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/As 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 Centers Technical Working Group (TWG) can provide PDF/A developers from around the globe with technical details and support, thus assisting a speedy implementation.
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.
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.
The PDF/A Competence Centers 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.
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.
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?
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?
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?
A partial listing of partner websites, articles documents, presentations and other resources that deal with PDF/A.
Microsoft Office 2007 will support PDF/A the ISO standard for long-term archiving in PDF format. Users of the Office suite will be able to create PDF/A files directly from the applications. In this way the files will remain readable for years to come, without requiring that obsolete versions of applications remain available. Don’t you see this decision by Microsoft as confirming that PDF/A will gain even further acceptance?