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Topics include cooperations with APROGED and VOI, status on PDF/A-2 and PDF/A for SAP. Also, technical drawings, documents and specifications that arise out of product development must remain available over the entire life cycle of the product, making PDF/A the preferred format for their long-term archiving. Read more if you’d like answers to: How can PDF/A be created from CAD? Is PDF/A an accepted format with respect to product liability? How can one ensure that documents provided by suppliers conform to the PDF/A standard? Can one simply convert a supplier’s PDF documents into PDF/A format? How do PDF/A and SAP treat each other?

December 1, 2008

Topics include Isartor test suite for PDF/A, metadata in PDF/A and the DMS Expo. Two years after the founding of the PDF/A Competence Center we can measure the success of PDF/A based on the increasing number of members and of course on the numerous products available that support PDF/A. Following PDF/A’s comparatively quick start for an archiving standard, it has now achieved a critical milestone that offers even more benefits than just the technical advantages of the standard. We are pleased that the PDF/A Competence Center’s Technical Working Group (TWG) can provide PDF/A developers from around the globe with technical details and support, thus assisting a speedy implementation.

October 1, 2008

Participants learned all they needed to know about the PDF/A ISO standard for long-term archiving, its areas of application and advantages. The presentations covered such topics as the differences between PDF/A and other formats, archiving strategies, the specific use of PDF/A with document management and archiving systems, and digital inbox / outgoing mail solutions. Moreover, the exhibitors at the shared stand were more than satisfied with the many discussions and numerous new contacts.

September 17, 2008

Special measures are required for “long-term archiving” of both hardware and software, and PDF/A can fulfill many of the requirements for software and file formats. Archives are typically receivers of documents, and from their point of view it would be optimal when the files they receive are already in PDF/A format. This can be achieved through proper communication and organisation with the suppliers. There are many PDF/A scanning solutions that can applied when existing documents in an archive are to be converted into electronic format. For files that are delivered in other electronic formats, numerous tools are offered for converting to PDF/A. It may also be desired to archive both the original format (e.g. Microsoft Word) as well as a PDF/A version of the document.

September 15, 2008

The PDF/A Competence Center’s technical working group has released the Isartor test suite, which can validate the quality of PDF/A files. It contains over 200 files which systematically violate all the requirements for PDF/A-1b. This enables users and software providers to determine whether a PDF/A validator actually tests all the rules for PDF/A-1b.

August 21, 2008

Seminar participants will spend half a day learning all they need to know about the ISO standard for long-term archiving, its areas of application and advantages. The introductory lecture will be held by Bernhard Zoeller, a well-known ECM expert and CEO of Zoeller & Partner. Afterwards, noted specialists and members of the PDF/A Competence Center will speak on a variety of topics covering many aspects of PDF/A. They will explain, for example, how metadata and electronic signatures are used in PDF/A documents. Other topics include the conversion of paper-based and electronic documents – including e-mail messages – to PDF/A.

August 19, 2008

Topics include a pre-DMS Seminar at the DMS Expo 2008 and PDF/A in mass-output. The seminar has been organized by the members of the executive committee and offers PDF/A knowledge in a concentrated form – a 4 hour compact seminar with some of the most prominent PDF/A experts and an excellent warm-up to one of the main themes of the fair. Will we see you there?

August 1, 2008

Fifteen members of the PDF/A Competence Center will present their products and services involving the PDF/A format and answer questions for visitors to the DMS Expo 2008. On September 8, 2008 – the day before the DMS EXPO – the PDF/A Competence Center will also offer a half-day seminar in Cologne. It will provide participants with detailed information on the ISO standard for long-term archiving as well as its advantages and areas of use. Will you attend?

July 10, 2008

Topics include e-mail archiving with PDF/A and that MS Office 2007 SP2 supports PDF/A. Also, a look at where PDF/A stands in Switzerland. And would you like to learn about some new approaches for the use of PDF/A – in e-mail archiving and in the Microsoft Office environment?

July 1, 2008

A partial listing of partner websites, articles documents, presentations and other resources that deal with PDF/A.

June 14, 2008


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