The PDF/A competence center organized its fourth international PDF/A Conference this year. Berlin – a focal point is the new part of PDF/A-2, which is nearing its completion. Experts there to inform the further development of the standard and explain whether, when and how a conversion makes sense. In addition, some vendors within the exhibition present their first PDF/A-2 ready “-solutions.” The PDF/A Conference will take place from 29 September to 1 October 2010 in Rome. The participation costs 890 euro + VAT More information and registration at. End of 2005 the ISO Committee ISO TC 171 has published as international standard ISO 19005-1 for long-term archiving format PDF/A-1. In particular the areas of administration, archives, libraries and publishers, banks and insurance companies, as well as the industry benefit from PDF/A, because they can permanently archive digital documents with this standard. Work on the second part of the standard, PDF/A-2, from a technical perspective was completed in the summer of this year. With its Publication is expected in early 2011. While PDF/a-1 is based on the PDF format version 1.4, PDF/A-2, then based on the stand-alone ISO 32000-1, can take advantage of, which were only available with PDF version 1.7. Include other following significant improvements include: JPEG2000 image compression the recording of the powerful JPEG2000 compression is interesting for scanned documents, as is hereby higher compression rates and better quality can be achieved than with the older JPEG format. Furthermore, JPEG2000 offers also a lossless compression. Embedded PDF/A compliant files via collections the collections portfolio in Acrobat “called. Combine with this function, the user can multiple files in a container-PDF”. PDF/A-collections to be PDF/A-2 now from several PDF/A compliant files together. Other file formats as PDF/A are explicitly not allowed in these collections. A good example is about archiving emails and attachments in a PDF/A-collection. Already, the PDF/A-1 digital signatures allows the use of electronic signatures. In PDF/A-2, the signatures are now incorporated under the PadES standard, the European Telecommunications Standards Institute, issued and used. PAdES (PDF advanced electronic signatures) is a set of constraints and extensions to the PDF standard according to ISO 32000-1 PDF/A-2 also offers other innovations such as the advanced appearance of transparency, support for PDF layers, the direct involvement of OpenType fonts and additional possibilities for the use of metadata,”including Olaf Drummer, Member of the Board of the PDF/A competence center, together. To what extent these justify a move to the new part, users should evaluate individually.” In addition, the PDF/A Conference offers an excellent platform for information. All innovations and improvements are workshops, lectures, and a keynote address from the user and developer perspective considered. We want to advise the participants in their deliberations whether they should upgrade to PDF/A-2, through our knowledge and support”, so Daram. You also get successfully to implement the necessary know-how to a migration strategy.” Companies and public organizations that favor PDF/A-2, need to insert of course tools that take into account the new part. Adobe has already confirmed that the next versions of its products for PDF/A-2 support. At the exhibition accompanying the PDF/A Conference company show how callas, LurTech, PDF tools and SEAL systems first PDF/A-2 ready “-products.” PDF/A, PDF / A is the ISO standard 19005 for long-term archiving in PDF format. It represents a restricted version of PDF, a standardized profile for the use of PDF in long-term archiving. The standard prescribes in detail what content is allowed and which are not. A long term readability of documents should be guaranteed by these and other provisions and regardless of which application software and on what operating system they were originally created. The benefits of PDF/A, such as for example the ability to full-text search, make it a preferred archiving format that has now displaced the TIFF format at numerous international authorities and companies. About the PDF/A competence center the PDF/A competence center was as an International Association founded in 2006. Aim of the Association is the promotion of information and exchange of experience in the area of long-term archiving in accordance with ISO 19005: PDF/A. The Board of Directors is composed of executives of the companies callas software GmbH, compart AG, intarsys consulting GmbH, LurTech Europe GmbH, PDF Tools AG (CH), PDFlib GmbH and the SEAL systems AG together. Period of less than three years competence center joined about 100 companies and various experts from about 20 countries the PDF/A as a member. Chairman of the Board is Harald Grumser, CEO of compart AG. Dr. Hans Barfuss, CEO of PDF Tools AG, Switzerland, is Deputy Chairman of the Managing Board. Their editorial team contacts PDF/A competence center c/o LurTech Europe GmbH Thomas Zellmann Kant str.