Launched April 23, 2014, the joint ISO TC 130 WG 2 FTF 3 and PDF Association Working Group just met again on May 21, 2014. The group is quite active and will meet every two weeks in the coming months. Their initial focus is on developing best practice guidelines on expressing product intent, completely independent of JDF which is considered too complex by numerous potential PDF/VT users, who value the relative simplicity of output control options in AFP or PostScript. The next web meeting will take place on June 2, 2104.
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Gesellschaft für Innovative Personalwirtschaftssysteme mbH (GIP) is a managed service provider headquartered in Offenbach, (near Frankfurt), Germany. The company provides software and services to the public sector across Germany, providing solutions that aid the production of Human Resources (HR) documents for 2.5 million public servants.
Crawford Technologies has posted a great slideshow overview of PDF/VT. The presentation examines what PDF/VT is, its benefits and challenges and shares the differences between AFP and PDF. In addition to highlighting why PDF/A matters for transactional customer communication documents, it also discusses the additional benefits of using PDF/VT.
AFP or PDF? Opinions differ on which data format is better for output management. Considering its triumph in electronic data exchange, the Portable Document Format (PDF) is often viewed as irreplaceable. Nonetheless, AFP remains the most used format for mass printing. Why?
AFP or PDF? Opinions differ on which data format is better for output management. Considering its triumph in electronic data exchange, the Portable Document Format (PDF) is often viewed as irreplaceable, but numerous special versions have become ISO standards such as in archiving (PDF/A), digital prepress (PDF/X) and engineering (PDF/E) with others waiting in the wings. PDF is also increasingly popular as an exchange format in healthcare and variable transaction output. No surprise there PDF has real benefits. Having emerged from the widely used PostScript page description language, it offers the best properties of vector graphics, which are better than in AFP. PDF also has many extra functions: direct access to pages, compression, and interactive navigation.
The CrawfordTech family of transform and conversion products can transform into PDF/A from: AFP, DJDE, LCDS, Metacode, PCL, PDF, PostScript and Image on Windows, UNIX and host platforms at enterprise production volumes and speeds.
With DocBridge Mill you can convert large volumes of documents from countless formats (AFP, PDF, PCL, SAP ALF and OTF, LCDS/DJDE, Metacode/DJDE, SVG, ASCII-/EBCDIC-Linemode, raster formats and PC document formats) into files of another format, including PDF/A.