veraPDF 1.4 released

We are pleased to announce that the new release of veraPDF is available. veraPDF 1.4 has a new GUI wizard for creating custom policy files. Significant performance optimisations have been made to the greenfield PDF parser.

Other fixes and improvements are documented in the release notes: https://github.com/veraPDF/veraPDF-library/releases/latest

Download veraPDF

The greenfield version is available here, and is now our default download option: http://downloads.verapdf.org/rel/verapdf-installer.zip

Help improve veraPDF

Testing and user feedback is key to improving the software. Please download and use the latest release. If you encounter problems, or wish to suggest improvements, please add them to the project’s GitHub issue tracker: https://github.com/veraPDF/veraPDF-library/issues  or contact us through our mailing list: http://lists.verapdf.org/listinfo/users.

User guides and documentation can be found at: http://docs.verapdf.org/.

veraPDF policy checking webinar, 30 March

Join us for our next webinar exploring the veraPDF policy checker

The veraPDF software is capable of more than just PDF/A validation. veraPDF also provides a policy checker capable of carrying out custom PDF document checks beyond the scope of PDF/A validation. Examples of custom checks include highlighting the use of particular fonts or image formats, enforcing population of metadata fields or limiting the number of pages in a document. In this webinar we’ll be:

  • Giving a demonstration of the policy checker.
  • Providing a brief, non-technical overview of the supporting technologies: XML Schematron, XPath and XQuery.
  • Helping you to get started with the policy checker, showing how to report issues and get help.

Finally, we will be outlining our future development plans for the policy checker, and we’ll wrap up with a question and answer session.

To read more about veraPDF policy checking, see the documentation page: http://docs.verapdf.org/policy/

Session Leads:

  • Carl Wilson, Open Preservation Foundation
  • Boris Doubrov, Dual Lab

The webinar takes place on Thursday 30 March at 14:00 BST / 15:00 CEST and will last approximately one hour. There are 50 place available that will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

Registration:

Please register at: https://openpreservation.clickmeeting.com/verapdf-policy-checking/register.

veraPDF 1.2 released

The latest version of veraPDF is now available. This release is the first of the PREFORMA testing phase.The release is focused on bug fixing and improvements of the test infrastructure:

Conformance checker

  • fixed cache issues in parsing embedded CMaps
  • fixed multiple issues with validation of font subsets
  • fixed delimiter handling in parsing content streams
  • ignore None colorants when checking DeviceN color spaces
  • fixed validation of Order arrays in optional content groups

Policy checker

  • fixed plug-in infrastructure
  • fixed handling of unknown feature types
  • added error info into HTML reports in case of broken PDFs

Documentation

  • updated developer samples
  • updated GUI documentation

Download veraPDF

PDFBox version: http://downloads.verapdf.org/rel/verapdf-installer.zip
Greenfield version: http://downloads.verapdf.org/gf/verapdf-gf-installer.zip

Release notes

The latest release notes are published at: https://github.com/veraPDF/veraPDF-library/releases/latest

Help improve veraPDF

Testing and user feedback is key to improving the software. Please download and test the latest release. If you encounter problems, or wish to suggest improvements, please add them to the project’s GitHub issue tracker: https://github.com/veraPDF/veraPDF-library/issues,  or contact us through our mailing list: http://lists.verapdf.org/listinfo/users.

To help you get started, we have published user guides and documentation at: http://docs.verapdf.org/.

veraPDF awarded PREFORMA testing phase

veraPDF has successfully completed the prototyping phase in the PREFORMA project and has been awarded the contract for the six month testing phase.

veraPDF is an open-source industry-supported PDF/A validator. Led by the Open Preservation Foundation and the PDF Association, veraPDF validates all parts and conformance levels of ISO 19005 (PDF/A).

The testing phase will focus on five key areas:

  • Acceptance testing with the PREFORMA consortium, automating the testing process and the reporting of results;
  • Identifying any issues with the veraPDF corpora, such as ambiguities or omissions, and working with the PDF Association Technical Working Group to resolve the issues and supply additional files;
  • Fixing bugs, optimising performance, and reviewing feature and enhancement requests to produce a product roadmap;
  • Improving documentation, and continuing work on the veraPDF validation rule wiki to provides contextual information about errors raised: https://github.com/veraPDF/veraPDF-validation-profiles/wiki/PDFA-Part-1-rules;
  • Community building, outreach and training.

Download veraPDF

veraPDF 1.0 was released in January 2017. Download the software at:

Release notes: https://github.com/veraPDF/veraPDF-library/releases/latest

Getting started

User guides and documentation are available at: http://docs.verapdf.org/.

If you encounter problems, or wish to suggest improvements, please add them to the project’s GitHub issue tracker: https://github.com/veraPDF/veraPDF-library/issues, or contact us through our mailing list: http://lists.verapdf.org/listinfo/users.

PREFORMA Innovation Workshop, 7 March, Padova

To find out more about PREFORMA and the three conformance checkers, sign up for the PREFORMA Innovation workshop: http://www.preforma-project.eu/workshop-in-padua.html.  The aim of the workshop is to highlight the importance of standardisation and file format validation for the long term preservation of digital cultural content, and the business models that can be built around them. Registration closes 3 March.

About

The veraPDF consortium is funded by the PREFORMA project. PREFORMA (PREservation FORMAts for culture information/e-archives) is a Pre-Commercial Procurement (PCP) project co-funded by the European Commission under its FP7-ICT Programme. The project’s main aim is to address the challenge of implementing standardised file formats for preserving digital objects in the long term, giving memory institutions full control over the acceptance and management of preservation files into digital repositories.

veraPDF 1.0 released

The veraPDF consortium today announced the release of veraPDF 1.0, an open-source industry-supported PDF/A validator. Led by the Open Preservation Foundation and the PDF Association, veraPDF validates all parts and conformance levels of ISO 19005 (PDF/A). The software is available under a MPLv2+/GLPv3+ license.

Carl Wilson, Technical Lead, Open Preservation Foundation said: “Identifying a file’s format and establishing that it conforms to the format specification is an essential step for memory institutions with responsibilities for long term preservation and access. veraPDF helps users to evaluate their files against the standard. A PDF feature reporter and a customisable policy checker allows organisations to enforce institutional policy beyond the scope of PDF/A.”

Duff Johnson, Executive Director, PDF Association said: “The release of veraPDF 1.0 is a significant milestone for both the PDF industry and the digital preservation community. For the PDF industry, the project to develop veraPDF facilitated the identification and resolution of ambiguities in the PDF/A specification, improving interoperability and utility to end users. For the digital preservation community, veraPDF delivers authoritative information about the nature and long-term reliability of digital holdings while providing more tools to help preservationists advise contributors on their software and workflows.”

veraPDF now enters its contracted acceptance testing phase, which runs until July 2017. Users are encouraged to report any bugs or other concerns to the project’s GitHub issue tracker: https://github.com/veraPDF/veraPDF-library/issues.

Version 1.0 has the following enhancements and fixes as compared to the final beta release:

Application enhancements:

  • fixed default values for extracted PDF features; and
  • fixed removal of temporary files.

Conformance checker:

  • fixed cmap table parsing in TrueType fonts.

Test corpus:

  • changed metadata file provenance test files from FAIL to PASS (as resolved by the PDF Association’s PDF Validation Technical Working Group); and
  • fixed xref table in test case 6-3-3-t01-pass-a.

Download veraPDF 1.0:

PDFBox version: http://downloads.verapdf.org/rel/verapdf-installer.zip

Greenfield version: http://downloads.verapdf.org/gf/verapdf-gf-installer.zip

Release notes:

https://github.com/veraPDF/veraPDF-library/releases/latest

Please help us improve the software by downloading and testing it. If you encounter problems, or wish to suggest improvements, please add them to the project’s GitHub issue tracker https://github.com/veraPDF/veraPDF-library/issues, or contact us through our mailing list: http://lists.verapdf.org/listinfo/users.

About

The veraPDF consortium is funded by the PREFORMA project. PREFORMA (PREservation FORMAts for culture information/e-archives) is a Pre-Commercial Procurement (PCP) project co-funded by the European Commission under its FP7-ICT Programme.

veraPDF 0.28 released

The latest version of veraPDF is now available to download. This is the final version before our version 1.0 release on January 9th 2017 making it an effective release candidate. New features include the schematron based policy checker and a fully functional greenfield implementation. For the upcoming version 1.0 we’ll be:

  • performing software fixes in response to issues raised on GitHub: https://github.com/veraPDF/veraPDF-library/issues;
  • reviewing the API and adding JavaDoc for remaining public methods;
  • improving our documentation; and
  • making changes to our test and build systems.

The full list of changes listed in the release notes is:

Application Enhancements

  • schematron based policy checker implementation:
  • greenfield implementation of feature extraction;
  • greenfield implementation of metadata fixer;
  • GUI now supports checking multiple files or a directory;
  • HTML summary report for multiple file results;
  • single file detailed report containing policy and feature information; and
  • stability improvements and performance optimization of the greenfield parser.

Conformance checker

  • fixed glyph width checks in case of exactly 1/1000 point difference;
  • fixed default color space processing for Indexed color spaces;
  • fixed Order array support for OCG checks in PDF/A-2; and
  • fixed Unicode character maps support for PDF/A-1 Level A.

Download veraPDF 0.28:

PDFBox version: http://downloads.verapdf.org/rel/verapdf-installer.zip

Greenfield version: http://downloads.verapdf.org/gf/verapdf-gf-installer.zip

Release notes:

https://github.com/veraPDF/veraPDF-library/releases/latest

About veraPDF

veraPDF is building an open source, industry-supported PDF/A validator. Please help us improve the software by downloading and testing it. If you encounter problems, or wish to suggest improvements, please add them to the project’s GitHub issue tracker https://github.com/veraPDF/veraPDF-library/issues, or contact us through our mailing list (http://lists.verapdf.org/listinfo/users).

veraPDF 0.26 released with new greenfield parser and batch processing functionality

The latest version of veraPDF includes the first beta release of our purpose-built PDF parser and validation model. It can be used alongside the PDFBox parser to compare the results.

veraPDF 0.26 has a new batch processor that produces multi-item reports. Highlights from the new release are below:

Conformance checker

  • added the new rule for embedded files to be associated with the document or its parts (PDF/A-3 only).

Application enhancements

  • first beta release of greenfield PDF/A validation available as a limited functionality app;
  • refactoring of sub component and application configuration for reproducible execution;
  • new Batch Processor producing multi-item reports;
  • batch processing is stream/event driven with event handlers for processing results; and
  • report structures altered to accommodate batch processing.

Code Quality

  • publication of integration tests for greenfield components;
  • memory usage and execution times in test reports;
  • example test report: http://tests.verapdf.org/0.26.8/

Test corpus

  • added 7 new test files to cover the new rule in PDF/A-3 validation profile.

Release notes:

Two downloads are available for veraPDF 0.26. Please read the release notes for further guidance: https://github.com/veraPDF/veraPDF-library/releases/latest

Download veraPDF 0.26:

PDFBox version: http://downloads.verapdf.org/rel/verapdf-installer.zip

Greenfield version: http://downloads.verapdf.org/gf/verapdf-gf-installer.zip

About veraPDF

veraPDF is building an open source, industry-supported PDF/A validator. veraPDF 1.0 will be released in December marking the end of the PREFORMA prototyping phase. A six month test phase begins in January 2017.

Please support our efforts by downloading and testing the software. If you encounter problems, or wish to suggest improvements, please add them to the project’s GitHub issue tracker (https://github.com/veraPDF/veraPDF-library/issues), or contact us through our mailing list. Regular feedback is very important, it helps to improve the software.

PREFORMA IMPACT and Sustainability Questionnaire

Please complete the PREFORMA questionnaire to help assess the impact of the project, and the three conformance checkers: veraPDF, MediaConch and DPF Manager: http://www.digitalmeetsculture.net/projects/preforma/preforma-questionnaire/ The survey closes 18 November.

PREFORMA Experience Workshop

We will be presenting the latest veraPDF developments at the PREFORMA Experience Workshop in Berlin on 23 November. Registration closes on 18 November:  http://experienceworkshop.preforma-project.eu/

Call for participation: PREFORMA Impact Assessment and Sustainability Questionnaire

The PREFORMA project is carrying out a questionnaire to assess the impact of the project, and the three conformance checkers: veraPDF, MediaConch and DPF Manager. The results will contribute to a report for the European Commission.

If you have followed the progress of the project, contributed requirements, or have used or tested the conformance checkers, we kindly ask you to fill in the online questionnaire to give your feedback. The questionnaire also explores plans for the sustainability of the project results.

There are four sections in the questionnaire. It will take approximately 15-20 minutes to complete.

Questionnaire

http://www.digitalmeetsculture.net/projects/preforma/preforma-questionnaire/.

The closing date is Friday 18 November 2016.

Your feedback is very important, we value your input for the report, and to shape follow on initiatives. If you have any questions or comments please contact Claudio Prandoni: prandoni(at)promoter(dot)it

veraPDF 0.24 released

The latest version of veraPDF is now available. Version 0.24 includes a prototype of batch validation in both the CLI and GUI. New enhancements:

Conformance checker

  • added extraction of the AFRelationship key for embedded files as a part of veraPDF feature extraction.

Application enhancements

  • implemented prototype of batch validation from CLI and GUI;
  • implemented robust handling of run-time exceptions during batch processing; and
  • added error info on the run-time exceptions to the validation report.

Code Quality

  • moved feature extraction and metadata fixing code to library; and
  • tidied various compiler warnings.

Download veraPDF 0.24:

http://downloads.verapdf.org/rel/verapdf-installer.zip

Release notes:

https://github.com/veraPDF/veraPDF-library/releases/latest

Call for testing

veraPDF is building an open source, industry-supported PDF/A validator. Please support our efforts by downloading and testing the software. If you encounter problems, or wish to suggest improvements, please add them to the project’s GitHub issue tracker (https://github.com/veraPDF/veraPDF-library/issues), or contact us through our mailing list. Your feedback is very important, it helps to improve the software.

Find out more about veraPDF

Webinar: Watch the recording and slides from our latest webinar: http://verapdf.org/2016/09/26/recording-and-slides-from-verapdf-webinar-published/
Mailing list: Join our mailing list: http://lists.verapdf.org/listinfo/users
Newsletter: Subscribe to to the veraPDF consortium’s newsletter: http://verapdf.org/subscribe/
Experience workshop: Meet us at the PREFORMA Experience workshop, 23 November 2016: http://experienceworkshop.preforma-project.eu/