Who: Dietrich von Seggern
Company: callas software GmbH
Position: Managing Director
PDF Association: The PDF Days Europe will be held in Berlin again. Do you have any personal relationship with Berlin?
Dietrich von Seggern: Yes, definitely. I first came to Berlin in 1980 for university. My professional career made me leave the city in 1995 but I returned in 2002 when I joined callas. I remember that after 6 months I realized how much I enjoyed being back and I decided to never leave again. It is a nice city to live in, and I have the feeling that people very much live according to what its greatest king, Frederic, said: “Everybody may become happy according to his (or her) own fashion.”
PDF Association: At the PDF Days Europe, you will be hosting a presentation titled “ The Future of PDF/A and Validation” – what’s that about?
Dietrich von Seggern: New things have happened or are about to happen in the PDF and PDF/A world: there is the veraPDF project, in which the PDF Association took the lead in developing an open source PDF/A validator. The results of veraPDF can be seen as a major achievement in the history of PDF/A. What does that mean for existing or new PDF/A processes?
And then there is the new standard, PDF 2.0, that is about to be released by the ISO. Will that change the way in which validation and conversion take place? Are there plans to release a new PDF/A standard based on PDF 2.0?
PDF Association: Who is your presentation aimed at?
Dietrich von Seggern: I think the questions that I try to answer in my presentation are relevant to all existing or future PDF/A environments. Since the nature of the questions is rather technical, this will also apply to the answers, so it will not just be about broad benefits but also about technical matters.
PDF Association: What will the people who attend your presentation be able to take away from it?
Dietrich von Seggern: In short, they should have a good understanding of some important changes in the PDF/A world. They should be able to estimate whether, how and by when their processes may have to be updated.
PDF Association: The PDF Days Europe has become the leading PDF event. What makes the PDF Days so unique in your mind?
Dietrich von Seggern: PDF is an enabler for many digital processes. For most of its users, PDF is just a commodity - and it definitely is one. But if you better understand the format, you can improve processes and your use cases. The PDF Days are the event to discuss and learn about these additional PDF features. It is the only event that on the one hand is broad with regards to industries (verticals) but is also narrow with regards to the format.
PDF Association: Thank you! We look forward to seeing you at PDF Days Europe 2017!