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 Rendering 2.0 - Requirements for a high-quality PDF rendering engine

PDF Rendering 2.0

The PDF graphics model is unique and differs significantly from the models of most of the publically available graphics engines. What are the requirements of a high-quality PDF rendering engine and is there a relation to PDF 2.0?

Special about the essential part of a good PDF rendering engine

ZUGFeRD - electronic invoices in PDF/A format

ZUGFeRD

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.

Content:

  • 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?

Read about the basics of PDF and what it stands for

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.

Content:

  • 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?

Read more insights about PDF/A and long-term archiving

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

Content:

  • The ISO Standard 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?
  • How has the market reacted?
  • PDF/VT – a standard with a future

Read more about the ISO standard PDF/VT

3-Heights™ Document Converter – basics and applications

Content:

  • Introduction
  • What does a central conversion service do?
  • How is the service used?
  • What are the benefits of a central service?
  • What additional functions does the service offer?

  • Architecture and performance features
  • Quality: reproduction fidelity and ISO conformance
  • Robust, unattended operation
  • Distributed architecture and scalability
  • Performance
  • Application integration interfaces
  • Extensibility: Document formats and supplemental functions
  • Product Editions

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

Content:

  • Functions and benefits
  • Why is a scanner not enough?
  • What does a central scan server do?
  • Where can the service be used?
  • What are the advantages of a central service?
  • What additional functions does the service offer?
  • Architecture and features
  • Compression and image quality
  • Text recognition
  • ISO-conformance and conformance check
  • Distributed architecture and scalability
  • Performance
  • Interfaces for application integration
  • Extensibility with additional function

Read more on how to optimize your scan server for document processes

Digital signatures from the cloud – basics and applications

Content:

  • Basics of digital signature
  • Electronic documents and signature
  • Electronic signature
  • Digital signature
  • Standards for digital documents and signatures
  • Task and uses of the signature service from the cloud
  • What is the task of the service?
  • Where is the service used?
  • What are the advantages of a signature service?
  • Software for the use of the signature service from the cloud
  • Task of the signature client
  • 3‑Heights™ PDF Security
  • 3‑Heights™ PDF to PDF/A Converter
  • 3‑Heights™ Document Converter
  • Interfaces for application integration

Read the white paper: Digital signatures from the cloud – basics and applications

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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