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?
The constantly growing demands on formats were no longer able to meet the constantly growing requirements for reliable long-term digital storage of important documents. In addition, there was a desire for a searchable, compact format that was robust and widely usable across platforms. In 2005, an ISO standard based on the PDF format started to write a new chapter in the history of digital archiving of documents: PDF/A. In this blog post, I am writing about how system-independent archiving of project files with PDF/A-3 can be achieved and how the advantages of PDF/A-3 are presented in the form of application scenarios and the different points of view regarding PDF/A-3.
At the DocEng conference, I met a lot of academics and professionals discussing interesting requirements and solutions related to PDF documents. It was impressive to see what these people are working on, what they (don't) know about PDF and whether it works according to their needs. Here is my experience ...
PDF/A-3 is a powerful tool for mapping projects and document structures, and also for converting work documents into archive documents. Compared to PDF/A-1 and PDF/A-2, this standard part is characterized by the fact that any file formats can be embedded. The question 'does archiving PDF/A-3 documents raise questions about the archivability of embedded files' is justified by many concrete and meaningful applications in this blog.
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".