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Standards make the world work

Open Standards and ISO Standards
OpenDocument Format (ODF) and Portable Document Format (PDF)

ODF logo     PDF logo
makes digital information accessible for all

Open standards
ensures that your information is
available in the future for as many as possible
when today's IT technology, IT products and IT vendors are no longer

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"Huge challenge to read file formats in the future"

When reading this web page, please be aware:
  • OpenDocument Format (ODF) is ISO Standard since 2006

    • ODF V1.2 is approved by Microsoft and other key industry players:

    • Members of OASIS Approved
      OpenDocument Format (ODF) Version 1.2 as OASIS Standard (2011)

      Boeing, Fedict, IBM, Microsoft, Nokia, Novell, Oracle, Red Hat,
      U.S. Department of Defense, and others advance
      Open Format for Office Applications.

      To all users who care for access to own information and
      therefore want to save it in open document formats:
      Reasonably, Microsoft's support for ODF 1.2 means you as a user of MS Office
      now can require full support for ODF 1.2 in MS Office;
      ie, equivalent to Microsoft's support for its own (closed and proprietary)
      document formats in MS Office....
      ....allowing you to decide independently which office software you prefer.

  • Portable Document Format (PDF) is ISO Standard since 2008
    • The PDF technology is thus not owned by Adobe Systems.

Open Document Formats - Adoption

Enterprise information is far too valuable to be locked-in in proprietary
document formats completely owned and controlled by ICT vendors.

Open document formats ensure successful deployments of
long-term archiving and preservation solutions.

Open document formats - ODF & PDF - are now under worldwide deployment
for use in office suite solutions and enterprise systems,...
in the public sector and in the private industry.

Read about organizations that have chosen
to use open document standards:
Regulations demanding
open document standards in public sector
are coming everywhere!

See ODF adoption per country report here.

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The importance of switching to OpenDocument Format (ODF)
(Infographics by Open Forum Europe)
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Be aware not every software application,
tool or document claiming to follow a standard
is compliant with the actual standard.

Always verify with recognized tools!

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"The Home of the PDF Industry"

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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Happy 25th birthday, PDF!

Portable Document Format (PDF)
The world’s chosen electronic document format,
celebrates it’s 25th birthday on June 15, 2018.

PDF is the globally-accepted means
of sharing final-form documents.
The world would simply not know what to do without it.

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May 14 -- 16, 2018, Berlin

Agenda 25 & 10
25 years of PDF – 10 years as an ISO Standard

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PDF Days Europe is the most popular and most important 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.

    PDF Days Europe 2018 offered three optional tracks:
    • PDF for users! With use cases and practical solutions for business.
    • PDF for developers! Technical presentations around PDF 2.0.
    • PDF for marketers! Marketplace information & resources for PDF Association members.

    On May 14 -- 15, topics such as:
    • ISO standardized PDF: what’s current and what’s next
    • PDF market analysis
    • Next-generation PDF
    • PDF in mobile implementations
    • Accessible and reusable PDF files
    • Especially for PDF Association members:
      Resources to augment own marketing and much more!

    On May 16 PDF Days continued with an interesting post conference program,
    and for developers, a PDF 2.0 Interop Workshop.

    PDF Days Europe 2018 concludes with record number of attendees

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PDF Day 2018 at The National Archives/Washington DC
Jan. 29, 2018, Washington DC, USA

PDF Day 2018 at the National Archives an all-day event designed for
government and business professionals, managers, and executives
dealing with document management technology and policy.
This event brought industry experts, vendors, and managers
together to discuss the importance and utility of
the Portable Document Format (PDF) and its various ISO standards.

Summary of PDF Day 2018

Recordings (7:48:17):
18 informative sessions covering PDF, usecases and best practices

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PDF Association
PDF Days Europe 2017, Berlin.

Recorded sessions of PDF Days Europe 2017

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PDF Association
PDF Days Europe 2016, Berlin.

PDF - Learn all about it!
Efficient use. Optimal deployment.
Practical tips and tricks. Presentations and workshops.
PDF for IT managers, developers and users.

Recorded streaming sessions of PDF Days Europe 2016

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PDF Association
PDF Accessibility Days 2015, Copenhagen

Learn all about PDF/UA - the ISO Standard for Accessible PDF!

Presentations on efficient use and
best-practices for optimal deployment.
Practical tips and tricks.
Tools for creating accessible PDF documents.

Recorded sessions of PDF Accessibility Days Europe 2015

PDF: the de facto document technology
The Portable Document Format (commonly known as “PDF”)
is a file format developed in the early 1990s as a way to share
computer documents, including text formatting and inline images.
PDF technology was designed to allow for presentation of documents
independent of the application software, operating system and
hardware used to create them.

Today, PDF is the quintessential and ubiquitous "electronic document",
with trillions made each year.

Read more here.

ISO Standards based on PDF Technology
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Figure: PDF - ISO 32000 itself is a Standard

PDF Substandards for particular use - PDF/A, PDF/X, PDF/UA - Picture
Figure: PDF Substandards for particular use

Can a PDF easily comply to PDF/A, PDF/X and PDF/UA?
PDF standards are not mutually exclusive
A PDF document can simultaneously meet several standards,
for example both PDF/UA and PDF/A, both PDF/A and PDF/X.
callas pdfaPilot and pdfToolbox makes it happen
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PDF Association Flyers
Introduction and Overview of PDF-based ISO Standards
PDF Association - PDF/A - PDF/UA - NVDA Goes PDF/UA - PDF/VT

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ISO Standards for
PDF Technology

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PDF/A - ISO 19005:
Standards for
long-term digital archiving
of electronic documents

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PDF/UA - ISO 14289-1:
The standard for
universally accessible
PDF documents and forms

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NVDA Screen Reader Goes PDF/UA

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PDF/VT - ISO 16612-2
The PDF Standard for
Personalized Print

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PDF 2.0 - ISO 32000-2
Interop Workshops 2017
Preparing for the next-generation PDF

Recommended reading on PDF
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The ISO Standard PDF/A - Long-term Preservation/Archiving
From PDF/A-1 to PDF/A-3

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The ISO Standard PDF/UA - Accessible PDF documents

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The ISO Standard PDF/X - PDF for Printing

PDF Association Products and Services Guide 2018 (29MB)

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Products, Solutions and Services available from PDF Association Members

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Recommended webinars

PDF/Portable Document Format

What is it,
Who owns it,
Why it matters

Introduction to PDF

"This PDF – what is it for?"
A story from PDF’s early days

PDF Workflow

Introduction to PDF/A
(PDF/A-1, PDF/A-2, PDF/A-3)

PDF/A validation
with support of the PDF industry.
(Note! The term "definitive PDF/A validator"
is not used any longer by this project
for obvious reasons)

PDF/A-3 as preservation format

Introduction to PDF/X
and other standards

Introduction to PDF/UA

Tagging Page Content
(to PDF/UA compliance)

The accessibility experience:
How does a blind person navigate PDF documents and forms?

PDF 2.0 and the future of
accessible PDF (PDF/UA)

Intro to EPUB
(for PDF developers)

PDF Association helping government understand PDF

From recommendations to regulations,
PDF Association is here to help.

The PDF Association engages in many activities
as it follows its mission of promoting the adoption of
ISO standardized PDF technology around the world.

We provide information and resources to
government agencies and regulators
to help them develop
reference materials, guidelines, regulations and laws.
Read more here.

Initiatives for extensions of PDF Standards

Document Expectations Through the Ages
Humans have put their thoughts to media with the idea of
capturing these (documents) in time - for many millennia.
Readers’ expectations have changed constantly
and continually through the ages.
Read more here.

Next-Generation PDF
PDF and the “Any Screen” Challenge

PDF Association developing industry-based model
for addressing the “any screen” challenge.

When it comes to print,
PDF is today the standard format used just about everywhere.
When it comes to the web,
HTML and CSS have obtained a similar position.
However, in our changing world,
print and web flow together in all kinds of interesting ways.

Having a format capable of catering to both worlds,
with the strengths of both worlds, would be very exciting!

The PDF Association has been working on exactly
such a technology project to develop extensions to PDF.

Technology that would marry
the reliability and robustness of PDF
with the fluidity and elegance of HTML;
providing the best possible user experience for
each type of device and use case.

"Next-Generation PDF" is the code-name for extensions to
PDF technology currently under development.
These PDF extensions marry PDF’s core capabilities
to the flexibility of web technologies.

PDF Association unveiled this radical
development in PDF technology at
PDF Days Europe 2017

Pressrelease (Swedish): Project "Next-Generation PDF"

Recorded sessions of PDF Days Europe 2017

PDF Association Competence Centers

PDF Competence Center

PDF/A Competence Center

PDF/UA Competence Center

PDF/E Competence Center

PDF/VT Competence Center

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PDF Competence Center

ISO 3200 the International Standard for
the Portable Document Format (PDF).
PDF is widely recognized as
the richest and most robust document format.

The Purpose of PDF

The purpose of PDF is to enable users to exchange and view
all kinds of electronic documents easily and reliably,
independent of the environment in which they were created
or the environment in which they are viewed or printed.

PDF is a Platform

Platform technologies provide the infrastructure
for the applications end users actually use.

Far beyond a document format, PDF offers a sophisticated
foundation for many types of user applications.
Everyone accepts PDF.
A fixed-layout, shareable, self-contained document
meets a fundamental customer need.
Read more here.

PDF - The Only Digital Document Format
  • What is a "document"?
  • Digital documents
  • Dokuments are for keeping
  • Documents of the future

  • Google’s Trends data shows clearly that
    the number of searches for PDF documents
    relative to all other searches continues going up:
    Read more here.

    Why PDF?
  • Easy
  • Portability
  • Flexibility
  • Security
  • Authentication
  • Semantics
  • Non-Proprietary
  • Read more here.

    3 ways developers can impress the boss with PDF
    More than just a fancy way to paint a picture.

    3 smart PDF features for software developers of
    web-connected document applications:
    1. Linearized PDF
    2. PDF Annotations
    3. Tagged PDF
    Read more here.

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    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?
    Read more here.

    The case for PDF forms
    Far beyond only print,
    PDF forms offer vital electronic forms functionality.

    PDF forms vs HTML forms.
    The PDF file format includes many valuable features
    that HTML forms cannot match.
    Read more here.

    PDF in 2016:
    Broader, deeper, richer

    Bridging the page and the web, there's still nothing like PDF.

    Interest in PDF continues to climb.
    The world’s portable document format continues to go from
    strength to strength, with more specifications, more files,
    more users, more implementations and
    more developers worldwide.
    Read more here.

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    PDF 2.0 (ISO 32000-2)
    PDF specification now updated to version 2.0 (July, 2017)

    PDF 2.0 is feature-complete and helps developers worldwide
    find new applications for the Portable Document Format
    in many different areas.
    Read more here.

    PDF 2.0 examples now available (Aug., 2017)
    The first PDF 2.0 example files are now made available to the public.
    This initial set of PDF 2.0 examples were crafted by hand and
    intentionally made simple in construction to serve as
    teaching tools for learning PDF file structure and syntax.
    Read more here.

    PDF 2.0: The worldwide standard for electronic documents
    has evolved (Aug. 30, 2017)

    The Portable Document Format is perhaps
    the most common example of a de facto standard, so much
    so that Wikipedia features PDF on its “de facto standards” page.
    From Ethernet and 802.11 to HTTP and CSS,
    the modern computing stack consists of hundreds of standards.

    The way in which PDF exemplifies the specific value of
    standards is almost unique, for PDF’s value proposition
    - the reason why PDF is today’s worldwide
    de facto standard for electronic documents -
    is the fact of standardization itself.
    Read more here.

    PDF 2.0 - What will it bring? (2015)
    To put it simply:
    PDF 2.0 makes it easier for developers to
    create tools to manage electronic documents
    with more and better features at a reduced cost.
    For organizations that procure PDF technology PDF 2.0
    makes it easier to insist that vendors are delivering
    the highest-quality, most accessible and most
    capable PDF technology solutions available.
    Read more here.

    Webinar: What's coming in PDF 2.0 (2015).

    PDF in the Mobile World

    Solutions to access to PDF documents on
    smart phones and mobil devices with smaller screens.
    Read more here.

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    PDF or EPUB
    Give users what they want,
    and why EPUB can't replace PDF

    EPUB can't possibly substitute PDF when it comes to a
    general-purpose electronic document format usable for publishing,
    and all the other purposes to which PDF documents are put
    (formal documents, record-keeping, transaction records, etc.)

    • EPUB can’t do fixed layout and be accessible at the same time.

    • EPUB cannot deal with the case of a document
      that combines pages from various sources
      (Word, Excel, CAD software, scanner, etc).

    • EPUB has no model for color-management,
      which is not infrequently important to publishers.

    • EPUB cannot accommodate the application of accessibility
      structures to arbitrary graphics content,
      as PDF can.

    • EPUB lacks security and digital signature facilities;
      features that are native to PDF.

      Even for publications,
      support for the EPUB specification varies between
      EPUB readers from different vendors
      - users can’t get a consistent display result of publications,
      which in itself is totally unacceptable for publishing.
    Read more here.

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    TWAIN Working Group and PDF Association Announce PDF/raster
    The Next-Generation Format for Imaging

    PDF/raster provides the portability of PDF
    while offering the core functionality of TIFF.
    Read more here.

    PDF/raster 1.0 Documentation
    This document describes PDF/raster,
    a strict subset of the PDF file format designed
    for storing, transporting and exchanging
    multi-page raster-image documents.
    Download the document from here.

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    PDF/A Competence Center

    ISO 19005 (PDF/A)
    for long-term preservation/archiving of PDF documents.
    Ensures that digital documents can be reproduced in the future.

    Rules for Document Attachments:

    No attachments allowed.
    PDF/A-1 logo
    Example: Conversion of email to PDF/A-1:
    Attachments become additional PDF/A pages.
    Conformance levels:
    a - accessible, b - basic.

    Attachments as PDF/A allowed.
    PDF/A-2 logo
    Example: Conversion of email to PDF/A-2:
    Attachments are converted to PDF/A and embedded in document.
    Conformance levels:
    a - accessible, b - basic, u - unicode.

    Attachments in arbitrary formats - PDF/A and others - are allowed.
    PDF/A-3 logo
    Example: Conversion of email with attachments to PDF/A-3:
    Attachments as PDF/A and (in addition) embedded in original format.
    Conformance levels:
    a - accessible, b - basic, u - unicode.

    PDF/A-4 - The Upcoming Standard
    Will be PDF/A for PDF 2.0.
    Will be simpler, with no conformance levels.

    Application of the PDF/A Standard in Sweden

    Binding rules apply for all
    Swedish government agencies and bodies
    keeping public documents from state archives.

    For Swedish government authorities apply to electronic archiving
    of office documents and digital documents
    the authorities must follow
    Riksarkivet's/National Archives'
    general regulations and general guidelines:

    - RA-FS 2009:1 general guidelines for electronic documents
    - RA-FS 2009:2 technical requirements for electronic documents.

    As of now, 2016, for long-term archiving of
    office documents and electronic documents
    these regulations and guidelines prescribe
    the use of the file format: PDF/A-1.

    What ECM/e-archive professionals
    must know about PDF

    Ask your ECM/e-archive vendor to detail their
    support for PDF, or risk unecessary costs,
    increased risks and missed opportunities.

    Although PDF represents the bulk of content in
    ECM/e-archive systems the majority of such
    implementations do not handle PDF documents
    much differently than they way they’ve handled
    TIFF images for the past 25 years.

    Not all PDF creation software is equal.
    Exclude software that’s dangerous to your documents.
    Use ECM/e-archive software that understands PDF.
    Read more here.

    Making “information management” real

    A common portable container, PDF,
    to end the era of ECM vendor lock-in.

    Mostly, it’s the fact that a standardized,
    fully-supported and broadly-accepted portable container format
    would provide users with powerful technology
    independent of any specific vendor,
    ending the era of vendor lock-in.
    ECM Vendors don’t like that, but customers do.

    Over the next 5-10 years,
    expect to see PDF become the common portable container
    for a new era of smart, interconnected document and
    information management systems.
    Read more here.

    PDF/A and PDF/X at the same time

    How you create files that comply with
    both PDF/A and PDF/X.
    Read more here.

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    PDF/UA Competence Center

    ISO 14289 (PDF/UA) for universally accessible PDF.
    PDF/UA is of interest to organizations concerned
    with conformance to regulations requiring
    accessible electronic content.

    PDF/UA defines the technical requirements that must be
    considered when the PDF document is created
    to be universally accessible for all.
    The standard specifies how relevant PDF content
    (such as semantic content, text content, images,
    form fields, comments, bookmarks, and metadata)
    may be used in PDF/UA-compliant documents.

    Properly tagged PDFs are essential and a prerequisite
    for accessibility so that screen reader devices for
    visually impaired people or reading software for
    users with learning disabilities can provide
    rich access to a PDF’s content.

    PDF tags are also an effective method to improve
    Search Engine Optimization (SEO).

    Even automated text extraction from PDF documents
    is easier with well-tagged documents

    PDF/UA-2 - The Upcoming Standard
    Will be PDF/UA for PDF 2.0.

    PDF/UA - The ISO standard for universal accessibility - Introduction

    PDF/UA Introduction by PDF Association

    Application of the PDF/UA Standard in Sweden

    Access to digital information is a fundamental right for everyone.

    Sweden as a nation stands by:
    - UN Declaration of Human Rights,
    - UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, and
    - the Swedish Discrimination Act.

    PDF/UA is applicable for Swedish government agencies and bodies
    in making public sector documents universally accessible for all.

    The Value of Tagged PDF
    Tagged PDF offers a lot more than access to users with disabilities.
    From search engines to mobile devices, tagged PDF offers
    powerful options to make content "accessible for all"
    thanks to reuse of page-based content.
    Read more here.

    PDF Association
    "The Matterhorn Protocol"

    An introduction to the definitive algorithm
    for PDF/UA conformance

    PDF/UA Conformance Testing Model

    PDF/UA conformance requires
    validation of both syntax and semantic.

    The Matterhorn Protocol specifies a common set of
    31 "Checkpoints" with 136 failure conditions, whereof
    - 89 failure conditions can be checked by software, and
    - 47 failure conditions usually require human judgment.

    Using PDF/UA in accessibility checklists (2018)

    PDF/UA to simplifies the accessibility process.
    Applying PDF/UA to accessibility-validation processes allows one
    to package sets of tests together, streamlining the validation process.
    Read more here.

    The relationship between PDF/UA and WCAG 2
    Why WCAG 2 might be erring with its "one-size-fits-all" philosophy

    Interview with Duff Johnson,
    Executive Director of the PDF Association.
    Read more here.

    Webinar: WCAG 2.0 vs PDF/UA-1 (2015)

    Achieving WCAG 2.0 with PDF/UA

    Why aren’t the PDF Techniques for WCAG 2.0 sufficient?

    Creators and vendors who deliver PDF files are in many cases asked
    to deliver PDF files in conformance with WCAG 2.0.
    For many vendors this is unknown territory, and WCAG 2.0 does not
    provide sufficient PDF-specific technical information to achieve similar
    results between situations or implementations.

    The AIIM guide, "Achieving WCAG 2.0 with PDF/UA",
    shows what’s necessary to create, process and validate,
    (in PDF file-format and conforming reader terms),
    a PDF/UA conforming document and reader
    to meet all applicable WCAG 2.0 Success Criteria.
    Read more here.

    PDF/UA becomes an American national standard

    Accessibility best-practices for websites and
    electronic documents increasingly specify
    WCAG 2.0 for HTML/CSS/JavaScript content and video,
    and PDF/UA for electronic documents.

    New Section 508 rules applies to all forms of federal ICT,
    regardless of file format or method of distribution.
    Section 508 applies to all ICT / all forms of digital communication.
    Not just websites, but documents, media, blogs, social media, etc.,
    for all public-facing ICT, plus 9 categories on non-public-facing ICT
    including personnel actions, questionnaires or surveys,
    templates or forms, education or training materials,
    web-based intranets.

    Section 508 defines by reference international accessibility standards:
    - WCAG 2.0 for websites and HTML information, and
    - PDF/UA-1 for PDF files

    PDF/UA is consistent with WCAG 2.0,
    but far more technically specific,
    and provides a clear-cut means of
    affirming that a given PDF document
    meets high standards for accessibility.
    Read more here.

    New Section 508 rules require PDF/UA for PDF 1.7 creators
    The US Access Board has issued new rules updating its
    “Section 508” accessibility requirements.
    PDF/UA-1 support is required for
    PDF creation software producing PDF 1.7 files.
    Read more here.

    Details are at The US Access Board website

    Using accessible PDF for school exams

    Interview with Ted Page, Dig Inclusion, UK.
    Read more here.

    Microsoft to “improve support” for PDF/UA in 2016
    Read more here.

    PDF/UA from Google Docs is coming soon!
    Read more here.

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    PDF/E Competence Center

    ISO 24517 (PDF/E) specifies how PDF should be used for
    for the creation of documents in engineering workflows;
    including 3D in the PDF/E context and
    archiving of engineering content.
      Key benefits of PDF/E include:
      • Dramatically reduces requirements for
        expensive proprietary software.
      • Lowers storage and exchange costs as compared to paper.
      • Facilitates trustworthy exchange and markup
        across multiple applications and platforms.
      • Vendor-independent; PDF/E is developed and
        maintained by the PDF/E ISO committee.
    PDF/E-2 - The Upcoming Standard
    Will be PDF/E for PDF 2.0.
    Will provide an archival model for
    engineering content including 3D.

    A point of contact of the benefits of PDF/E
    in almost every engineering field.

    PDF/E Competence Center is a platform
    for information and discussion for experts in
    3D technology, architects and construction specialists,
    as well as developers of PLM applications.
    For all engineers who use PDF technology as an
    integral component of their day-to-day work.
    Read more here.

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    PDF/VT Competence Center
    PDF/VT - An International Standard for Personalized Print

    ISO 16612-2 (PDF/VT) is optimized for the specific needs of
    Variable (“V”) and Transactional (“T”) workflows.
    PDF/VT efficiently addresses the requirements of modern
    Variable Data Printing (VDP), bringing all the well-known
    advantages of PDF workflow to the world of personalized print.

    PDF/VT - A New Communication Standard
    Printing Industries of America is drawing the attention of
    the printing and communications industries to the PDF/VT standard
    by explaining how its benefits can offer a solution.
    Read more here.

    PDF/VT - Application Notes
    The PDF/VT Application Notes discuss topics that aid
    implementers of PDF/VT workflow tools and demonstrate
    the various design features of the PDF/VT file format.
    Read more here.

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    "Best Practices for Print, Publishing & Packaging Workflows"

    This is the Ghent Workgroup
    Take a cross-section of the international
    graphic arts community’s best minds and
    have them work together to develop best practices
    for the benefit of the profession worldwide.

    Purpose of the Ghent Workgroup
    To create practical workflow tools that make your
    daily production tasks easier and faster for publishing,
    packaging, wide format and industrial print processes.

    Benefits of the Ghent Workgroup Today
    Driven by industry trends, end users are able to formalize
    implementation of PDF/X standards for data exchange via GWG.
    GWG Specifications are now the recognized PDF reference
    for the current printing and publishing industries.

    Read more at Ghent Workgroup.

    25 years of PDF – Celebrating with Ghent Work Group
    25 years of PDF – Celebrating with GWG.

    Business value comes from always accessible enterprise information.
    Protect your values in future-proof open document formats:

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    Details on
    OpenDocument Format (ODF) and Portable Document Format (PDF)


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    Archiving of 3D Documents using PDF/A-3 and PDF/E-2

    PDF/A - logo PDF/E - logo
    Recommendations on archiving 3D documents

    Conversion of Fillable/Interactive PDF Forms to PDF/A
      PDF/A forbids some of the features that will be needed by most fillable forms.
      This makes it impractical to have a fillable PDF form that also
      at the same time is PDF/A conforming.

      The way around this is as follows:
      • make the fillable PDF form as much PDF/A conforming as possible
      • send it out for being filled in
      • once filled in, send it through a PDF/A conversion process
        (preferably with callas pdfaPilot Desktop/Server or CLI);
        this last step will make minor adjustments to align the PDF form with the PDF/A requirements
        (e.g. remove JavaScript, adjust certain properties of form fields and so on,
        but without changing the visual appearance, and, most importantly,
        without removing the payload/the data as filled in)

    Recommended solutions for migration/conversion/validation/tagging
    and output management of document files to its ISO Standards
    PDF, PDF/A (PDF/A-1, PDF/A-2, PDF/A-3),
    PDF/E, PDF/UA, PDF/VT, PDF/X, and PDF to HTML5

    Supported Export Formats:
    callas software pdfToolbox - Logo
      callas pdfToolbox
      Provides preflight/validation, correction,
      color management and optimization
      of PDF files for graphics industry and
      creatives, prepress, print production,
      packaging and digital publishing.
    Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
    callas software pdfaPilot - Logo
      callas pdfaPilot
      Provides preflight/validation, correction,
      and optimization of PDF/A files for
      document archiving/e-archiving and
      long-term preservation.
    Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
    callas software pdfChip - Logo
      callas pdfChip
      Command-line conversion tool that takes
      an HTML file, optionally augmented using
      CSS3 and JavaScript, and performs a
      high-quality conversion to PDF that is
      ready for print or archival.
      Provides optimization of PDF files,
      including PDF/X and PDF/A.
    Yes Yes Yes Yes
    callas software pdfgohtml - Logo
      callas pdfGoHTML
      Shows the tagging structure of
      PDF files to verify compliance with
      the ISO standard PDF/UA for
      Universally Accessible PDF Documents.
      Free plug-in to Adobe® Acrobat®.

    LuraTech PDF Compressor - Logo
    Luratech PDF Compressor
      LuraTech PDF Compressor Enterprise
      Provides OCR, advanced compression and
      conversion of document files to PDF/A;
      production software for scan service
      providers and for long-term archiving
      in PDF/A format.
    Yes Yes

    LuraTech Mobile PDF - Logo
    LuraTech Mobile PDF
      LuraTech Mobile PDF
      Professional solution for scanning,
      OCR, compression and conversion
      of documents with smartphones and
      tablets to PDF and PDF/A.
    Yes Yes

    axaio software MadeToPrint - Logo
      axaio MadeToPrint
      The intelligent print, publishing and
      export solution for publishers, printers,
      creative agencies and package printing,
      for output standardization, preflighting,
      optimization and automation from
      within Adobe® InDesign®, Illustrator®,
      InCopy® and QuarkXPress®.
    Yes Yes Yes

    axaio software MadeToTag - Logo
      axaio MadeToTag
      Plugin for Adobe InDesign, to properly
      prepare InDesign documents for export
      as accessible PDF documents according
      to the ISO Standard PDF/UA for
      "universally accessible PDF" and
      to PDF/A-2a for long-term archiving.
    Yes Yes

    axesPDF for Word - Text banner
      axesPDF for Word
      1-Click creation of accessible PDF/UA
      documents out of Word documents.

    axesPDF QuickFix - Text banner
      axesPDF Quickfix
      PDF checking and remediation tool to
      make accessible PDF/UA documents.

    Actino software - Actino HTML5 Publisher - Icon
      Actino HTML5 Publisher
      Application for online publishing to
      auto-convert PDF-documents into
      pure HTML5 for viewing of documents
      in browsers and on mobile devices.
    Yes Yes

    Actino software - Actino DPS - Icon
    Yes Yes Yes Yes

    Actino software - Actino DRM - Icon
    Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes

    Access for all - logo
      PDF Accessibility Checker (PAC)
      Freeware application that provides
      a fast way to test the accessibility of
      PDF files according to the ISO Standard
      for universally accessible PDF, PDF/UA.

    Access for all - logo
      Freeware PDF reader designed for
      computer users who are visually impaired.
      (Not meant for blind persons using
      screen readers like NVDA or JAWS).

    NV Access - logo
      NonVisual Desktop Access (NVDA)
      Freeware "screen reader" application
      which enables blind and vision impaired
      people to use computers.
      Reads the text on the screen in a
      computerised voice.

    Canvasflow Ltd - Logo

      Canvasflow Cloud
      HTML5 authoring tool
      making digital content production
      made simple.

    Yes Yes

    Twixl Publisher - TP - Logo
      Twixl Publisher
      Content publishing
      on mobile devices
      for rich user experiences.
    Yes Yes

    Recommended solutions for securing your information assets
    in OpenDocument Format (ODF)

    ODF logo

    With information stored in OpenDocument Format (ODF) you are free to
    choose among many office software suites and enterprise systems.

    Alternative ICT solutions running on
    Windows, Linux, Mac OS X, Solaris or as cloud-based services.

    Alternatives that secure access to valuable information assets
    - now and in the future.

    Oct.5, 2011
    ODF Version 1.2 - Approved as OASIS Standard
    Boeing, Fedict, IBM, Microsoft, Nokia, Novell, Oracle, Red Hat,
    U.S. Department of Defense, and others advance
    OpenDocument Format for Office Applications.

    June 17, 2015
    ODF Version 1.2 - Published ISO Standard approved by ISO/IEC JTC1.
    ISO/IEC 26300-1:2015, ISO/IEC 26300-2:2015, and ISO/IEC 26300-3:2015.

    Wikipedia on applications supporting OpenDocument Format (ODF) fully or partially

    Apache - logo
    Apache OpenOffice

    LibreOffice - logo

    Calligra Suite - logo
    Calligra Suite
    KOffice - logo
    Google Docs - logo
    Google Docs
    IBM Docs - logo
    IBM Docs
    Microsoft Office 2016 - logo
    Microsoft Office 2016

    Microsoft Office 365 - logo
    Microsoft Office 365

    Above: Samples of office software suites with expressed support for
    OpenDocument Format (ODF) and Portable Document Format (PDF):
    (For download/access to said software - click on related logotype)

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