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PDF Plays the Longest Game in Tech

A recent article on Medium reveals a nugget regarding PDF usage: “…Adobe reports that in its 2020 fiscal year alone, about 303 billion PDFs were opened using its Document Cloud service, a 17% annual increase….” As the article rightly points …



The new PDF 2.0 and subset standards

The just-released 2nd edition of PDF 2.0, ISO 32000-2:2020 replaces the 2017 edition. This is the finalized publication that we previously discussed; what ISO calls a ‘dated revision’.  In addition to many important clarifications and corrections to the 2017 publication, …



ISO 32000-2:2020 is now available

The 2020 edition includes a number of critical updates to normative references as well as other corrections and clarifications. It replaces the 2017 edition.



Proposed Regulation for Digitizing US Government Records

The US National Archives and Records Administration’s new proposal for standardization of digitization of permanent federal records is available for comment.



Chrome adds support for Tagged PDF

On July 29 Google announced that starting with Chrome 85, the world’s leading browser will automatically generate a tagged PDF when you choose the “Save as PDF” option. Since web browsers took over mainstream PDF viewing several years ago, high-quality …



veraPDF 1.16 is now available

The latest release of the industry-supported PDF/A validator has been released. An open source project developed by the Open Preservation Foundation and the PDF Association, veraPDF includes four components: The implementation checker validating all parts and conformance levels of ISO 19005 …



“Requirements for Archiving Email using PDF” draft report now available for comment

The objective of the draft report on archiving email with PDF is to describe how advanced PDF-based capture, preservation, rendering, and distribution options for email can deliver long-term value to organizations, communities, and everyday users.



Updated draft PDF 2.0 standard publicly available

Now available from ISO: the Draft International Standard (DIS) version of the latest ISO 32000-2 (PDF 2.0) standard is ready for download. Notable changes include support for Reiwa, the new Japanese era, and additional clarifications and corrections.



In memory of Karl De Abrew

In the late 1990s Karl’s ‘Planet PDF’ created a worldwide PDF community and went on to found successful companies leveraging PDF technology. A warm and generous personality, Karl inspired and encouraged thousands through his energy, talents and vision, and was …



Recently identified PDF encryption vulnerabilities

These vulnerabilities require an attacker to modify an encrypted PDF file, potentially leading to the exfiltration of the document’s contents to an external server. This class of problem is not specific to PDF per se, but is applicable to most …