As a hybrid data format, ZUGFeRD integrates structured invoice data in XML format into a PDF document (PDF/A-3). Recently ZUGFeRD 2.0 was published and the current release of pdfaPilot supports the old as well as the new flavor of ZUGFeRD, but also the French Factur-X and the XRechnung (developed by the German Ministry of the Interior). This blog explains what that actually means.
With Enterprise Content Management (ECM) systems, companies can better distribute information, collaboratively edit documents, digitally archive or simply retrieve information faster. This is particularly successful if files are stored in a suitable format that reflects the typical requirements for processing documents. So, what is the first choice of document format here?
In my opinion, the ability to attach files to PDF ranks very high in the (long) list of PDF features that have a lot of power but are not widely used. Standards define ways to embed additional machine readable information into a PDF overcoming the dilemma that has been reported as "PDF is where data dies".