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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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Save-The-Date: PDF Day France, Toulouse, April 4, 2019

PDF Day France will be the first French-speaking event of the PDF Association, organised by our member ORPALIS. It will take place in Toulouse which is the home ground of Airbus and we are very happy that Airbus will present a case study around its usage of PDF in their document management environment!

Electronic Document Conference: Call for Papers

Prospective presenters at the Electronic Document Conference 2019 are invited to submit high-quality original proposals for 25-minute presentations on subjects of interest to developers and technical product managers concerned with electronic document implementations.

Have we passed ‘peak PDF’?

How do we gain insight into how users’ views of documents are shifting? Google Trends is an increasingly interesting source of high-level marketplace data. By aggregating Google’s search data over time, reporting a term’s popularity as compared with all other searches.

Participating in the PDF Techniques Accessibility Summit

The PDF Techniques Accessibility Summit’s objective is to establish a broad-based understanding of how PDF files should be tagged for accessibilty. It’s an opportunity to focus on establishing a common set of examples of accessible PDF content, and identify best-practice when tagging difficult cases.

Members supporting PDF features!

The typical adoption curve for PDF technologies until approximately 2007 tended to track with that of the original PDF developer. Since then the marketplace has shifted; it’s no longer clear that Adobe drivesPDF feature support worldwide. Accordingly, we are happy to report that adoption of PDF 2.0 continues apace, with new vendors announcing their support every month.

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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Categories: 3D PDF, Architecture, Engineering & Construction (AEC), PDF/E