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The PDF/A Competence Center is offering a seminar on PDF/VT, a new format relevant for output management. It will be conducted in German and offered the day before the DMS EXPO in Stuttgart. Wouldn’t you like to learn about PDF/VT?

August 17, 2011

PDF developers know that Adobe turned over PDF to ISO in 2008 with the publication of ISO 32000-1, the ISO-ized version of PDF 1.7. Even so, it has come to our attention that questions remain about the release of patents associated with PDF. Did Adobe hold something back when it came to linearization? Would 3rd party developers be at risk of a patent-infringement lawsuit if they implemented linearization features (reading or writing) in their software? The answer, in a word, is no; there’s nothing to worry about. We asked Adobe’s Matthew Hardy to offer some Adobe-official word on the matter.

August 15, 2011

As the complexity of the individual electronic archiving formats increases, the requirements for the structure and completeness of the documents must be adjusted accordingly and realized consistently. The aim is to ensure that you can reproduce these documents even after a long time. It only becomes clear at the time of the reproduction whether the criteria for a successful reproduction were also consistently implemented and realized. What are the criteria in this case?

August 11, 2011

The long-term archiving format PDF/A is a relatively new standard. This document discusses some of the more technical aspects of PDF/A. If you need to produce files with static content that can be visually reproduced completely precisely today and in many years time, regardless of the device or operating system used, please read more.

August 8, 2011

Metadata describes the content, character, provisos, and other characteristics of data. Metadata minimizes the work effort required for many tasks in companies and authorities and provides many automation possibilities. Learn more about the benefits of metadata.

August 5, 2011

Improved PDF/A-1b
August 5, 2011

The idea behind an ‘improved’ PDF/A-1b is to enhance the conformance level by encompassing the advantages of Unicode. Unicode is obligatory only in PDF/A-1a, but that does not rule out the voluntary usage of Unicode in PDF/A-1b. A new compliance level would give users a better overview of their options. In addition to compliance levels A and B, PDF/A-2, which is currently being compiled, will also include PDF/A-2u (’u’ for Unicode).

August 5, 2011

A thorough understanding of the PDF/A standard is a prerequisite for the creation of PDF/A-compliant documents, and also for displaying them in accordance with the standard. This knowledge alone is however insufficient for optimally configuring PDF/A-related processes. Would you like to learn about typical processes can be designed, in order that components that are available on the market today can be used to achieve an optimal cost / benefit relationship?

August 5, 2011

PDF/A and Colors
August 5, 2011

This article deals with color spaces, ICC profiles and output intents. If you would like to learn more about color, it provides several user examples based on Adobe Acrobat 8 Professional, but there are also numerous other PDF/A tools that are not mentioned here.

August 5, 2011

ISO 19005-1 defines “a file format based on PDF, known as PDF/A, which provides a mechanism for representing electronic documents in a manner that preserves their visual appearance over time, independent of the tools and systems used for creating, storing or rendering the files.” (from ISO 19005-1). The Standard does not define an archiving strategy or the goals of an archiving system. It identifies a “profile” for electronic documents that ensures the documents can be reproduced in years to come.

August 4, 2011

Isartor Test Suite
August 3, 2011

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This test suite comprises a set of files which can be used to check the conformance of software regarding the PDF/A-1 standard. More precisely, the Isartor test suite can be used to “validate the validators”: It deliberately violates the requirements of PDF/A-1 in a systematic way in order to check whether PDF/A-1 validation software actually finds the violations.

August 3, 2011


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