PDF & PDF/A white papers

You can find valuable knowledge about PDF and PDF/A in our white papers from the series "Understanding PDF". The fact that the white paper on PDF/A is downloaded many thousands of times per month speaks for the quality of the information it contains.

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PDF primer

This white paper explains the basics of PDF. The knowledge it contains will enable you to better assess the areas in which PDF can be used and to determine the situations in which PDF can provide a solution to a specific problem.


  • What does PDF do and what is it for?
  • How does PDF handle content?
  • How is a PDF file structured?
  • What options does PDF offer?
  • What are the limitations of PDF?

PDF/A – the standard for long-term archiving

This white paper introduces you to the secrets of PDF/A, the new ISO Standard for long-term archiving. You will learn about its strengths and limitations and get to know where it should be put to use.


  • Why the PDF/A Initiative?
  • What is the PDF/A Standard?
  • What is PDF/A-1a, PDF/A-1b, PDF/A-2?
  • How should the PDF/A Standard be implemented?
  • Does PDF/A provide answers to every question on long-term archiving?

PDF/VT – the ISO standard for variable data printing (VDP) applications

The huge demand for a universal and standardized VDP solution, have led to the development of PDF/VT. Promises that were previously projected by VDP visionaries should now be fulfilled with PDF/VT.


  • The difference between PDF/VT-1, PDF/VT-2 and PDF/VT-2s
  • Where can I obtain a copy of the standard?
  • The advantages of PDF/VT
  • Where is the format used?
  • Which tools are available?

3-Heights™ Document Converter – basics and applications

Documents for conversion may exist in a wide variety of file formats. Most common are files produced by applications such as Microsoft Office, as well as emails, text, and scanned image files. Long-term retention and interchange with business partners are the main reasons for converting such documents.


  • What does a central conversion service do?
  • How is the service used?
  • What are the benefits of a central service?
  • Architecture and performance features
  • Quality: reproduction fidelity and ISO conformance
  • Distributed architecture and scalability

The 3-Heights™ Scan to PDF Server – basics and applications

Good image quality is an important requirement for a good text recognition rate. Achieving good image quality at a high compression rate requires a level of processing power that local multifunction printers do not usually possess. Separate scanning software can offer considerable advantages in this respect.


  • Functions and benefits
  • Why is a scanner not enough?
  • What are the advantages of a central service?
  • Architecture and features
  • Text recognition
  • ISO-conformance and conformance check
  • Distributed architecture and scalability

Digital signatures from the cloud – basics and applications

The paper documents are often provided with hand‑written signatures, which give the documents a defined probative value in the applicable law. To ensure that electronic documents can also be signed with the same probative value, the law created the electronic signature.


  • Basics of digital signature
  • Electronic documents and signature
  • Standards for digital documents and signatures
  • Task and uses of the signature service from the cloud
  • What are the advantages of a signature service?
  • Software for the use of the signature service from the cloud
  • Task of the signature client
  • Interfaces for application integration

PDF processes

The use of PDF can lead to significant savings in all business processes by simplifying workflow processes and reducing costs through standardization. We can show you where and how PDF and PDF/A can be utilized in your business processes. The ECM model from AIIM will serve as a basis. 

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