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The PDF Association publishes a variety of documents and other resources for those interested in leveraging PDF technology, and as of Q4 2021, also sells the ISO standards relating to PDF technology as developed by ISO TC 171 SC 2.

In addition to formal ISO standards many PDF Association publications developed through our publications process are freely available.

PDF Association members may access process documents and drafts of upcoming ISO standards via the Member Area.

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ISO 32000 (PDF)

PDF 2.0

ISO 32000 is the family of ISO standards that defines the core PDF specification for both PDF 1.7 and PDF 2.0.

ISO 32000-2 Document management Portable Document Format Part 1 PDF 2.0 cover with PDF Association logo


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Normative references of ISO 32000-2:2020

To help implementers locate the latest information, the PDF Association maintains a page of links to current versions of documents normatively referenced from ISO 32000-2:2020.

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PDF 2.0 Application Note 002: Associated Files

The Associated Files feature allows PDF 2.0 writers to provide additional information related to a PDF 2.0 object in a standardized and interoperable 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. Enabling BPC will often increase the perceived …

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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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ISO 19005 (PDF/A)

ISO 19005 is a series of standards known as PDF/A which defines a subset of PDF for representing electronic documents in a manner that preserves their static visual appearance over time, independent of the tools and systems used for creating, …

ISO 19005-4 Document management Electronic document file format for long-term preservation Part 4 Use of ISO 32000-2 PDF/A-4 cover with PDF Association logo