Reduced ticket fee for
PDF Days Europe 2018

As reported earlier, the conference PDF Days Europe will take place this year on May 14th and 15th again in Berlin.

As the first presenter of the conference, I have the honor to introduce the keynote of PDF developer Richard Cohn from Adobe. I will report my personal experience with PDF in the past 27 years.

Readers of PDF-AKTUELL can get the reduced tickets for EUR 299,00 instead of EUR 377,31 (net) by entering the promotion code PDE18-Jubilee-Prepress on the bottom of the order page. Attention: Enter the number of tickets only after entering the promotion code!


Results of Ghent Workgroup Survey

Last year the Ghent Workgroup (GWG) has conducted a worldwide survey on PDF workflow in seven languages. Now a summary of the results with comments was published. The results are also discussed in a comprehensive video (49′). Especially interesting is the fact that the current results were compared with the results of similar surveys conducted in 1998 and 2008. 

In total 1109 people have answered the survey. Surprisingly more than a third of the participants picked PDFX-ready at this question:


Recordings of GWG webinars

Recently the Ghent Workgroup (GWG) has conducted eight webinars. The recordings are available here:


Agenda of PDF Days Europe 2018

PDF Association has published the agenda of PDF Days Europe 2018. The conference will take place again in Berlin on May 14th and 15th. On May 16th there will also be some additional Post Conference Workshops. The majority of the sessions will be in english.

For the first time there will be three tracks in parallel:

  • PDF for users
  • PDF for developers
  • PDF for marketers

Of course PDF 2.0 will be an important topic at this years conference. In addition two anniversaries will be celebrated:

As the first presenter of the conference, I have the honor to introduce the keynote of PDF developer Richard Cohn from Adobe. I will report my personal experience with PDF in the past 27 years since I was present at the first public presentation of the PDF concept by Adobe founder John Warnock at the Seybold conference in San Jose in 1991.

Reduced ticket fee

Readers of PDF-AKTUELL can get the reduced tickets for EUR 299,00 instead of 377,31 (net) by entering the promotion code  PDE18-Jubilee-Prepress on the bottom of the order page. Attention: Enter the number of tickets only after entering the promotion code!


Free Webinar on
Ghent PDF Output Suite 5.0

On January, 11th I have conducted a webinar for the Ghent Workgroup (GWG) on the Ghent PDF Output Suite 5.0 for which I am the project leader in my role as co-chair of the Process Control subcommittee of the Ghent Workgroup.

The webinar recording is available and you can also view or download the presentation.


PDF Accessibility Checker Version 3.0 (PAC 3)

PAC, the PDF Accessibility Checker, is a free tool provided by the swiss not for profit Organisation «Acces for All» which allows accessibility checking of PDF documents according the PDF/UA standard.

PAC 3, the new version of the checker, can be downloaded here.

Unfortunaltey there is still no Mac version available.


Three articels on PDF 2.0 in SD Times

SD (Software Development) Times has published three articles on PDF 2.0 in the December issue:

For the articles they have interviewed some members of the PDF Association, who were involved in the development of the PDF 2.0 specification (ISO 32000-2). There is also an overview of the current status of the PDF 2.0 implementations in the most important PDF developer tools.


MadeToPrint & MadeForLayers
support Processing Steps

The latest versions of the Axaio plug-ins for InDesign MadeToPrint and MadeForLayers allow the definition and the PDF export of layers with Processing Steps metadata:

PDF Processing Steps were defined by the Ghent Workgroup and will soon be releases as ISO-Standard 15993. PDF Processing Steps allow standardized identification of non-printing objects in packaging files (e.g. dieline, braille, varnish, folding) and help automating production.


Ghent Workgroup Webinars

In the upcoming weeks the Ghent (PDF) Workgroup (GWG) is organizing a series of free webinas. These webinars are hold by well known PDF experts from Europe and the US. Recordings of past webinars are also available.

I will conduct a webinar about the Ghent PDF Output Suite on January 11th, 2018.


One year PDFX-ready Online Tools

In the morning of Octobre 26th, 2016 we have launched the PDFX-ready Online Tools. which I had developed for PDFX-ready. Right at the beginning we offered three tools:

There is a FREEWARE and PREMIUM versions for members of PDFX-ready.

The experience we made in the past year is pretty good. The Enfocus Switch server with the applications Callas pdfToolbox and ColorLogic ProfileTagger is running very stable. But of course there were a few problems.

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