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pdfChip is a command-line application for the creation of high-quality PDF from HTML (taking full advantage of CSS and JavaScript). It supports all HTML features, but extends to support CMYK, spot color, XMP metadata, PDF standards, SVG, MathML, barcodes and more. Capable of generating single and multi-page PDF documents it is ideally suited for high-volume dynamic PDF generation.

A biplane is less complex than an airliner, but that’s not a good reason to travel by Sopwith Camel! So it is with TIFF and PDF.

PDF/A in a Nutshell 2.0 is now available as an ebook! Click here for details. PDF/A is an ISO standard for using the PDF format for long-term archiving of digital documents. Since its publication in 2005, PDF/A has become the format of choice for archi …

A number of critics have spoken out against PDF/A, especially when the standard was first introduced. Many criticisms of the format, however, are based on misunderstandings. These are some of the most commonly encountered myths and legends.

By popular demand, the PDF Association will hold two more PDF/A seminars in the Scandinavian region. One will take place on the 17th of April 2012, the first to be held in Oslo, Norway. The PDF specialists will then come to Stockholm on the 31st of May 2012. Last year over 70 participants came to the first PDF/A seminar here.

callas pdfaPilot CLI offers fast and easy integration of PDF/A technology on a wide range of platforms through a command line interface. It provides PDF/A compliancy verification, guaranteed conversion to PDF/A and direct conversion of office documents and emails including attachments. pdfaPilot CLI features load-balancing and fail-over for high-volume environments, supports virtual environments such as the Amazon cloud and provides out-of-the-box SharePoint integration.

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Converts all popular raster images, such as TIFF or JPEG to PDF/A documents. Optionally OCR text retrieval is available to produce PDF/A documents.

Fear of change is the biggest hurdle for organizations wanting to move from their current electronic archiving format to PDF/A because the believe that it may be difficult to implement and expensive, and not worth the effort to migrate their archives. “There are many upsides to implementing PDF/A,” writes Gary Hodkinson, Managing Director of LuraTech Ltd., in an article on “Current archiving systems that are based on black-and-white TIFF or basic PDF file formats are not necessarily protected from inaccessibility over the long term. In addition, these formats can result in files that are very large, making it incredibly costly to store documents, particularly those that are scanned in full-colour, and increase bandwidth costs for sharing the files.” Read the full article for more information on why migration is worth the effort.

The dmstools Printer enables the user to save any printable document as PDF, PDF/A or TIFF. The software has integrated support for DMS or ECMS, at the moment approx. 60 DMS/ECMS of a multitude of manufacturers are directly supported. For software manufacturers and system integrators a powerful interface (COM/ActiveX API) is available.

The DAK, Germany’s second largest healthcare company, has migrated their internal information archive to the new ISO standard PDF/A with help from LuraTech. The archive used to exist as digitalized microfilms, scanned into TIFF format. This had the disadvantages of not only requiring a lot of memory space, but in particular the files could not be full-text searched.