe 2018 May 2, 2018
Interview

Roman Toda, CTO of Normex, will be hosting a presentation titled “Encryption with PDF 2.0” at the PDF Days Europe 2018. In this interview he gives some background information about it.



PANEL “Five visions of a PDF future” at the PDF Days Europe 2018 April 26, 2018
Presentation preview

Catherine Andersz (PDFTron), Richard Cohn (Adobe), Harald Grumser (Compart), Carsten Heiermann (Foxit) and Duff Johnson (PDF Association) present their ideas for the next 25 years of PDF.



Interview with Dietrich von Seggern, CEO of callas software, about PDF Days Europe 2018 April 24, 2018
Interview

Dietrich von Seggern, CEO of callas software, will be hosting a presentation titled “Text and fonts in PDF” at the PDF Days Europe 2018. In this Interview he gives some background information about it.



Interview with Ulrich Isermeyer, Sr. Business Development Manager, Adobe Systems GmbH, about PDF Days Europe 2018 April 19, 2018
Interview

Ulrich Isermeyer, Sr. Business Development Manager, Adobe Systems GmbH, will be hosting a presentation titled “The power of 3D PDF” at the PDF Days Europe 2018. In this Interview he gives some background information about …



Six Questions to Duff Johnson, Executive Director at PDF Association April 16, 2018
Interview

Our Executive Director Duff Johnson gives some personally information about his experience with the “PDF universe” and much more.



Interview with Kevin Willems, Software Engineer at iText Software, about PDF Days Europe 2018 April 12, 2018
Interview

Kevin Willems, Software Engineer at iText Software, will be hosting a presentation titled “Redaction in electronic documents” at the PDF Days Europe 2018. In this interview Kevin gives some background information about it.



Interview with Vel Genov, Senior Product Manager at Datalogics, about PDF Days Europe 2018 April 11, 2018
Interview

Vel Genov, Senior Product Manager at Datalogics, will be hosting a presentation titled “Common PDF Interoperability Concerns” at the PDF Days Europe 2018. In this interview Vel gives some background information about it.



Interview with Matt Kuznicki, CPO of Datalogics, about PDF Days Europe 2018 April 10, 2018
Interview

Matt Kuznicki, CPO of Datalogics, will be hosting a presentation titled “PDF 2.0 Updates to Rendering and Color Processing” at the PDF Days Europe 2018. In this interview Matt gives some background information about it.



Interview with Joris Schellekens, software developer at iText, about PDF Days Europe 2018 April 5, 2018
Interview

Joris Schellekens, software developer at iText, will be hosting a presentation titled “Blockchain and Distributed Ledger Technology for documents” at the PDF Days Europe 2018. In this interview Joris gives some background information about it.



Interview with Neil Pitman, Managing Director of Aquaforest, about PDF Days Europe 2018 April 4, 2018
Interview

Neil Pitman, Managing Director of Aquaforest, gives some information about his presentation “GDPR and PDF – Are You Ready?” at the PDF Days Europe 2018.



Five reasons members’ marketing executives should participate in PDF Days Europe April 3, 2018
Article

Here are five reasons why industry professionals in marketing, business development and sales should attend at PDF Days Europe 2018.



PDF 2.0 Interop Workshops: Request, Test and Assess April 2, 2018
Article

To maximize both the opportunities and the benefits of testing, the third PDF 2.0 interop workshop makes it possible for developers of PDF consumer products to ask for and discuss test cases addressing specific PDF …



PDF most popular target for conversion April 1, 2018
News

Google users wondering how to convert… usually want to convert to PDF.



Interview with Richard Cohn, Principal Scientist at Adobe and co-author of the first PDF specification, about PDF Days Europe 2018 March 28, 2018
Interview

This year’s PDF Days Europe will mark a double anniversary: 25 years of PDF and ten years of the format’s status as an ISO standard. The keynote speech reflecting on PDF’s history will be given …



Interview with Dietrich von Seggern, CEO of callas software, about PDF Days Europe 2018 March 27, 2018
Interview

Dietrich von Seggern, CEO of callas software, gives some information about his presentation “PDF’s ISO-standardized subsets: a tour” at the PDF Days Europe 2018.



Interview with Joris Schellekens, software developer at iText, about PDF Days Europe 2018 March 22, 2018
Interview

At the PDF Europe 2018 Joris Schelekens from iText will be hosting a presentation titled “Structure Recognition for Information Retrieval and Layout” – what’s that about?”. In this interview he gives some background information about …



PDF standards are not mutually exclusive March 15, 2018
News

PDF ISO standards fulfill certain requirements and is preferred in different sectors accordingly but they are not mutually exclusive



Five reasons developers should participate in PDF Days Europe March 13, 2018
Article

PDF Days Europe, the annual PDF technology education event, will take place from 14 to 16 May 2018 in Berlin at the Hotel Steglitz International. Of the many good reasons for developers to participate, here …



Motherboard: “PDF is secretly the world’s most important file format” March 7, 2018
News

Motherboard, which “…travels the world to uncover the tech and science stories that define what’s coming next for this quickly-evolving planet of ours.” has noticed that PDF is everywhere… and may be the world’s “most …



5 reasons why those implementing electronic document technologies should attend PDF Days Europe March 6, 2018
Article

PDF Days Europe, the annual PDF technology education event, will take place from 14 to 16 May 2018 in Berlin at the Hotel Steglitz International. Of the many good reasons for users to participate, here …



Corruption in PDF: Federal Crimes Edition February 23, 2018
News

Slate magazine reports today that Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller’s recent indictment of Paul J. Manafort and Richard W. Gates reveals that at least part of Manafort’s serious problem stems from his lack of basic …



2018 PDF 2.0 Interop Workshop February 23, 2018
Article

Following the success of our previous interop workshops in Cambridge, England and Boston, Massachusetts, the 3rd PDF 2.0 Interop Workshop takes place on May 16, 2018 as part of the post-conference program immediately following this …



The 2018 PDF/A Adoption Survey February 22, 2018
News For members

The PDF Asso­ci­a­tion is sur­veying its mem­bers (link requires a login to the members only intranet) on the cur­rent and prospec­tive state of the mar­ket­place for PDF/A solutions. The sur­vey con­sists of 10 multiple-choice ques­tions requir­ing …



Post-Conference of PDF Days Europe 2018 in Berlin February 20, 2018
PDF Association news

On Wednesday, May 16, 2018, directly following PDF Days Europe, the PDF Days Post-Conference offers a variety of workshops on PDF 2.0 Interop or PDF/UA.



PDF Days Europe 2018 – schedule of sessions February 15, 2018
PDF Association news Article

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 …



Hotel Recommendations and Sightseeing Tips for PDF Days Europe 2018 in Berlin February 9, 2018
PDF Association news

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 February 7, 2018
Article

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.



PDF Day: a breakthrough in Washington DC February 2, 2018
PDF Association news

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 …



Upcoming PDF Day DC proves popular! January 23, 2018
PDF Association news Article

The PDF Association returns to Washington DC next Monday, January 29, 2018 for PDF Day DC, a single day packed with 18 sessions in six interest-areas; Accessible PDF, Archiving with PDF, PDF in Engineering, Output, …



What is a “Competence Center”? January 5, 2018

The PDF Association started in 2006 as the “PDF/A Competence Center”. The mission was to identify – and thereby establish – a common interpretation of the PDF/A-1 specification. With that accomplished through meetings open to …



The PDF Association and the Library of Congress December 13, 2017
News PDF Association news

Earlier in 2017 both the US Library of Congress and NARA joined the PDF Association as Liaison members, an option available to non-profit and governmental organizations interested in contributing to the development and best-practice of PDF technology. As …



ActivePDF Announces Major Release of DocGenius™ Toolkit and Toolkit Expansion Pack December 8, 2017
Member News

ActivePDF, a global leader in award-winning PDF automation software, recently announced a major enhancement release of the company’s flagship product Toolkit and the addition of Toolkit Expansion Pack.



ISO 32000 Project Leaders receive ISO Excellence award November 30, 2017
News PDF Association news

PDF 1.7, the final Adobe edition of the PDF specification, was published in 2006, and converted to an ISO standard in 2008. Since then, Working Group 8 of ISO TC 171 SC 2 has worked …



veraPDF 1.10 released November 30, 2017
News

The latest release of veraPDF, the industry-supported, open source PDF/A validator, is now available for download. Version 1.10 is the first release of veraPDF as part of the Open Preservation Foundation’s reference toolset. This release …



Save the Date: PDF Days Europe 2018, May 14-16, in Berlin November 28, 2017
PDF Association news

PDF Days Europe is the most popular PDF event of the year. It’s where the PDF industry meets, and where institutional and corporate users come to learn what else PDF could do for them. The …



GPII lists PDF viewers with “readability” features November 22, 2017
News

The Global Public Inclusive Infrastructure (GPII) is a new initiative to promote awareness and development of technologies that contribute to broad-based accessibility in electronic content. This organization has recently posted a matrix of PDF viewers …



Adobe steps up on standards adoption November 14, 2017
News

The November 2017 updates for Acrobat DC, now available from Adobe, include some significant news for those who pay attention to ISO standards-adoption. This release, 18.xx for those on the “Continuous” track, includes the following, …



PDF/A online verification service November 10, 2017
Member News

Our API can easily verify a PDF against a number of profiles, including all the current variations of PDF/A and PDF/UA.



PDF Association technical resources: an overview November 1, 2017
PDF Association news Article

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 …



The end of paper, the leveraging of PDF October 27, 2017
News

Writing in Government Computing News, PDF Executive Director Duff Johnson highlights NARA’s recently-published draft strategic plan and its stated objective of eliminating paper as a medium for records by the end of 2022. He points …



2022: The last year of paper for records-keeping October 12, 2017
Article

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 …



PDF Day Washington DC: Registration is now open! October 6, 2017
News PDF Association news

This PDF Association’s end-user educational event is intended for the managers, executives and professionals developing institutional strategies for managing electronic documents. The proper and best use of electronic documents is an increasingly important subject, especially …



National Archives tilts towards a paperless (and PDF) future October 3, 2017
News

For NARA and (in principle) for all US Federal agencies, paper is officially going obsolete (for records-keeping) in 2022.



National Archives and Library of Congress Join the PDF Association; National Archives to host PDF Day in 2018 September 27, 2017
News

Federal agencies will advocate for cultural heritage communities in a vendor-neutral environment Berlin, Germany. The National Archives and the Library of Congress have announced that they have joined the PDF Association as Partner Organizations of the …



TWAIN Working Group and PDF Association Announce PDF/raster: The Next-Generation Format for Imaging August 30, 2017
News

PDF/raster, a strict subset of the PDF format, was designed for storing, transporting and exchanging multi-page raster-image documents, especially scanned documents. PDF/raster provides the portability of PDF while offering the core functionality and support of …



Synchronizing Documents with PSPDFKit Instant August 23, 2017
Member News

Nowadays people work from multiple devices expecting their data to be available everywhere. Teams need to be able to collaborate no matter where their members are located and what devices they are using. App developers …



PSPDFKit for Web 2017.5 August 23, 2017
Member News

With the release of PSPDFKit for Web 2017.5, we are introducing an all new standalone mode. Previously, PSPDFKit for Web only supported server-backed deployments. As of today, you now have the option of deploying PSPDFKit …



veraPDF 1.8 ships August 9, 2017
News

The latest release of veraPDF, the industry-supported PDF/A validator, is now available for download.



ISO 32000, the PDF specification, updated to version 2.0 August 3, 2017
News

The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) has announced the publication of ISO 32000-2 (PDF 2.0), the latest version of the PDF specification.



3D PDF Consortium now ANSI’s US TAG Administrator for ISO Standards for PDF technology July 27, 2017
News

Replacing AIIM at the US TAG Administrator and secretary for ISO TC 171 SC 2, the 3D PDF Consortium, a PDF Association Partner Organization, recently announced that the organization has been approved by the American …



PDF: the de facto document technology July 26, 2017
Article

The Portable Document Format (commonly known as “PDF”) is a file format developed in the early 1990s as a way to share computer documents, including text formatting and inline images.



PDF Association publishes Technical Note 0010: Clarifications of ISO 19005, parts 1-3 for developers of PDF/A creators and validators July 15, 2017
News

The PDF Association, a not-for-profit organization designed to foster universal public standards for PDF technology, today announced the publication of Technical Note 0010, a set of 29 exhaustively researched and peer-reviewed resolutions to a variety …



How to create PDF/UA documents with the BFO PDF Library June 23, 2017
Member News

Creation of PDF/UA and PDF/A-3a documents.



PDF Days Europe underscores the importance of PDF as a key component of business processes June 13, 2017
Article

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 …



veraPDF 1.6 released June 6, 2017
News

Version 1.6 features the ability to check for updated software, among other enhancements and corrections.



Australia adopts ISO standards for PDF June 5, 2017
News

Australia adopts the complete set of PDF standards as Australian National Standards.



Slides and video recordings of PDF Days Europe 2017 May 28, 2017
Article

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 …



PDF Days Europe 2017 hits the target! May 19, 2017
PDF Association news

With more than 200 participants, this year’s PDF Days Europe was the largest to-date. Early feedback from attendees makes clear that it was also a great success.



Final agenda of the PDF Europe 2017 available as download May 8, 2017
Announcement PDF Association news

More than 150 attendees have registered for the PDF Days Europe 2017 so far!



MadeToTag-Update immediately available April 18, 2017
Member News

We would like to inform you that an update version of MadeToTag is immediately available. The main enhancements of version 1.8.083 are the integration of a new pdfEngine, which delivers a list of optimizations and …



Xploration 2017: Brian Platte Lifetime Achievement Award Presented to Compart April 6, 2017
Member News

The innovation that the company was built upon gives users the ability to convert any kind of print format to any other kind of print format.



Interop workshops: building a test matrix March 3, 2017
Article

How will the PDF 2.0 interop workshops work? This article explains the process of building the test-matrix to establish possibilities for pair-wise testing.



PDF Days Europe agenda looks to the future March 2, 2017
Article

With over 35 informative sessions across a wide range of topics spanning the future of PDF technology, this year’s PDF Days is more relevant than ever.



SHA-1 breaks but PDF 2.0 deprecates it February 27, 2017
News

It is now proven that the contents of a PDF hashed with SHA-1 can be changed without invalidating the signature, with significant consequences for older software implementations.



PDF Days Europe 2017 – Secure your ticket now! February 19, 2017
PDF Association news

With over 35 informative sessions across a wide range of topics, including next-generation PDF, this year’s PDF Days event is especially relevant as we look forward into the future of PDF technology.



Hotel Recommendations and Sightseeing Tips for PDF Days Europe 2017 in Berlin! February 19, 2017
Article

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



Post-Conference of PDF Days Europe 2017 February 19, 2017
PDF Association news

On Wednesday, May 17, 2017, directly following PDF Days Europe, the PDF Days Post-Conference offers a variety of various workshops on next-generation PDF, PDF/UA and the Foxit User Group event.



PDF Days Europe 2017 – schedule of sessions February 14, 2017
PDF Association news

With over 35 informative sessions across a wide range of topics, including the next-generation PDF project, this year’s PDF Days event is especially relevant as we look forward into the future of PDF technology.



Save the Date: PDF Days Europe on 15-16 May 2017 January 23, 2017
PDF Association news

Berlin, 23 January 2017. After seeing a record number of attendees last year, the 2017 PDF Days will again be held in Berlin. The PDF Association invites interested parties to the Hotel Steglitz International for …



veraPDF 1.0 ships, acceptance testing begins January 10, 2017
News

The veraPDF consortium has released version 1.0 release of its veraPDF software for validating all parts and conformance levels of ISO 19005 (PDF/A). This release is required by PREFORMA in order to initiate Phase 3 …



This PDF – what is it for? A story from PDF’s early days November 14, 2016
Interview

Postscript took off like a rocket, but PDF took its time. Many people wondered “What’s it for?” In this video, Professor Brailsford recounts his 1996 experience with one such person – a US immigration officer…



PDF and the User Experience Survey conducted by Karlen Communications November 1, 2016
News

This survey was designed for people with disabilities using adaptive technology. Every attempt has been made to ensure that the survey is accessible. It has been tested by people who use adaptive technology. There is …



PDF Association forms PDF/E Competence Center to support engineering and 3D applications September 27, 2016
News

PDF/E Competence Center promote awareness of the ISO standard for engineering supporting the secure creation, exchange and use of engineering documents.



PDF Day Australia – Agenda September 9, 2016
News

This educational event is designed to help CIOs, document management experts and electronic content policy-makers come to grips with ISO-standardized PDF technology. With special focus on archiving and accessibility, PDF Day Australia is a unique …



Save the Date – PDF Days Europe 2017, May 15-16 September 6, 2016
News

The successful PDF Days Europe will be held in Berlin again. Across two days, you’ll be able to choose from German- and English- language presentations, user reports and workshops in order to assemble your own …



Slide decks and video recordings of the PDF Days Europe 2016 August 14, 2016
Article

You missed the PDF Days Europe 2016? Never mind!



Interview with Nikos Andronikos, chair of the SVG WG August 9, 2016
Article

My interview with Nikos Andronikos, who chairs the W3C’s SVG Working Group (WG), about SVG and PDF.



Helping government understand PDF July 11, 2016
Article

Governments have a special interest in PDF. The PDF Association helps them understand and address PDF technology in policies and regulations.



PDF Days Europe sees record number of attendees June 30, 2016
Article

This year, PDF Days Europe is well-established as the world’s top PDF event. Over 150 attendees came to Berlin for the two-day conference – more than ever before.



Introducing the New Chairman June 27, 2016
Article

I’m honored to have been elected as chairman of the PDF Association’s board of directors in June 2016. Here, I’d like to introduce myself and discuss my philosophy on how the PDF Association can best …



First video recordings of the PDF Days Europe 2016 June 19, 2016
Article

About 150 attendees from all over the world visited the PDF Days Europe 2016 in Berlin.



What does “support PDF” really mean? June 17, 2016
Article

Browsers are taking over document viewing. Even so, minimum support for PDF viewing should mean full support for PDF rendering



Live streaming of PDF Days Europe 2016 June 11, 2016
Article

For those unable to come to Berlin to attend the «PDF Days Europe 2016», several sessions of the event will be streamed live over the PDF Association Channel on YouTube. Simply click on the respective …



PDF 2.0 is feature-complete. What comes next? June 7, 2016
Article

PDF 2.0 is nearly finished. Now is an excellent time to help the ISO committee understand your ideas for the future of PDF.



The case for PDF forms May 30, 2016
Article

Many organizations use PDF merely to offload printing to end-users. They miss out, because not only does PDF offer a potent platform for forms workflows, PDF includes unique capabilities that aren’t available in HTML.



PDF in the Mobile World May 23, 2016
Article

The variety in screen sizes and shapes is a challenge for web technology in general, and for PDF in particular. Even so, many PDF vendors are delivering technology for the n-screen world.



PDF or EPUB? May 12, 2016
Article

PDF and EPUB meet different needs in different ways. Neither can replace the other.



Duff Johnson receives AIIM Standards Award May 12, 2016
Article

The Association for Information and Image Management (AIIM) has awarded its Thomas Bagg Standards Award to Duff Johnson.



Interview with Matt Kuznicki about PDF Days Europe 2016 April 21, 2016
Article

Matt Kuznicki, Chief Technical Officer at Datalogics, tells us about his plans for the PDF Days Europe 2016 conference in Berlin.



Interview with Bruno Lowagie about PDF Days Europe 2016 April 18, 2016
Article

iText creator Bruno Lowagie tells us about his plans for the PDF Days Europe 2016 conference in Berlin.



What ECM professionals must know about PDF April 15, 2016
Article

For ECM professionals, PDF deserves your attention to maximize utility… and minimize risk.



PDF Days Europe 2016 in Berlin: The central station for documents and PDF people April 6, 2016
Article

As in previous years, the PDF Days Europe will act as a link between users and developers.



The PDF technology event of the year April 5, 2016
Article

The scale of this year’s PDF Days Europe event allows us to focus on several distinct areas of interest.



PDF/UA becomes an American national standard March 29, 2016
Article

The ISO standard for accessible PDF files costs 88 Swiss Francs. As of March 25 it’s also available from AIIM for $15 USD.



5 reasons to attend PDF Days this June March 18, 2016
Article

June is the best time of the year to visit Berlin. The air is sweet, the trees are in bloom and the currywurst is hot! On June 14-15, Berlin is also the center of the …



PDF Days Europe 2016 – Secure your ticket now! March 11, 2016
Article

This year, the successful PDF Days Europe will be held in Berlin. Across two days, you’ll be able to choose from nearly 50 German- and English- language presentations, user reports and workshops in order to …



PDF Days Europe 2016 Agenda March 11, 2016
Article

This year, the established and popular PDF Days Europe will be held on June 14 and 15, 2016, in the world-class cultural city of Berlin. To kick off proceedings, the PDF Days Pre-Conference will be …



Welcome to the PDF/E Competence Center! February 24, 2016
Article

The new Chairman of the PDF/E Competence Center discusses the origin of the new organization in support of engineering applications for PDF technology.



Meet Peter Wyatt, your new ISO 32000 Project Leader January 22, 2016
Article

An R&D engineer at heart and an active PDF software developer, Peter brings new energy to the Project Leader role.



Announcing the Structure Elements Best Practice Guide 0.1.1 December 23, 2015
Article

Download the first public draft of the PDF Structure Elements Best Practice Guide today!



PDF in 2016: Broader, deeper, richer December 17, 2015
Article

The coming year means more PDF files, more PDF creators supporting PDF/UA and leveraging PDF/A-3. The space continues to grow, and it’s going to grow even faster with PDF 2.0.



Video recordings from the PDF Technical Conference 2015 December 15, 2015
Article

These videos total over 20 hours of high-quality technical education and perspective, from panel sessions to technical deep-dives.



Save the Date – PDF Days Europe 2016 in Berlin December 9, 2015
Article

The popular PDF Days Europe will be even more attractive. It’s not just the new location in the metropolis of Berlin, it’s also owing to the enhanced event concept.



Members’ information on pdfa.org December 4, 2015
Article

Use our new express form to publish your posts on pdfa.org.



TWAIN Working Group and PDF Association Announce Partnership October 20, 2015
Article

The TWAIN Working Group (TWG) announced its partnership with the PDF Association.



Interview with Duff Johnson on the relationship between PDF/UA and WCAG 2 October 9, 2015
Article

With a month remaining before the doors open for the PDF Accessibility Days in Copenhagen on November 12-13, 2015 , I got in touch with Duff Johnson, who will speak at the conference about “How …



Interview with Ted Page on using accessible PDF for school exams October 7, 2015
Article

A few weeks ahead of the PDF Accessibility Days 2015 in Copenhagen, Olaf Drümmer interviewed Ted Page, who will be speaking at the conference, about accessible PDF and school exams.



What’s unique about PDF? October 6, 2015
Article

Taken together, PDF’s features describe a format of such flexibility and power that it will define the essential “electronic document” concept forever.



3 reasons web developers are attending the PDF Technical Conference 2015 September 25, 2015
Article

Most browsers now support some basic PDF features natively. What’s next for PDF on the web?



PDF is a Platform September 14, 2015
Article

Platform technologies provide the infrastructure for the applications end users actually use, whether some kind of cloud or simply leveraging something as prosaic as… PDF.



PDF Technical Conference 2015 at Adobe headquarters to offer 360° view of ISO PDF standards August 19, 2015
Article

PDF Technical Conference 2015: With over 40 presentations and podium discussions, conference attendees will benefit from intensive technical education on a wide range of high-profile subjects, including mobile and cloud applications



3 ways developers can impress the boss with PDF July 31, 2015
Article

This article highlights three areas in which PDF can help developers offer powerful new options to their product and project managers.



Overview of the video recordings of the PDF Days Europe 2015 July 22, 2015
Article

You missed the PDF Days Europe 2015? Never mind! Overview of the video recordings of the PDF Days Europe 2015



What is Google parsing? July 13, 2015
Article

How search engine and other application developers can enhance their PDF-related functionality by fully supporting ISO 32000, the ISO specification for PDF.



What will PDF 2.0 bring? June 24, 2015
Article

A brief introduction to PDF 2.0, the first major revision of the PDF specification since 2006.



PDF Technical Conference 2015: Program June 22, 2015
Article

The PDF Technical Conference 2015 is a unique opportunity to learn about the diverse capabilities and ecosystem of the ISO standardized Portable Document Format.



PDF/A FAQ June 20, 2015
Article

What is PDF/A? What does PDF/A offer, and how can I access that value? Answers to these and other questions are provided.



PDF Days Europe 2015 established as Europe’s leading PDF standards event June 19, 2015
Article

2015’s PDF Days Europe in Cologne has proved a complete success for another year running



PDF is an (invisible) 800 pound gorilla in the room May 12, 2015
Article

The Document Strategy Forum 2015 is all about electronic documents, but not so much about PDF.



Infographics: PDF/UA and WCAG 2.0 April 10, 2015
Article

A set of Venn diagrams explaining the relationship between WCAG 2.0, PDF/UA and the recent Section 508 refresh NPRM.



PDF Days Europe 2015 – Information and inspiration for users April 9, 2015
Article

Following a successful premiere in 2014, the second edition of PDF Days Europe is about to start. On the 8th and 9th of June 2015, participants will get to know a range of solutions and …



PDF Days Europe 2015 – Special Topics March 26, 2015
Article

Can’t get enough of PDF? – Stay in Cologne!



Regulatory factors pushing ECM from TIFF to PDF March 23, 2015
Article

A biplane is less complex than an airliner, but that’s not a good reason to travel by Sopwith Camel! So it is with TIFF and PDF.



PDF Days Europe 2015: Agenda March 12, 2015
Article

Building on the previous success of last year’s event, PDF Days Europe 2015 will begin with “Educational Day”. Assemble your own personalised information pack- age out of a range of PDF-related subjects. Come to Cologne …



PDF Day videos from December 2014 are now available! March 6, 2015
Article

Videos from the December, 2014 PDF Day events in Washington DC and New York City.



3 ways to improve document productivity March 2, 2015
Article

Nitro partnered with the PDF Association to conduct a survey of 1,200+ knowledge workers to learn more about the ways they use documents.



PDF/A-3 brings new opportunities January 23, 2015
Article

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 …



Email archiving with PDF/A January 14, 2015
Article

The main challenge when archiving emails is the absolute menagerie of different file formats a business has to deal with.



The carthorse method of automating transaction processing January 12, 2015
Article

PDF files have long proven popular for invoices and other documents transacted during routine business. ZUGFeRD has the potential to take invoicing beyond the printed page and into an future.



PDF/UA – The technological key to the future of customer communication January 7, 2015
Article

Industries which exchange large volumes of documents with their customers – financial services, insurance, energy and others – are currently making extensive changes to their communications processes.



Who will be first to support reading tagged PDF on mobile devices? January 6, 2015
Article

Although PDF technology has enormous potential in mobile devices, tagged PDF is still ignored by screen readers on every mobile platform.



Ensuring long-term access: PDF validation with JHOVE? December 17, 2014
Article

Naturally, many memory institutions use JHOVE’s PDF module on a daily basis for digital long term archiving. Learn about the extent to which JHOVE’s PDF validation tools can be used for risk management and quality …



LEADTOOLS Version 19 Released – New Document Viewer and Converter Framework, Plus Major Updates to Document, Medical, Imaging and Multimedia Engines December 12, 2014
Member News

LEAD Technologies is pleased to announce the release of LEADTOOLS Version 19. Headlining this release are the new Document Viewer and Document Converter frameworks for .NET and HTML5/JavaScript. Combined with significant updates and additions throughout …



PDF Day: The ROI December 3, 2014
Article

How can you benefit from PDF Day? Join IT managers and executives in Washington DC on December 10 and 11 to learn all about how PDF can reduce costs and improve business processes across the …



The unsung hero in the “paper wars” November 10, 2014
Article

PDF is the big gun in the war on paper. It’s time the ECM industry gave up its TIFF based model for electronic documents and embraced the Portable Document Format.



CIOs and thought leaders to meet in New York City and Washington DC for PDF Day November 7, 2014
Article

With the PDF Days, taking place in the USA for the first time, the PDF Association is offering IT executives and managers an outstanding opportunity to gain an understanding of the capabilities and true power …



PDF in legal: now and the future November 5, 2014
Article

As a fixed-format electronic record PDF has no real competition, but few law-firms systematically leverage PDF to reduce risks and help everyone work as a team.



PDF in financial services: now and the future November 3, 2014
Article

Although they are utterly reliant on PDF, modern financial services institutions still leverage only the most rudimentary fraction of PDF’s capabilities.



Both symbol and substance of interoperability October 31, 2014
Article

Mere publication of a specification doesn’t make a standard: it takes a community. Of course, it also helps if the customers like the product, and use it more and more.



PDF: A lifeblood technology of government October 28, 2014
Article

Government requirements for electronic documents include considerations most businesses don’t need to address. From long-term archivability to accessibility, authenticity, redaction and more, government organizations think about documents a little differently.



PDF/A-3 vs. PDF October 24, 2014
Article

At PDF Day in Washington DC and New York City, CIOs will get the information they need about PDF/A-3, the powerful subset of PDF with the potential to shorten payment cycles, reduce administrative costs and …



CIOs and thought leaders to meet in New York City and Washington DC for PDF Day October 15, 2014
Article

PDF Day brings CIOs together to learn how PDF support for digital signatures, automated invoicing, online collaboration and accessibility take the format far beyond a faithful rendition of a printable page. PDF is familiar, but …



Why CIOs should care about PDF/A October 10, 2014
Article

Fundamentally, PDF/A is all about reducing risks. Learn more about the archival subset of the world’s chosen electronic document format at PDF Day in Washington DC and New York City.



PDF Day program for December 11 in New York City October 1, 2014
Article

PDF Day in New York is 18 fast-paced educational sessions packed with non-commercial information for IT executives on a range of PDF technology related topics.



PDF Day program for December 10 in Washington DC October 1, 2014
Article

PDF Day in Washington DC is 18 fast-paced educational sessions packed with non-commercial information for IT executives on a range of PDF technology related topics.



PDF/UA-1 Technical Implementation Guide for ISO 32000 now published July 29, 2014
Article

The US Committee for PDF/UA has published its second Technical Implementation Guide. This document focuses on ISO 32000-1.



PDF Days Europe 2014 – New user event shows real form July 4, 2014
Article

Berlin/Cologne, 04 July 2014. The PDF Association has successfully brought to life a new user-focused event in the form of the “PDF Days Europe 2014”. In mid-June, 160 participants came to Cologne to seize the …



PDF Association board significantly expanded July 4, 2014
Article

Berlin, 04 July 2014. PDF Association has significantly expanded its board of directors. The now ten-member-strong committee is composed of representatives from leading forces within the PDF industry, five from Europe and five from North …



Matterhorn Protocol 1.02 now available! June 11, 2014
Article

The Matterhorn Protocol 1.02 is now available as a free download!



PDF Association Newsletter: Issue 33 April 17, 2014
Article

Evolving Document-Centric Processes with Advanced Rendering to PDF in Life Science · Meeting Document Requirements in Life Sciences: The Art of Avoiding the Resubmit · About PDF Association Member Adlib · New members: WinHouse Software, WingArc …



Matterhorn Protocol 1.01 now available April 4, 2014
Article

The 1.01 update to the Matterhorn Protocol is now available for free download.



Premiere for PDF Days Europe March 27, 2014
Article

Since its beginnings in 1993, PDF technology has become a gigantic ecosystem with thousands of different providers. Originally a proprietary file format, today PDF is a critical part of global IT infrastructure used in almost …



New White Paper: Implementing a Standardized PDF/A Document Storage System with LEADTOOLS March 17, 2014
Article

This month LEAD’s white paper is an extremely practical one. In fact, we even had a few conversations with customers at last week’s HIMSS conference about this very subject. Document archival has been around for quite a …



PDF Days Europe 2014: Agenda March 5, 2014
Article

«PDF Days in Europe 2014» will start with the Educational Day – three tracks of presentations on a wide range of PDF topics, including introductory sessions for end-users and technical updates for developers and integrators. The Solutions Day will …



LinkedIn Groups discussing PDF technology February 28, 2014
PDF Association news

The PDF Association manages LinkedIn groups for PDF, PDF/A, PDF/UA, PDF/E, PDF/X and PDF/VT.



New US Federal Government Transfer Guidance Released February 21, 2014
Article

The US National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), the agency responsible for long-term federal government records, has published NARA Bulletin 2014-004, their Transfer Guidance for federal agencies.



Software Supporting PDF/UA January 18, 2014
Article

Longtime chairman of the US Committee for PDF/UA, Duff Johnson maintains a page listing software providing PDF/UA functionality as well as an updated history of PDF/UA.



Climbing the Matterhorn: An introduction to the definitive algorithm for PDF/UA conformance January 15, 2014
Article

Accessibility isn’t easy. For implementers and product managers alike who are responsible for supporting accessibility in PDF, this article describes how the Matterhorn Protocol can help speed progress towards PDF/UA conformance.



PDF Association helps move ISO standard for accessible PDF documents to implementation August 29, 2013
Article

The Swiss non-profit foundation “Access for all” has published the PDF Accessibility Checker (PAC 2) the world’s first tool for verifying PDF documents conform with PDF/UA and are accessible to people with disabilities. The PDF …



PDF/UA in a Nutshell June 16, 2013
Article

“PDF/UA in a Nutshell” will show you just what PDF/UA is. This brochure provides a clear summary of the key facts, the standard’s requirements, the latest developments and the current legal situation regarding PDF accessibility, …



It Just Works: PDF turns 20! June 12, 2013
Article

At 20 years of age PDF has remained very cool with customers and end users. Largely immune to the buzz and hype of Internet technologies PDF still dominates the idea of “an electronic document” worldwide.



Isartor Test Suite (Terms of Use & Download) August 8, 2011
Article

The Isartor test suite is available from www.pdfa.org free of charge. It can be used to check PDF validation software and software vendors can use it to “certify” that their products conform in full or …



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PhantomPDF sees successful use at Drees & Sommer July 12, 2017
Member News

Drees & Sommer, based in Stuttgart, is an international consulting firm in the construction and real estate sector. With 41 offices worldwide, the company has used Foxit Software’s PhantomPDF since 2016 to create and edit …



AUTHOR OF THE FOLLOWING RESOURCES

PDF 2.0 Application Note 002: Associated Files October 26, 2018
Application notes

The Associated Files feature allows PDF writers to provide additional information about files related to a PDF file in a standardized and therefore machine-readable manner.



About the PDF Association June 1, 2018
Video

What is the PDF Association, and what are the benefits of membership? This video helps explain.



PDF Products & Services 2018 May 28, 2018
Flyer

Anlässlich der PDF Days Europe 2018 veröffentlichte die PDF Association die Broschüre “PDF Products & Services 2018”. Hier stellen 26 Mitglieder ihre Lösungen vor.



2018 PDF Day DC – the sessions April 30, 2018
Video

January 29, 2018 was PDF Day in Washington DC! This event brought industry experts, vendors, consultants, integrators and agency professionals together to discuss how PDF technology can contribute to enhancing the government’s workflows.



PDF/UA in a Nutshell August 1, 2013
Educational

ISO 14289-1, more commonly known as PDF/UA, was first published in the summer of 2012 as the first complete definition of a set of requirements for universally accessible PDF documents. Rather than applying to the …



PDF/A in a Nutshell 2.0 May 23, 2013
Educational

PDF/A is an ISO standard for using the PDF format for long-term archiving of digital documents. Since its publication in 2005, PDF/A has become the format of choice for archiving digital documents in a wide …



Isartor Test Suite August 23, 2011
Test suite

The Isartor Test Suite is named after the location of the first meeting of the Technical Working Group, a medieval gate towards the river Isar in the center of Munich/Germany. This test suite comprises a …



4th International PDF/A Conference Proceedings October 1, 2010
Educational

Contents What you need to know about PDF/A and PDF/A-2 Legal Certainty Accessibility and Metadata Archives & Libraries Public Administration Business to Consumer The Portable Document Format – developed by Adobe Systems and first published …



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