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News Release

14 December 2017

Global Graphics to co-chair PDF Technical Working Group

Global Graphics announces today that its chief technology officer Martin Bailey has been named as the co-chair of the PDF Technical Working Group (TWG) within the PDF Association’s PDF Competence Centre, along with Peter Wyatt, the general manager of CiSRA ( Canon Information Systems Research Australia.)

Following the publication of the new ISO PDF 2.0 standard – ISO 32000-2 in July 2017, the PDF TWG will be producing Application Notes for PDF 2.0 to support the implementation of the standard by developers whose PDF tools create and consume PDF.

ISO 32000-2 is the first “post Adobe®” PDF standard since Adobe handed over PDF’s development to the ISO. PDF is now developed within the vendor-neutral ISO working-group structure. ISO’s TC 171 SC 2 WG 8, the Working Group which owns the PDF specification, includes subject matter experts from many countries, and represents many different vertical interests within the PDF industry.

Speaking on news of his appointment Martin said, “The value of a standard can be greatly increased by a wider involvement of the relevant communities in shared education and discussion. The PDF Association has become the obvious group to help foster and guide that wider involvement for PDF itself and for many of the PDF-based standards in use today.”

Duff Johnson, the PDF Association’s executive director said, “PDF 2.0 is designed to be largely backward compatible, but older processors won’t handle new features.  The purpose of the new documents to be developed by the PDF TWG is to help developers develop a common understanding of the new specification as well as best practices for implementation. We’re very happy that Martin and Peter have agreed to lead this effort.”

Martin Bailey is the primary UK expert to the ISO committees working on PDF, PDF/X and PDF/VT. In 2017 Global Graphics Software hosted two of the PDF Association’s PDF 2.0 interoperability workshops to provide a way for PDF tool developers to validate their work against the new ISO 32000-2 (PDF 2.0) standard by working with vendors of other tools.


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About Global Graphics
Global Graphics (Euronext: GLOG) is a leading developer of platforms for digital printing, including the Harlequin RIP®. Customers include HP, Canon, Delphax, Roland,  Kodak and Agfa. The roots of the company go back to 1986 and to the iconic university town of Cambridge, and, today the majority of the R&D team is still based near here. The font foundry, URW++ Design and Development GmbH, and the industrial printhead driver solutions specialists, Meteor Inkjet, are subsidiary companies of Global Graphics PLC.  Global Graphics has offices in: Florida, US; Tokyo, Japan; and Hamburg, Germany.

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