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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.

October 25, 2011

The PDF Association provided PDF/A education at ARMA’s 2011 Conference and Exposition – and picked up some good information about how records-managers see PDF/A. From making a file unalterable, to deactivating PDF/A, to its relationship with digital signatures, see what questions attendees asked and perhaps become more proactive in how you present your products.

October 19, 2011

If one wants to eliminate mountains of paper records and the associated retention costs, then the implementation of a legally binding digital archiving system cannot be avoided. But are corporations and their project leaders sufficiently prepared for this?

October 17, 2011

Tagged PDF offers a lot more than access to users with disabilities. From search engines to mobile devices, tagged PDF offers powerful options for reuse of page-based content. Learn more about how the utility of tagged content can benefit your documents.

October 14, 2011

Examines some of the differences between PDF, the worlds’ most used format for ensuring that a document appears as it should regardless of what computer is used to create or view it, and what differentiates it from the archival version, PDF/A. The article does get one thing wrong, however, hyperlinks are, in fact, permitted in PDF/A files.

October 14, 2011

PDF e-invoices are a great starting point for massive adoption of e-invoicing and a transition to more efficient forms of e-invoicing.

October 14, 2011

In an archival project it may be important that the archival PDFs do comply also with PDF/X to make sure that they can be output on a high end printing device – today or in the future. In many such projects questions arise about what are the differences between the two PDF based ISO standards and the following brief overview should shed some light on this. How can compliance with PDF/A and PDF/X be achieved at the same time in a single file?

October 12, 2011

The PDF/A Competence Center is now part of a larger organization dedicated to promoting International Standards for PDF. As the PDF Association, numerous world-leading companies and experts in PDF technology will exchange information and experiences about all PDF standards, including PDF/A, PDF/VT, PDF/UA and more.

September 21, 2011

Just as documents are made to be read, forms are made to be filled. If accessible documents and forms are a requirement, a paper form or TIF file isn’t acceptable. Learn about the subsection of Section 508 that requires fillable forms.

September 17, 2011

In development for almost seven years, PDF/UA is now almost ready for the public. Why should PDF software developers pay attention?

September 17, 2011


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