PDF industry presentations

The PDF Association hosts a library of recordings of educational presentations by members and guest speakers at industry events. This collection, now including downloadable slide decks in many cases, is now accessible from pdfa.org.

All presentations are posted as received from the speaker. The PDF Association does not take responsibility for presentation content, comments by attendees or the speakers’ downloadable PDF files.


Peter Wyatt
The future: re-imagining the best possible definition of PDF

We can and must do better if PDF is to remain reliable, portable, and relevant – and thus grow into the future for all its stakeholders. And now, we have that chance…


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Deriving HTML from PDF – lessons learned
Implementation challenges in reusing PDF content
Roman Toda at PDF Days Europe 2021 ( 2021, Sep )
Reuse PDF 2.0

Two years after introducing Deriving HTML from PDF document, two years after implementing the core concept, after processing countless authored and un-authored pdf files we will share our experiences. To successfully adopt the idea, developers need to understand the implementation …

How to make e-Signing interoperable
Getting rid of proprietary data and closed workflows
Carsten Heiermann at PDF Days Europe 2021 ( 2021, Sep )
Digital signatures

This presentations sorts out digital signatures and e-Signing and describes the current status of e-Signing, with its non-interoperable, cloud based workflows. Can PDF turn e-Signing into an interoperable workflow? Can PDF carry proprietary data of the signing process and the …

The Arlington PDF Model
A specification-derived, machine-readable definition of PDF
Peter Wyatt at PDF Days Europe 2021 ( 2021, Sep )
PDF 2.0

This talk will present the Arlington PDF Model as the first open access, vendor-neutral, comprehensive, specification-derived machine-readable definition of all formally defined PDF objects and their intra- and inter-object relationships. This represents the bulk of the latest 1,000-page ISO PDF …

The Arlington PDF Model, a presentation by Peter Wyatt at PDF Days Online 2021

SafeDocs – towards a more secure future
Securing file formats through provable techniques
Peter Wyatt at PDF Days Europe 2021 ( 2021, Sep )

This talk will present industry-relevant outcomes from the DARPA-funded “SafeDocs” research program, as well as reviewing future directions. This research is aimed at reducing the attack surface of parsing software, and identifying and removing inherent weaknesses in the file formats, …

OpenType color fonts in PDF
Implementing emoji and other colored symbols in PDF
Thomas Merz at PDF Days Europe 2021 ( 2021, Sep )
Print PDF 2.0

We are used to setting text in color, but for decades operating systems and font formats supported only monochrome fonts where the font specifies only the shape of a glyph, but not its color. While you can apply color when …

Survey of open source PDF solutions
Rendering, creation, and manipulation
Michael Vrhel at PDF Days Europe 2021 ( 2021, Sep )
PDF community

The presentation will first provide an overview of the current active open-source projects that deal with PDF rendering, creation, and manipulation. We will be looking at the activity of the projects (i.e. frequency of commits, number of contributors, history, etc.) …

Content accessibility for all screen sizes
The evolution of content and how we consume it
Andrey Safonov at PDF Days Europe 2021 ( 2021, Sep )

With mobile claiming more than 50% of total internet usage for the past 5 years, the way we interact and manipulate content must continue to adapt. For all a lot of publishers, PDF is still the format of choice. But, …

3DPDFs + the future
format usage + collaboration
Andrey Safonov at PDF Days Europe 2021 ( 2021, Sep )
Engineering / 3D

Since the entry of 3D to the PDF specification, usage has been dominated by the AEC industry. Today, the way we use, interpret and digest 3D models and embed 3D data has matured—mostly attributed to the exponential advancements in technology. …

Cryptography in PDF: future perspectives
Taking PDF crypto to the next level
Matthias Valvekens at PDF Days Europe 2021 ( 2021, Sep )

The relationship between cryptography and PDF is one with a long history. PDF’s cryptography-related features have been through a number of significant revisions over the years, and PDF signatures have firmly established themselves as a replacement for paper signatures in …

Future of Traversing PDF Files
SELECT future FROM pdf.*;
Michael Demey at PDF Days Europe 2021 ( 2021, Sep )
PDF 2.0

As we all know, PDF files are a structural marvel. There are many ways of constructing a file while still maintaining the same visual result. This is a blessing, but also a curse. This variety has to be accounted for …

Archiving email – as PDF?
The current state of discussions and developments in the field of interoperable email archival
Dietrich von Seggern at PDF Days Europe 2021 ( 2021, Sep )

Digital archives have to preserve not only the data formats, they also have to make sure that proper viewer technology is available in the future. For most paper like formats this is solved by PDF/A. Email has replaced paper as the …

PDF/R revisions and new, highly compressed image format
What is new and how can it benefit you?
Rene Rebe at PDF Days Europe 2021 ( 2021, Sep )
Creation PDF 2.0

This presentation will outline the current development of PDF/R and the state of  research for adding new, highly efficient image codes to future PDF versions for smaller PDFs, faster network transfers and more.

What makes a tagged PDF a proper tagged PDF/UA document?
Let us show you how the Matterhorn Protocol helps to generate a PDF/UA compliant document, learn about the most essential tasks and to which difficulties you have to pay attention to.
Rene Treuber at PDF Days Europe 2021 ( 2021, Sep )

Tagged, accessible PDF documents are already part of the standard requirements of many companies – partly due to legal obligations, but increasingly also under a moral aspect. This requirement already arrived in most sectors, that’s for sure, but will increase …

The Low Code Revolution and PDF
What does it mean for PDF Developers and PDF Technology Companies?
Neil Pitman at PDF Days Europe 2021 ( 2021, Sep )
PDF community

Ever-increasing demand for productivity and faster time to delivery is increasing awareness and adoption of Low-Code application development by IT teams and “Citizen IT”. This trend is disrupting traditional patterns of software development and is shifting development towards cloud-based low-code …

Validating digital signatures in PDF
About user experiences and pitfalls
Bernd Wild at PDF Days Europe 2021 ( 2021, Sep )
Digital signatures

Digital signatures and PDF are an increasingly popular combination for digitizing paper-based business processes. While the focus of most signature products and solutions is on the creation of the signature itself, the correct validation of signatures contained in PDF is …

Validating digital signatures in PDF

Accessible PDF – How to tag content the right way
Finding appropriate tags for content
Klaas Posselt at PDF Days Europe 2021 ( 2021, Sep )
Accessibility Reuse

More and more PDFs need to be accessible and so PDF/UA compliant. Today it is technically possible to generate such files of of many tools without tricks hacks used years ago. But often there is one big challenge using such …

Lessons from implementing a PDF/UA-centric mobile reader
What we've learned while making a better mobile experience
Matt Kuznicki at PDF Days Europe 2021 ( 2021, Sep )

What does it mean for a mobile PDF reader to focus on accessibility? How does a PDF presentation optimized for accessibility differ from a strictly PDF/UA conforming presentation? What challenges and drawbacks with untagged PDFs come from this focus? In …

PDF is THE Standard. Explore Why PDF 2.0 Paves the Way for the Future and Must Be Adopted
Automation, accessibility, finishing, optimization and security—success lies in the latest PDF features
Jonathan Malone-McGrew at PDF Days Europe 2021 ( 2021, Sep )
Print Accessibility Security Document management CCM PDF 2.0

PDF is THE standard for print production and digitally delivered documents. Controversial? Perhaps, but the fact remains that PDF continues to see more adoption every year. It has cracked open transaction print while becoming the lingua franca of direct mail, …

Two Standards. One Goal. Modernizing Print Communication Production
PDF+JDF=ADF! Explore the possibilities when you modernize with automation, PDF features and JDF/JMF connections
Mary Ann Rowan at PDF Days Europe 2021 ( 2021, Sep )
Print PDF 2.0

The term Automated Document Factory (ADF) might sound familiar, especially if you have worked in or around print over the last three decades. For the printing industry, an Automated Document Factory (ADF) was the mainstay of the 1990s to solve …

STOP PRESS! Or how to avoid it!
How do you streamline problem PDFs into the print workflow
David Stevenson at PDF Days Europe 2021 ( 2021, Sep )

What would your print customer say if you rejected any PDF files that were poorly constructed and likely to slow down the press? With such a large number of PDF creation tools and PDF files entering a workflow from disparate …