PDF/A Competence Center Expands to PDF Association to Cover ALL Open International Standards for PDF!

Olaf Drümmer // September 21, 2011


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The PDF/A Competence Center is now part of a larger organization dedicated to promoting International Standards for PDF. As the PDF Association, numerous world-leading companies and experts in PDF technology will exchange information and experiences about all PDF standards, including PDF/A, PDF/VT, PDF/UA and more.

PDF Association LogoSeptember 21, 2011 (Berlin) The PDF/A Competence Center, an international professional association founded in 2006, is now one of several Competence Centers within the PDF Association.

PDF files are found in almost every business and desktop computer. The digital equivalent of paper, PDF has been ubiquitous on hard drives and websites worldwide for almost two decades.

The objective of the PDF Association is to promote awareness and implementation of the growing number of ISO standards for PDF technology in digital document applications.

Olaf Drümmer is the association's board chairman, with Duff Johnson as vice-chairman. Comprehensive information on PDF standards is available at our completely new website:

The family of open International Standards for PDF technology continues to grow. PDF itself became ISO 32000 in 2008, PDF/VT became ISO 16612 in 2010 and PDF/UA is slated to become ISO 14289 in 2012. There’s much more to come, including PDF 2.0 (ISO 32000-2), a major update to the core technical reference for the PDF format.

With the launch of the PDF Association, we are expanding our scope to provide information and guidance on all present and future PDF standards. This development reflects the significance of PDF as a fully open, digital document format and increased demand for information and resources.

The original PDF/A Competence Center continues to pursue its mission. It is joined by new Competence Centers for PDF/UA ("Universal Accessibility") and PDF/VT (variable data for transaction printing) as well as a Competence Center for PDF itself (ISO 32000). All will be engaged in active communications and sharing of knowledge and experience as the PDF/A Competence Center has done successfully for the past five years.

The PDF Association's board, staff and members are dedicated to providing articles, webinars, conferences, discussions and resources to assist developers in creating software to comply with applicable PDF standards. We work in cooperation with ISO, AIIM, APROGED, NESTOR and other Standards Development organizations worldwide to continue raising awareness and knowledge of International Standards for PDF, and to better support providers in their implementation efforts.

All members of the original PDF/A Competence Center, more than 100 firms and numerous experts in more than 20 countries, are now members of the PDF Association with full rights and privileges.

"Since the PDF/A Competence Center began, interest in the family of PDF standards has continued to grow," said Olaf Druemmer, board chairman of the PDF Association. "The new name 'PDF Association' represents the new position of PDF as a completely open digital document format," he said.

About the PDF Association

Formerly known as the PDF/A Competence Center, the PDF Association is an international organization promoting awareness and adoption of open standards in digital document applications using PDF technology.

The association facilitates communication, connections and the sharing of expertise and experience with interested parties worldwide. The current membership includes over 100 enterprises and numerous individual subject-matter experts from more than 20 countries.

The management board includes industry leaders from callas software GmbH, Compart AG, Crawford Technologies Inc., intarsys consulting GmbH and LuraTech Europe GmbH. The association’s chairman is Olaf Drümmer, CEO of callas software GmbH. Duff Johnson, President of NetCentric US is the deputy chairman.

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Olaf Drümmer

Olaf Drümmer is the founder of callas software (1995) and axaio software (2006). Beginning in 1998 he became very active in the development of PDF and color management best practice guidelines and standards. Having been a delegate to several ISO technical committees dealing in PDF standards over almost two decades he contributed substantially to PDF/X, PDF/A, PDF/VT, PDF/UA and various …


Olaf Drümmer

Olaf Drümmer is the founder of callas software (1995) and axaio software (2006). Beginning in 1998 he became very active …