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PDF Declarations

PDF in general

ISO-standardized subsets of PDF such as PDF/A, PDF/UA and PDF/X already include identification mechanisms. However, in many cases users of PDF files would like to leverage 3rd party standards or …

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ISO 19593-1 (PDF Processing Steps)

With PDF Processing Steps standardization, packaging and pro workflow components may be shared language-independent, vendor-neutral way, including specifications for cutting, varnishing, embossing, adding braille and other post-print operations right in the PDF.

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PDF/X in a Nutshell

PDF Assiciation publication about PDF/X. PDF/X was the first ISO standard based on PDF technology. A subset of the PDF specification, PDF/X was designed to constrain PDF files in order to cater to specific use-cases in the print industry.

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PDF/VT Application Notes

The PDF/VT Application Notes discuss topics that aid implementers of PDF/VT workflow tools and demonstrate the various design features of the PDF/VT file format. The document was developed by the PDF/VT Competence Center of the PDF Association, in close cooperation with, …

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4th International PDF/A Conference Proceedings

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 in 1993 – offers a …

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