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Hans Bärfuss


  • Joint initiator and founder of the PDF/A Competence Center
  • Founder and CEO of PDF Tools AG
  • Founder and Member of the Board of numerous SMEs (GLANCE, Medica Medizinal-Informatik AG, CCS Creative Computer Software AG, IMA AG, Forte Advisors) in Switzerland
  • Developer of Software for the Processing of Electronic Documents (PDF, PostScript, TIFF, JPEG, etc.)
  • Developer of Video and Audio Equipment for TV and Film Studios
  • Developer of Compilers for Embedded Systems


  • Master in Electrical Engineering (ETH 1981, Cryptography, Prof. Dr. James L. Massey)
  • PhD in Computer Science (ETH 1994, Compilers, Prof. Dr. Niklaus Wirth)
  • Executive MBA (HSG 1994, Strategy, Prof. Dr. Martin Hilb)
  • Post Doc Studies in Computer Graphics and Digital Publishing (ETH 2006, Prof. Dr. Markus Gross, Disney Research Zürich)
  • Aerobatics Pilot
  • Classical and jazz musician, Sound Engineer


Hans Bärfuss's Publications

Article October 14, 2021
On World Standards Day 2021 the PDF Association celebrates PDF’s connection to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
News December 7, 2017
SD Times, a leading periodical targeting systems and application developers, has featured PDF in its December 2017 publication. The journalists … Read more
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