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Among the topics discussed were the needs of the packaging industry – whether for more accurate definition and processing of multiple spot color inks, the handling of non-print elements like cut or fold lines, or the use of layers. In order to properly address these issues in a future version of PDF/X, much more direct involvement from the packaging industry is necessary.

September 16, 2011

Since 2005, PDF/A has been the standard for document archiving in the long term. The first part, PDF/A?1, was based on PDF version 1.4. This year, the second part, PDF/A?2, was released, and it introduced a lot of functional extensions. This article explains the difference between PDF/A?1 and PDF/A?2 and answers the question, what this means to the user.

September 15, 2011

Last month was the first anniversary of the publication of the PDF/VT specification by the International Standards Organization (ISO 16612-2), and it has been a very busy first year. So it is a good time to recap the latest news, and also to review some of the history. Also, the Printing Industries of America (PIA) honored PDF/VT with the “InterTech Technology Award for Innovative Excellence”. Learn how PDF/VT earned the award.

September 8, 2011

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

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


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