PDF Association Conference in Cologne (Day 1)

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Today was Day 1 of the PDF conference in Cologne. It was my first trip to this event, and here is what you missed if you did not attend…

The PDF Association exists to promote the PDF file format and the conference is a chance to hear from many speakers and catch up with what is going on in the PDF world.

The Show kicked off with an quick introduction to the PDF Association, followed by a Keynote from Frank Easton (HUK Coburg). He gave a detailed overflow about how he implemented a workflow for documents in a large insurance company, how PDF fitted the business needs to access any document quickly and be able to add comments. He also highlighted areas where the PDF format did not meet needs (such as the lack of transparency in Annotations). As part of this test, Frank had run 4 different PDF validators with four different results. So there is room for improvement…

7 minutes with a PDF standard saw a whistle stop tour of the current and future plans for the PDF file format, the new PDF 2.0 format and the subsets of PDF targeted at different uses (PDF/A, PDF/X, PDF/VT, etc). Did you know that the PDF file format contains references to other technical documents?

While the growth in digital has hit traditional publishing, a big growth area in printing is packaging so developments are being added to PDF to support this market.

After coffee, the conference split into a choice of 3 Tracks with a Beginners track, a more advanced track and a track with speakers in German (as English is not everyone’s language of choice.

Beginners had a talk on PDF basics, PDF/A and PDF/VT,

Advanced users had a talk on issues with PDF files and one one PDFBox (which also mentioned issues with PDF files), followed by a look at PDF Rendering.

German users had a selection of talks on PDF/A, mobile PDF and PDF for emails.

The day closed with a summary of sessions followed by food, beers, and Germany v. Portugal on the big screen.

Details of the conference are on the PDF association site and they will hopefully post the talks on their youtube channel.

Tomorrow is part two of the conference which is also running alongside the IText conference.

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Mark Stephens

System Architect and Lead Developer at IDRSolutions
Mark Stephens has been working with Java and PDF since 1999 and has diversified into HTML5, SVG and JavaFX. He also enjoys speaking at conferences and has been a Speaker at user groups, Business of Software, Seybold and JavaOne conferences. He has a very dry sense of humor and an MA in Medieval History for which he has not yet found a practical use.

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Mark Stephens has been working with Java and PDF since 1999 and has diversified into HTML5, SVG and JavaFX. He also enjoys speaking at conferences and has been a Speaker at user groups, Business of Software, Seybold and JavaOne conferences. He has a very dry sense of humor and an MA in Medieval History for which he has not yet found a practical use.

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