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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 o ...


PDF Business Processes

The PDF format has become firmly established in business processes over the past 15 years. The use of PDF can lead to significant savings in all business processes by simplifying workflow processes and reducing costs thr ...

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Master plan for digital corporate memory

Digitalization is still bumbling along clumsily and sluggishly in some areas – while making huge strides in other places. Countless new nodes and connections form in our digital memories each day.

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Turn those files into pixels!

Everyone seems to be talking about digitalization these days. As soon as a pixel is involved, someone is sure to utter that ever-so-popular buzzword, usually followed by numerous names of companies, digital philosophers ...

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Quality over quantity

PDF Tools is celebrating its 15th anniversary this year. Despite its relatively short history, it has been very successful so far. BIT caught up with the company’s founder Dr. Hans Bärfuss to discuss the secret to his su ...

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Document processes in the digital age

Recognizing new potential and using it successfully has to be learned – from rush jobs to digital long-term archives.

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Murphy's Law – from capturing to archiving

Companies have to strike a balance between profitability, feasibility and meeting legal requirements. A long-term digital archive, in which all information about the company and its activities is recorded, can form part ...

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Scan server for digital long-term archiving

These days, most companies no longer wish to waste time and money on filling windowless rooms with paper files or assigning staff to search for paper documents. More and more managers are realizing the benefits of digita ...

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ZUGFeRD – the new standard for electronic invoices

The ZUGFeRD standard for human and machine-readable electronic invoices supports manual and fully automated processing and long-term archiving. PDF Tools AG offers various products that can be used to create and check ZU ...

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From scan to information – high quality at low data volume

A central scan server service enables large volumes of paper documents to be quickly and efficiently converted into electronic documents, prepared for processing and stored in a long-term archive. A scan server, such as ...

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The PDF – we can't do without it

Not all document formats have managed to become a standard and are nowhere near to deliver what they promise. So what can or should we expect from a format? What are the most important quality characteristics of a format ...

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Digital born PDF/A - tough nut or potential?

Scanned documents have been archived successfully in PDF/A format for more than six years. However, the attitude towards archiving digitally created documents is more reserved. What are the reasons? Some are obvious: sca ...

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