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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.

Most publications listed on pdfa.org are developed through our publications process, and are freely available to members and non-members alike.

PDF Association members may access drafts of current and upcoming ISO standards via the members-only intranet.

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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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PDF/Raster 1.0

This document describes PDF/raster, a strict subset of the PDF file format designed for storing, transporting and exchanging multi-page raster-image documents.

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Technical Note 0010: Clarifications of ISO 19005, parts 1-3 for developers of PDF/A creators and validators

TechNote 0010 offers ISO TC 171 SC 2 WG 5-reviewed and industry-supported clarifications of ISO 19005, parts 1-3 for developers of PDF/A creators and validators.

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veraPDF Test Suite

veraPDF is the industry-supported open-source validator for PDF/A-1, PDF.A-2 and PDF/A-3. The software was developed under the supervision of the PDF Association’s PDF Validation Technical Working Group, which continues to set policy for the test suite. The veraPDF test files …

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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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Tagged PDF Best Practice Guide 0.1.1

The objective of this document is to promote a detailed understanding of the correct use of PDF technology and to make that technology more comprehensible to accessibility experts rooted in web technologies. This document has been retired in favor of …

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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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Finnish Business Archive Association: “PDF/A-3 as preservation format”

The Finnish Business Archive Association organised an expert event from September, 30 to October, 1st 2015 in Mikkeli, Finland. PDF Association Board Member Hans-Joachim Hübner and Managing Director Thomas Zellmann presented the keynote speech discussing “PDF/A-3 as preservation format”.

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PDF Days Europe 2015: Session recordings

You missed PDF Days Europe 2015? Never mind! Most sessions were recorded, and may be viewed via the links in the table. Monday, June 8, 2015 – Educational DayeIDAS and the PDF world Influences and challenges of the new EU …

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PDF/A (Flyer)

PDF/A is the ISO standard for archiving electronic documents using the PDF format. The first part, PDF/A-1, was published on October 1, 2005. The second and third parts, PDF/A-2 (2011) and PDF/A-3 (2012), enhance PDF/A with support for additional features …

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PDF/UA (Flyer)

PDF/UA is the common name for ISO 14289. An international standard approved in 2012, PDF/UA defines how to represent electronic documents in the PDF format in a manner that allows the file to be accessible. The standard identifies PDF components …

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