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The PDF Association publishes a variety of documents and other resources to help developers, product managers, and others interested in leveraging PDF to meet their business and organizational objectives.

Most publications listed on pdfa.org are developed through our publications process, and are freely available to members and non-members alike.

PDF Association members may access drafts of current and upcoming ISO standards via the members-only intranet.

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PDF Declarations

PDF in general

ISO-standardized subsets of PDF such as PDF/A, PDF/UA and PDF/X already include identification mechanisms. However, in many cases users of PDF files would like to leverage 3rd party standards or …

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ISO 19593-1 (PDF Processing Steps)

With PDF Processing Steps standardization, packaging and pro workflow components may be shared language-independent, vendor-neutral way, including specifications for cutting, varnishing, embossing, adding braille and other post-print operations right in the PDF.

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About the PDF Association

What is the PDF Association, and what are the benefits of membership? This video helps explain.

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PDF Products & Services 2018

PDF Association members showcase the diversity of electronic document solutions in “PDF Products & Services 2018”.

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2018 PDF Day DC – the sessions

January 29, 2018 was PDF Day in Washington DC! This event brought industry experts, vendors, consultants, integrators and agency professionals┬átogether to discuss how PDF technology can contribute to enhancing the government’s workflows.

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PDF experts

This short video highlights the wide-ranging expertise within the membership and the PDF Association’s mission to promote awareness of ISO-standardized PDF technology.

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PDF Days; education, connections and more

A window into PDF Days, this PDF Association video showcases some of the reasons to attend – and for members, to sponsor – PDF Days events.

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ISO 32000-2 (PDF 2.0)

ISO 32000-2 is the first PDF specification developed within the ISO working-group structure. It includes numerous new features, rewritten clauses, corrections, clarifications and much more.

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Adobe documents referenced from ISO 32000-2:2017

A number of documents, originally published by Adobe Systems, are normatively referenced from ISO 32000-2:2017. Adobe has made these documents freely available, and has asked the PDF Association to host them.

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PDF/Raster 1.0

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

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Technical Note 0010: Clarifications of ISO 19005, parts 1-3 for developers of PDF/A creators and validators

TechNote 0010 offers ISO TC 171 SC 2 WG 5-reviewed and industry-supported clarifications of ISO 19005, parts 1-3 for developers of PDF/A creators and validators.

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