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PDF Association

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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Interview with René Treuber, Product Manager of axaio software, about PDF Days Europe 2018

René Treuber, Product Manager of axaio software, will be hosting a presentation titled “Introducing ISO standards for PDF “processing steps” and “print product metadata”” at the PDF Days Europe 2018. In this Interview he gives some background information about it.

Interview with Roman Toda, CTO of Normex, about PDF Days Europe 2018

Roman Toda, CTO of Normex, will be hosting a presentation titled “Encryption with PDF 2.0” at the PDF Days Europe 2018. In this interview he gives some background information about it.

PANEL “Five visions of a PDF future” at the PDF Days Europe 2018

Catherine Andersz (PDFTron), Richard Cohn (Adobe), Harald Grumser (Compart), Carsten Heiermann (Foxit) and Duff Johnson (PDF Association) present their ideas for the next 25 years of PDF.

Interview with Dietrich von Seggern, CEO of callas software, about PDF Days Europe 2018

Dietrich von Seggern, CEO of callas software, will be hosting a presentation titled “Text and fonts in PDF” at the PDF Days Europe 2018. In this Interview he gives some background information about it.

Interview with Ulrich Isermeyer, Sr. Business Development Manager, Adobe Systems GmbH, about PDF Days Europe 2018

Ulrich Isermeyer, Sr. Business Development Manager, Adobe Systems GmbH, will be hosting a presentation titled “The power of 3D PDF” at the PDF Days Europe 2018. In this Interview he gives some background information about it.

What is a “Competence Center”?


Competence CentersThe PDF Association started in 2006 as the “PDF/A Competence Center”. The mission was to identify – and thereby establish – a common interpretation of the PDF/A-1 specification. With that accomplished through meetings open to all members, the secondary objective was to help drive that understanding to the people who would be most interested in the results: PDF software developers around the world.

It worked. A common perspective on PDF/A-1b was quickly adopted by industry leaders, and then implemented worldwide, with few exceptions.

The PDF Association has moved on since the days in which it focussed on PDF/A. There are now Competence Centers for PDF itself and each of the major PDF subsets. Today, most of the work is concentrated in so-called “Technical Working Groups (TWG)”. So, what’s a “TWG” versus a “Competence Center” anyhow?

TWGs and Competence Centers

Each Competence Center consists of one or more subgroups. Typically, the Technical Working Group addresses the specification itself, or interpretations and applications thereof. When present, a Marketing Working Group (MWG) tends to focus on how the PDF subset is presented to the world at large, especially end-users.

There may also be one or more Special Interest Groups (SIG) within any given Competence Center; these organizations are dedicated to specific functional, technical, marketplace or other areas of interest.

Access to these groups is for PDF Association members only, and is one of the principle benefits of membership.

We encourage all PDF developers to consider joining the PDF Association and participating in these activities! PDF is only worthwhile when it’s fully interoperable, and the Competence Centers are here to help maximize that outcome.


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