The first of a two part, multinational event tour by the PDF Association has been touted as a success. The event discussed a number of PDF related topics and celebrated the mile stone of 20 years for the PDF format. Participants gained a fully-grounded insight into all the different PDF standards from PDF/A and PDF/UA to PDF/X, PDF/E, PDF/VT and of course PDF itself. The second conference is being held in North America on the 14th and 15th of August.
Further ISO PDF standards have started to make themselves known, including PDF/A for long-term archiving, PDF/E for exchanging engineering data (including PDF-based 3D models), PDF/UA for universal accessibility, PDF/VT for high-volume variable and transactional printing, and PDF/X for pre-press work.
On day one, Leonard Rosenthol of Adobe Systems talked about the future of PDF, discussing his experiences in PDF standardisation both with Adobe and with a number of international standardisation bodies. On the second day Mozilla’s Marco Zehe opened day with his keynote speech “Document accessibility for software developers”.
First established as the PDF/A Competence Center in 2006, today, the PDF Association is an international organization promoting awareness and adoption of open standards in digital document applications using PDF technology. The regularly host conferences for those developing with PDF.
The next Technical Conference will take place on the 14th and 15th of August 2013, in Seattle more information can be found out at their website followed by PDF/A Users’ Day on the 16th of August 2013, more about that later.