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Mission Statement: To promote Open Standards-based electronic document implementations using PDF technology through education, expertise and shared experience for stakeholders worldwide.
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The only digital document format

Margaret Hamilton led a team credited with developing the software for NASA’s Apollo and Skylab. Her  team was responsible for developing in-flight software, which included algorithms designed by various senior scientists for the Apollo command module …

Save the Date: PDF Days Europe 2018, May 14-16, in Berlin

PDF Days Europe is the most popular PDF event of the year. It’s where the PDF industry meets, and where institutional and corporate users come to learn what else PDF could do for them. The first two PDF Days will offer a broad range of educational sessions focussed on current and perennial topics in the world of PDF technology implementation.

The Power of the Page

It’s a question that vexes vendors of web-based solutions everywhere: why do people still insist on PDF files? And why does PDF’s mindshare keep going up? “PDF is such antediluvian technology!” they say. “It’s pre-web, are you kidding me? It’s so old-f …

PDF Association technical resources: an overview

PDF is PDF because files produced with one vendor’s software can be read using a different vendor’s software with no loss of fidelity. Interoperability is key to our industry. The PDF Association is a international membership organization dedicated to …

2022: The last year of paper for records-keeping

NARA (The National Archives and Records Administration) is the final depository for the long-term records generated by all other agencies of the U.S. Federal Government. The agency has a key role in preserving the cultural history of the republic as we …

Welcome to the PDF/E Competence Center!


pdf-e-cc-helvAll of us at the 3D PDF Consortium are very excited to be a part of the PDF Association’s new initiative!

Let’s start our PDF/E conversations by discussing why we think PDF/E deserves its own Competence Center!

PDF/E (or ISO 24517) is designed to be the first of a multi-part standard. PDF/E-1 (ISO 24517-1), the first standard, addresses the need for reliable exchange of engineering documentation. The ISO committee is currently working on the second part, PDF/E-2 (ISO 24517-2), which addresses requirements for archiving of engineering documentation, including 3D data. While both of these standards are very specific, there are a number of nuances that can present challenges for both implementers and users alike.

During the most recent ISO committee meetings in Basel, Switzerland, I found myself discussing one of the nuances of the PDF/E format with several members of the PDF Association. Specifically, we were discussing the advantages of the PRC format for 3D data (new in PDF 2.0 and PDF/E-2), and how it differed from the U3D format. During these conversations, it became apparent that the decision as to which format to use in an engineering PDF document was dependent on how that document would be used. It was also apparent that developers and users of PDF/E could benefit from a forum where they could discuss the format and get help on making the correct implementation decisions. It was from these conversations that the idea for the PDF/E Competence Center was born.

The 3D PDF Consortium is happy to be able to participate in the PDF/E Competence Center. The Consortium is a community of organizations representing a cross-section of industry and institutions, including small and large end user companies, software developers and systems integrators. These member companies have extensive experience developing and using engineering documents in a wide variety of engineering workflows. I am confident that knowledge and experiences of the 3D PDF Consortium can combine with those of the PDF Association members to create a broad and deeply knowledgable community of experts on the PDF/E format.

I want to encourage PDF Association members to join the PDF/E Competence Center and explore the richness of the PDF/E format. Non-members of the PDF Association who are interested in PDF/E should likewise join so they may contribute to and learn from the discussion.

Whether you are looking for help in implementing and deploying PDF/E in your business or are developing software that reads or writes PDF/E, we are here to help.


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