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The PDF Association is the meeting-place of the PDF industry. Originally launched as the PDF/A Competence Center in 2006, the organization’s original function was to promote common understanding of the PDF/A archival subset of the PDF format. It was during this period that the PDF Association developed its PDF/A Technical Notes and the Isartor Test Suite, critical building-blocks for modern implementations of the PDF/A specification.

In 2009 the ISO confirmed the PDF/A Competence Center’s status as a┬ácategory A liaison with ISO TC 171 SC 2, allowing the organization to act as a conduit for information between members and the ISO committees managing most PDF and PDF subset standards.

In 2011 the PDF/A Competence Center became the PDF Association, and formally expanded its scope to include all PDF and PDF-related standards.

The mission of the PDF Association is to promote awareness and adoption of ISO-standardized PDF technology worldwide.


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2019: a new logo

December 31, 2018
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2006: The PDF/A Competence Center A new year brings new things, and 2019 is no exception! The “four red blocks” …

Electronic Document Conference: Call for Papers

November 26, 2018
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This event allows those engaged with electronic document technology focusing on developers, product managers, professional document users, creative professionals and …

The new PDF Association website

January 3, 2018
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Welcome to the brand new PDF Association website. This sweeping relaunch has a modern and user-friendly interface and offers interesting …


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PDF Association membership offers many technical benefits to developers and significant marketing value to software publishers.

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