Welcome PDF 2.0

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Paul Lindström

Not that very many people have held their breath for this, but after many years in development PDF 2.0 has just been published. It's been nine years coming and brings a whole range of improvements and new features to this industry standard file format.

While this file format started out as a proprietary format developed by Adobe, we feel that it's important to point out that Adobe handed over the further development to the graphic arts community in 2008, when the first version of ISO 32000-1 was published (which was very similar to PDF 1.7). Since then Adobe has been very active together with other experts in both different ISO technical committees as well as, in particular, the PDF Association in the last few years, to advance its functions and features. Of the many goals and objectives was the need to be better structured, better aligned with HTML and easier to use on tablets and smartphones. A huge task, and the main reason why this new version has taken quite a long time to finish.

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