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The PDF Association publishes a variety of documents and other resources for those interested in leveraging PDF technology, and as of Q4 2021, also sells the ISO standards relating to PDF technology as developed by ISO TC 171 SC 2.

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Best Practice in creating PDF files for variable data printing – Designer Edition

This guide is intended to help designers, composition tool operators and software vendors avoid creating inefficient PDF files that slow workflows and put tight deadlines at risk.



Best Practice in Creating Print Files for Variable Data Printing – Developer Edition

This guide is intended to help developers or software vendors to ensure PDF files can be processed quickly without compromising their visual appearance.



Print workflow and metadata

These print workflow and metadata standards specify the intended appearance, processing steps, or job tickets for printed products through the use of existing PDF features.



ISO 16613 (PDF/VCR)

PDF/VCR enables variable data printing applications using PDF template-based variable content substitution and a framework for in-RIP variable content merging.



ISO 16612 (PDF/VT)

The ISO 16612 family of standards defines PDF/VT for supporting variable data and high-volume transactional printing. PDF/VT builds on top of PDF/X.



PDF/VT Application Notes

The PDF/VT Application Notes┬ádiscuss topics that aid implementers of PDF/VT workflow tools and demonstrate the various design features of the PDF/VT file format. The document was developed by the PDF/VT Competence Center of the PDF Association, in close cooperation with, …



PDF/VT for Personalized Print

This flyer explains the specification for PDF/VT, a.k.a. ISO 16612-2. PDF/VT addresses the requirements of modern Variable Data Printing (VDP), bringing all the well-known advantages of PDF workflow to the world of personalized print.



Cal Poly Graphic Communications PDF/VT Test File Suite 0.1

This collection of four sets of graphically-rich, robust, valid PDF/VT files facilitates testing and demonstrating products claiming the ability to consume files that conform to the ISO 16612-2 PDF/VT standard.



4th International PDF/A Conference Proceedings

The 4th International PDF/A conference included presentations on PDF/A and PDF/A-2, accessibility, metadata, archives and libraries and public administration in addition to presentations on all of the PDF standards.