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ISO 22550

AFP interchange for PDF

This document specifies Advanced Function Presentation (AFP) interchange as a container for document objects by defining the AFP file format Mixed Object Document Content Architecture (MO: DCA). It includes a means of identifying support for specifically including single and multi-page Portable Document Format (PDF) document objects as a container function set. It also includes a mechanism for pairing and managing resources associated with PDF.

The use of AFP is applicable to AFP and PDF workflows where the final production is managed within an Intelligent Printer Data Stream (IPDS) environment.

AFP stands for Advanced Function Presentation and is a coordinated set of document creation, viewing, archiving and printing hardware, software and services that are widely used for high-speed variable-data transactional printing.

While AFP has had the ability to include PDF data in object containers for many years, ISO 22550 allows for embedding the PDF pages in AFP to get the performance and management needed in high-speed print environments.


Technical questions about ISO ISO 22550 are most effectively addressed in the PDF Association’s official pdf-issues GitHub repo.


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ISO 22550 defines an interchange of AFP (Advanced Function Presentation) to PDF.

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