A survey of implementation examples of PDF/A from across industries. Examines standard eBilling in banks and insurance companies, digital format sustainability in archives and libraries, and other factors in the public sector and government.
If you’re considering PDF/A for your organization, Adlib Software has put together a whitepaper, PDF/A and the Document Retention Landscape. It offers guidance on what questions you need to ask to ensure long-term document accessibility, searchability and reliability.
The PDFlib Cookbook offers hands-on advice on creating a large number of invoices in a single PDF file by making use of either PDF/VT-1 or PDF/VT-2 features, or even shows how to wrap the data into a PDF/VT-2s-compliant MIME package, according to ISO 16612-2:2010 specification, Annex A.
An article by Marcus Schneider, SNIA Europe Board member, and Director of Product Marketing at Fujitsu for Storage Solutions, on the The Register website discusses role of PDF in “Retaining 100 years of information”. Schneider clearly concludes that it is essential to “Use widely-understood (and used) standards”.
In the area of group insurance, a wide variety of Microsoft Office documents from daily business transactions for creating proposals and managing portfolios of collective contracts are administered in Microsoft SharePoint. These documents were previously archived in TIFF format. By changing to a PDF/A conforming archive directly out of Microsoft SharePoint, Swiss Life intention is to make the documents text-searchable and, by means of a digital signature and time stamp, fulfill compliance requirements.
Using the print dialog box, in some cases, can allow you to save a subset of pages instead of the entire PDF.
Some smartphones, such as the Motorola Droid X for the Verizon network can’t open or display Adobe PDFs. According to eHow’s James Crider, Android Market now has a version of Adobe’s Acrobat Reader that allows a user to view and download PDFs.
Excellent article form Printing Industries of America on PDF/VT, and the role it is going to play in the future of printing and output management. What solutions can it offer to large printers?
An eHow article by Wendy Lau offers a guide to saving your presentation as a PDF for use when there is only text or static images in it. She writes, “Saving a presentation as a PDF eliminates the chance of complications, such as others not having PowerPoint, formatting changes that may occur when opened in a different version of PowerPoint from your version, and the ability to restrict copying and pasting content directly for your presentation to somewhere else.”
An extensive family of sublanguages and specifications make up the PDF file format, making it richer and helping it to meet the requirements of real-world scenarios. Where does PDF/A fit into to the picture?