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The PDF Association publishes a variety of documents and other resources to help developers, product managers, and others interested in leveraging PDF to meet their business and organizational objectives.

Most publications listed on pdfa.org are developed through our publications process, and are freely available to members and non-members alike.

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The Matterhorn Protocol 1.1


The Matterhorn Protocol, a free publication, identifies all possible ways to fail PDF/UA-1.

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MIL-STD-31000 Technical Data Packages (TDPs)

The US DoD MIL-STD-31000 standard describes requirements for preparing technical data packages (TDPs) which can be packaged in 3D PDF files.

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PDF 3D Formats

PDF 1.7 introduced interactive 3D support using the U3D file format. PDF 2.0 expanded 3D support to include the ISO PRC format, and an ISO extension will soon be published supporting STEP (AP242) 3D models.

ISO 14739-1 Document management - 3D use of Product Representation Compact (PRC) format Part 1 PRC 10001 cover with PDF Association logo

PDF in Manufacturing

PDF in Manufacturing includes a high-level introduction to the wide range of manufacturing-relevant technologies built into the PDF format.

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Understanding Blockchain’s Role and Risks in Trusted Systems

This document provides guidance on the use of blockchain for Information Governance Professionals responsible for information assets within their organizations. It defines the key characteristics of the current market as well as existing challenges and opportunities.

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Concept of Operations for DLA Procurement of Weapon System Parts using 3D Technical Data

This paper describes a proposed set of actions for enabling the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) to use three-dimensional (3D) technical data in its daily operations.

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Visualizing vs. Communication: Enabling the Model-Based Enterprise with 3D PDF

This paper explains how 3D PDF enables the Model Based Enterprise by providing a means to communicate all of the information needed.

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Positioning 3D PDF in Manufacturing

This paper highlights how these 3D PDF formats are similar, how they are different, and what role they should be considered for in a data architecture within an organization or set of relationships between organizations.

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Model Based Enterprise – A Technology Enabled Contract Management Approach

This paper highlights how the Department of Defense is changing its procurement practices through a revision to MIL-STD-31000.

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ISO 24517 (PDF/E)

ISO 24517 defines PDF/E which is a subset of PDF 1.6 supporting the exchange of engineering documents in interactive and non-interactive workflows.

ISO 24517-1 Document management Engineering document format using PDF Part 1 Use of PDF 1.6 PDF/E-1 cover with PDF Association logo