Tag: standards

PDF Standards

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Years ago (and years!) when we used to talk about PDF as being the most prominent document format, we’d always have to add a quick, under-the-breath, ‘de-facto standard’. But when it came to being 100 percent assured that it would be around in years to come, it’s always been a case of biting our collective lips and hoping for the best. What we would do if Adobe pulled the plug? Over the past two years, though, it’s been nothing but standards, standards, standards when it comes to PDF. In fact, there are so many that it’s easy to lose track. In this feature article, Planet PDF Editor Karl De Abrew helps to de-mystify the ever-increasing range of PDF-based standards.

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PDF Days coming to Washington and NYC

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In just a few weeks, PDF Days are coming to the US with dedicated multi-track, all-day educational events in both Washington (December 10) and New York City (December 11).

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GWG releases whitepaper on PDF/VT, PDF variable data printing standard

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The Ghent Workgroup (GWG) has released a whitepaper that explains PDF/VT, the ISO standard for use with PDF-based variable data and transactional printing.

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This week in PDF: activePDF updates PDF creation and manipulation products

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This week in PDF has seen the announcement of updates to server-based PDF creation and manipulation, and a standards body has released a new set of guidelines in response to recent changes to MS Office and Acrobat.

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This week in PDF: PDF validation and repair

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This week in PDF has seen updates to a PDF/A validation tool and a PDF repair application, while another vendor has released an optional PDF/A-related component. Staying in the same themes of quality assurance and compliance, a standards body has released a new suite for testing PDF workflows.

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PDF Standardizer released

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Following its announcement in November of last year, PDF Standardizer was commercially released on Feb 24. A joint project by Enfocus Software and Alwan Color Expertise, the new product combines Alwan’s CMYK Optimizer technology with Enfocus’ PitStop Server, using Enfocus FullSwitch tool to automate the workflow.

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QualityLogic announces PDF testing products

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QualityLogic, a provider of QA and QC test tools and services for the imaging and telecom industries has announced the release of three new PDF interoperability test for developers of products that consume the PDF file format.

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This week in PDF: Dynamic ads in PDF?

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This week in PDF has seen the release of an Adobe-Yahoo joint project to deliver ads in PDF documents, the passing of an ISO ballot for PDF 1.7 and an update to a PDF creation tool.

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This week in PDF: PDF competitor to form basis for new document standard

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While Adobe courted controversy with its ‘Send to FedEx Kinko’s’, this week in PDF sees drafting begin on a standard based on a PDF competitor, the release of a free, PDF-based patent widget and a major update to a PDF printing tool.

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PDF goes to ISO: The road ahead

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In his second of two articles on the topic, Duff Johnson looks at the consequences of PDF’s adoption as a formal standard, drawing on input from 3rd-party PDF gurus and PDF originator, Adobe Systems.

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