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The PDF Association publishes a variety of documents and other resources to help developers, product managers, and others interested in leveraging PDF to meet their business and organizational objectives.

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PDF in Manufacturing

3D PDF

Today, PDF is at the heart of manufacturing and engineering communications. PDF technology supports manufacturing worldwide, conveying ideas, plans, communications, contracts, specifications, contracts… and of course, 2D and 3D drawings …

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Normative references of ISO 32000-2:202x

To help implementers stay current the PDF Association maintains a page of links to current versions of documents normatively referenced from ISO 32000-2:202x.

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PDF 2.0 Application Note 002: Associated Files

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.

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PDF 2.0 Application Note 001: Black Point Compensation

Black point compensation is already widely used in production printing, especially in situations where the combination of the substrate, colourants (e.g. inks) and printing process cannot achieve a very high density for blacks. Turning on BPC will often increase the …

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ISO 32000-2 (PDF 2.0)

ISO 32000-2 is the first PDF specification developed within the ISO working-group structure. It includes numerous new features, rewritten clauses, corrections, clarifications and much more.

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Adobe documents referenced from ISO 32000-2:2017

A number of documents, originally published by Adobe Systems, are normatively referenced from ISO 32000-2:2017. Adobe has made these documents freely available, and has asked the PDF Association to host them.

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