- Developers use the PDF Association to share knowledge and experience with PDF technology, and to collaboratively develop best-practice guidelines in its implementation.
- Decision-makers use the PDF Association to learn about the role and capabilities of PDF and PDF’s subset standards in ECM and other electronic document applications.
- End-users benefit from improved reliability, quality, functionality and interoperability in their experience of electronic documents.
We have PDF. Why do we need the PDF Association?
As “digital paper”, the Portable Document Format (PDF) is the de facto standard for electronic documents worldwide. No other technology comes close to PDF in both operational flexibility and marketplace acceptance.
In Web terms, PDF has existed for a very long time. Any technology that’s accepted to the extent that it can serve as a broad-based, universally accepted standard would have to be relatively old. The document that defines PDF has changed and improved over time. As a result, not all PDFs are created equal, and not all PDF software is equal in terms of its ability to process PDF.
Now that PDF is itself managed by International Committees of the ISO rather than Adobe Systems, it’s appropriate that an independent PDF Association promote understanding and adoption of International Standards for PDF by vendors, customers and governments.
The PDF Association is a Category A liaison to ISO’s TC 171 SC 2, making it possible for members to review and comment on draft documents.
Beginning in 2006 with the PDF/A Competence Center, the PDF Association exists to provide software vendors with information and resources on the various International Standards for PDF to help them make the most of their investment in PDF technology.
As adopted by the Board in January, 2011, the Mission of the PDF Association is this:
To promote Open Standards-based electronic document implementations using PDF technology through education, expertise and shared experience for stakeholders worldwide.
Association for Digital Document Standards – ADDS
The PDF Association is an initiative of the Association for Digital Document Standards (ADDS) e.V., founded in September 2006.
The association is geared towards developers of PDF solutions; companies that work with PDF in document management systems (DMS) and electronic content management (ECM), interested individuals, and users who want to implement PDF technology in their organizations. The PDF Association now includes members from over 20 countries world-wide.
Address correspondence to:
Association for Digital Document Standards e.V.
Neue Kantstrasse 14
14057 Berlin, Germany
Tel: +49 (0)30 39 40 50-0
Fax: +49 (0)30 39 40 50-99
Authorized Executive Representative
Matt Kuznicki (Chairman)
Location of ADDS: Berlin, Germany
District Court: Berlin-Charlottenburg VR 26099 B
VAT-ID No.: DE251189066
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