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.
The PDF/A Competence Center Italia is born as a local extension of the International PDF/A Competence Center, an association founded in Germany in 2006 with the objective of promoting the exchange of information and experience in the field of long-term archiving in accordance with ISO 19005 (PDF/A). Founded by Callas Software, Compart, LuraTech Europe, PDF Tools and PDFIib, the group now includes 100 members from all over the world, 8 of which are based in Italy.
The PDF/A Competence Center and AIIM announce the second U.S. based PDF/A seminar on March 26, 2010. A variety of topics including the basics of PDF/A, converting paper-based and electronic documents to PDF/A, managing PDF/A documents, metadata, and digital signatures will be addressed by experts. AIIM, the secretariat for the ISO working group responsible for the ISO standard will open the seminar with an introduction and background to the development of PDF/A.
Topics include methods for reliable long-term archiving and scanning services and PDF/A. And visitors to CeBIT can learn all about the options, advances and benefits involving PDF/A. Members will also present current solutions for reliable storage of documents, print data streams, e-mail messages and graphics with PDF/A, enabling CeBIT attendees to gain comprehensive insight into how a consistent archiving strategy can be implemented with PDF/A from the inflow of information all the way to output management. The PDF/A Competence Center experts will discuss the benefits of the format in detail, such as its long-term readability, unification of format, full text search capability, use of metadata and fidelity of layout.
PDF format was first introduced in 1993 with Adobe Acrobat 1.0 from Adobe Systems. Following the standardization of PDF for special requirements like PDF/X for pre-press, PDF/A for archiving and PDF/E for engineering, Adobe invested a great effort into getting PDF format standardized for universal use. In July 2008, PDF 1.7 was officially certified by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) as an open standard – ISO 32000. The advantage: the open PDF standard is now manufacturer independent and offers long-term reliability. Changes and future developments to the PDF format are no longer dependent on Adobe.