The PDF/A Competence Center is organizing its fourth international PDF/A conference this year. One point of emphasis at the event will be the new part of the standard, PDF/A-2, which is expected to be completed soon. Experts will provide information on the standards latest development and explain whether and when a change makes sense and how to go about it. Moreover, some providers will present their first PDF/A-2 ready solutions at the accompanying exhibition.
The impetus for PDF/A, the archival form of PDF, came from the U.S. Federal Courts, the U.S. Library of Congress and the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration. They were concerned about the cost and maintenance of a collection of non-standard PDFs, files that don’t meet the basic promise of PDF to look the same in all places and on all systems.
There are many ways to select text to extract from a PDF. However, PDF has no concept of a “column” and that can complicate matters if the file isn’t tagged. PDF guru Duff Johnson offers his tips to select text that spans columns, to select all the text on a single page, to select all the text in the PDF, and to select text that spans two or more pages.
Topics include PDF/A-2 at the PDF/A Conference and the Council Directive 2010/45/EU, which demands equal treatment for electronic and paper invoices. An electronic invoice should be readable from the point in time of its issue until the end of its storage period. The use of PDF/A as a storage format for electronic invoices guarantees their reproducibility in all technological contexts longer than legally required: the format characteristics guarantee conformity with the original in all environments and assures the legibility of documents longer than the minimum storage period in Italy of 10 years. The advanced electronic signatures that can be affixed to every PDF/A document completely satisfy the requirement to assure the authenticity and content integrity. This process assures that the document was really originated from his sender and that it wasnt modified since its issue.
inbro decided to integrate the PDF Optimization component of PDF Tools AG into their software. The high compression performance, the ability to be run on Linux and in cloud computing as well as the automation of the compression process have been of crucial importance and an imaging clipping customizing lead to further reduction of the file size. The PDF Optimization component enables the solution to efficiently produce PDF documents for several specific purposes. It allows, for example, to send small email-friendly PDF files containing just the information that is needed. In the area of web-based publication it creates lean files optimized for screen display, whose first page is displayed even before the complete file has been downloaded.
The Benelux chapter is part of the strategy of the internationally active PDF/A Competence Center to establish the ISO standard PDF/A for long-term archiving further in Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg. With this in mind, the organization held a member meeting on July 8, 2010 in Woerden to get the new chapter started. The first joint action planned by the chapter is a PDF/A seminar on December 2 in Woerden, which DO Consultancy will organize together with the PDF/A Competence Center.
Topics include the ISO Committee meeting and the 4th International PDF/A Conference. Participants at the 4th International PDF/A Conference can once again expect a multifaceted programme offering insights into many different theoretical and practical aspects of PDF/A. The agenda includes three parallel tracks offering lectures to introduce the concepts of PDF/A as well as presentations of specialist expertise. The conference also includes an exhibition at which products for PDF/A conversion and archiving are presented.
Appligent CEO Duff Johnson will chair the North American chapter of the PDF/A Competence Center.
The use of PDF/A in government is highly dependent on the type of public or government agency. PDF/A can be meaningfully applied in agencies when digital or digitized records have to be retained. Typical examples are proposals, construction records and legal notifications.