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Olaf Drümmer

Olaf Drümmer is founder and managing director of callas software, a Berlin/Germany based company specializing in PDF analysis and processing, and of axaio software, developer of software extensions for Adobe Indesign and QuarkXPress. In addition he has been actively involved in the development of PDF standards within ISO since 1999.
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2018 PDF 2.0 Interop Workshop

Following the success of our previous interop workshops in Cambridge, England and Boston, Massachusetts, the 3rd PDF 2.0 Interop Workshop takes place on May 16, 2018 as part of the post-conference program immediately following this year’s PDF Days Euro …

Post-Conference of PDF Days Europe 2018

On Wednesday, May 16, 2018, directly following PDF Days Europe, the PDF Days Post-Conference offers a variety of workshops on PDF 2.0 Interop or PDF/UA.

PDF Days Europe 2018 – schedule of sessions

Fittingly for the tenth anniversary of PDF’ becoming an ISO standard, standardization will play a significant role this year. The focus will be on recent developments, with an eye on the future. The agenda also includes PDF market analyses, next-generation PDF for mobile devices, universally accessible PDF files and the industry-supported veraPDF validator initiative.

Hotel Recommendations and Sightseeing Tips for PDF Days Europe 2018 in Berlin

You will visit the No. 1 PDF event – the PDF Days Europe 2018 in Berlin? Great! Here are some hotel recommendations and sightseeing tips near the event location (SI Hotel).

A double anniversary for PDF Days Europe 2018

Richard Cohn, Principal Scientist at Adobe, one of the two co-authors of the original PDF specification in the era of Acrobat 1.0 gives the keynote on 25 years of PDF during the PDF Europe 2018.

Technical Conference 2012 of the PDF Association · March 27-28, 2012 · Basel, Switzerland

The PDF Association invites its members to attend the Technical Conference 2012, to be held March 27-28, 2012 in Basel (Switzerland).

In line with its title the Technical Conference covers technical topics around PDF and related ISO standards and technologies. With a technical audience in mind – developers, technical product managers as well as technical decision makers – the conference provides an update on the latest developments in the world of PDF, and at the same time offers a platform for discussions and networking.

As can be seen from the conference program below, recognized experts will offer their take on the state of affairs of all PDF standards – from PDF/A and PDF/VT over PDF/X, PDF/E, PDF/UA up to PDF itself. They will not only share their knowledge but also provide insight based on their own development work.

Registrations are taken on a first come first served basis. The fee for attending the conference is 100 EUR for members, and 2000 EUR for non-members. In order to register and to reserve your seat please go the the Registration page.

For those unable to attend in person we will provide remote access through a web conferencing. Remote access will be free of charge, but will only be available to members of the PDF Association. More details about attending the Technical Conference 2012 remotely will be provided to members of the PDF Association by early February 2012.

Preliminary conference program

Note: The conference program is subject to change without prior notice!

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A few things to be aware of when planning for the conference…


The conferences will last two full days. It is recommended to travel to Basel the evening before the conference, and to be prepared to leave the venue at Basel no earlier than 17:30. The train station Basel SBB can be reached within 15 minutes by foot, the airport Basel Mulhouse within 1 hour by public transport. Trains from Basel SBB to Zürich Airport take about 1:15h and run at least twice per hour. Getting from Zürich Airport train station to the check-in counters takes 10 to 15 minutes.


The conference will take place in the “Altstadt” (Old Town) of Basel at Barfüsserplatz 6. Here is a list of hotels in walking distance:


If you still have questions around the conference, please use the contact form on this website to get in touch with our conference team.

Become a member?

In case you find that the Technical Conference is of interest to you or your developer team, and especially if you have already thought about becoming a member of the PDF Association anyway – now is a good time to apply for membership: click here to find out more about our memberships benefits, and apply now!

Tags: Technical conference, standards development, tutorial
Categories: Digital Signatures, PDF, PDF/A, PDF/E, PDF/UA, PDF/VT, PDF/X, XMP