Category: PDF2PDFA

PDF2PDFA – smaller PDF/A files – font compression, 200dpi rendering of transparencies

PDF2PDFA innovations:

  • Smaller PDF/A files: The PDF/A standard requires that the fonts used in PDF are fully or partially embedded. The new PDF2PDFA converter embeds them compressed, which means that the size of the PDF/A generated is much smaller, especially for large and large fonts.
  • The PDF/A-1b standard does not allow transparent elements. In order to be able to convert such PDFs to PDF/A-1b, transparencies have to be resolved. This is done by rendering, in which overlapping elements are added together and reduced. In order not to let the PDF/A-1b file size grow too large in such a case, the previously preset resolution was reduced from 300dpi to 200dpi.
  • ZUGFeRD XML via variable: For the path, folder and name of the invoice XML, variables can be used which are assigned the path, folder and name of the generated PDF file. This means that the XML associated with a PDF can be dynamically “found” and embedded.

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PDF2PDFA and the e-invoice standard ZUGFeRD 2.0 / EN 16931 / Factur-X 1.0

ZUGFeRD 2.0 / EN 16931 / Factur-X:

Important prerequisites for the acceptance of electronic invoices are above all the use of a standardized data format and the legal framework conditions, which can be used by boh the sender and the recipient.

In June 2017, the EU created a standard format for electronic invoices, the European standard EN 16931. The aim of this EU standard: Electronic invoice exchange is to be standardized and legally guaranteed throughout Europe.

The previous ZUGFeRD standard 1.0 had to be adapted to the new standard. ZUGFeRD 2.0 (published on March 11, 2019) was developed as part of a Franco-German collaboration, in close coordination with the French Standard Factur-X 1.0 and is technically identical to this. Using ZUGFeRD 2.0, electronic invoices can be created, that comply with EU standard EN 16931 and EU Directive 2014/55/EU. Details about the electronic invoice can also be found on the pages of the European Commission. ZUGFeRD 2.0 also uses the global standard UN/CEFACT XML in the form of Cross Industry Invoice. This could even give ZUGFeRD 2.0 a worldwide perspective.

The new ZUGFeRD version 2.0, like version 1.0, combines a PDF/A-3 invoice file (visual representation of the invoice data as a digital format instead of the classic paper invoice) with an invoice file in XML format embedded in the PDF/A-3 document.

ZUGFeRD 2.0 profiles:

Several profiles are planned for ZUGFeRD 2.0 and Factur-X. The «EN 16931» profile replaces the ZUGFeRD 1.0 «Comfort» profile and complies fully with the EU standard, which however only defines the core elements of an invoice. With the «Extended» profile, additional information can be recorded in an electronic invoice, for example by industry or according to legal requirements. In addition, «Basic» and «Basic WL» have defined two more profiles for smaller suppliers.

ZUGFeRD is suitable for organizations of all sizes and, thanks to EN-16931 compliance, has an expanded, international significance. The profile «EN 16931» is recognized by all European administrations. Since November 2018, electronic invoices have been required in Business to Government (B2G) traffic in the EU.

With version 1.2.0 of the PDF2PDFA converter component, ZUGFeRD 2.0 and Factur-X documents can now be generated from a PDF and the corresponding XML.

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PDF2PDFA .NET Converter Component – Version 1.1.0

Conversion to PDF/A-1a, 2a, 3a:

As of version 1.1.0, PDF files can now also be converted to PDF/A-1a, 2a and 3a. It should be noted, however, that not every PDF file can be converted and that an automatic conversion is only possible or only meaningful if the input file already contains the required structure information / tags. For example a PDF file can be created from MS-Word via the “Save as / PDF” function which already contains this required additional structure.

     

ZUGFeRD – Level configurable:

The ZUGFeRD standard supports 3 different levels – BASIC, COMFORT and EXTENDED. There is now a parameter that can be used to specify which level corresponds to the XML to be embedded. This information is then also transferred to the PDF metadata.

 

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PDF2PDFA-CS-CL – Command Line Application – for the PDF2PDFA-CS Converter Service

PDF2PDFA-CS-CL – is a free additional application for the PDF2PDFA-CS PDF to PDFA conversion service to convert PDF’s to PDF/A-1b, 2b, 3b as well as to the ZUGFeRD format. The functions are fully in line with the PDF2PDFA-CL application, however the processing is not “local” but “remote” via HTTPS via the SOAP web service interface on a PDF2PDFA-CS PDF to PDFA server.

     

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PDF2PDFA-CS-FM – Hotfolder / Folder Monitoring for the PDF2PDFA-CS Converter service

PDF2PDFA-CS-FM – is a free add-on application for the PDF2PDFA-CS PDF to PDFA conversion service. You can monitor one or more input folders and convert all existing or newly added files (PDF, ZIP) to PDF / A-1b, 2b, 3b as well as into the ZUGFeRD format and store them in the specified source folder.

The functions are fully in line with the PDF2PDFA-FM application, but the processing is not “local” but “remote” using HTTPS via the SOAP web service interface.

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PDF2PDFA-CS Version 1.0.3 – Processes ZIP files – PDF/A-3b & ZUGFeRD with attachments

With version 1.0.3 of the PDF to PDFA Converter Service, ZIP files can now be processed in addition to PDF. Via the ZIP container, files can be transferred as PDF attachments, as well as the ZUGFeRD XML to the converter service, in order to embed these files in the PDF output file.

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