PDF 2.0

PDF 2.0 due for Release in 2017

The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) have announced that PDF 2.0 is (finally) due for release in 2017, 9 years after Adobe turned over ownership in 2008.

PDF 2.0 Features

The PDF specification has long been in need of a major revision, and PDF 2.0 has been designed to iron out ambiguities such as the lack of rich media annotation integration and to simplify the tagging model currently employed by the PDF format. PDF 2.0 will also not use Flash. These revisions will work to make the format easier to use across a range of applications and for a wider range of tasks required by users.

Other features of PDF 2.0 will include:

  • Advanced Encryption Standard (AES)-256 encryption – this is used worldwide and is used by the US Government to protect classified information
  • New scheme for hash generation
  • New extension system for other tags
  • Digital signature improvement using PDF Advanced Electronic Signatures (PAdES). This is an EU standard that ensures precise profiles are compliant with the European eIDAS regulation.
  • Geospatial data for 2D and 3D
  • Measurement properties in 2D and 2D
  • Rich media annotation can now be integrated into a single annotation, so audio, video and 3D can be combined (at present, audio and video are separate from 3D)
  • Adobe Navigators integration

There is no set date yet in 2017 for PDF 2.0 to be released, but watch this space…

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