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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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Slides and video recordings of PDF Days Europe 2018

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PDF Days Europe 2018 concludes with record number of attendees

Richard Cohn, Principal Scientist at Adobe and the co-author of PDF 1.0, gave the opening keynote at the PDF Days Europe 2018.

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

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Who owns PDF?

Most people closely identify PDF with Adobe Systems. We can’t fault the typical end-user for this perception – Adobe did invent PDF back in 1993, and has developed, maintained and distributed the ubiquitous free Adobe Reader and commercial Adobe Acrobat software ever since.

But Adobe no longer owns PDF. The company gave the format to the ISO in 2008 – the PDF specification is now formally known as ISO 32000. While the company still makes the most commonly-recognized PDF software, Adobe is now just one of many companies sending representatives to ISO 32000 meetings to discuss the next-generation PDF specification and the various subset standards for PDF.

Does it matter?

I’m often speaking with IT executives, CIOs, directors and other technical policy managers in large corporations and government agencies. The subject is generally a critical business-process or set of project requirements. All such managers want to avoid “vendor lock-in”. And with PDF, it seems, it’s still commonly believed that using a PDF technology solution implies some sort of commitment to Adobe Systems. It’s not so.

PDF is everywhere – in every country and almost every organization across the globe. It’s impossible to ignore, and for IT professionals, it makes a lot of sense to understand a little bit about it.

Here are some facts about PDF that every information management professional should know.

1o facts about PDF every IT professional should know

  1. PDF stands for Portable Document Format
  2. Unlike TIFF or JPEG, which are simply image formats, PDF is a type of electronic document
  3. PDF isn’t the only final-form electronic document technology, but it’s far-and-away the most dominant
  4. Adobe Systems invented but no longer owns PDF. On July 1, 2008, Adobe’s PDF Reference 1.7 became ISO 32000, an International Standard
  5. ISO 32000 is managed by representatives of industry and government in open meetings under parliamentary rules. Anyone can observe and participate
  6. ISO standards for PDF technology now include specifications for archival, accessibility, engineering, prepress and more
  7. Anyone may create applications that read and write PDF files without paying royalties to Adobe Systems or to anyone else
  8. Adobe is not the only provider of PDF creation, manipulation or viewing software, there are hundreds of other PDF technology vendors
  9. Tens of billions of PDF files exist today, with billions more created each year
  10. The very first PDF file was a tax form, specifically, an IRS form 1040

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