veraPDF releases prototype validation library for PDF/A-1b

An early release of the veraPDF validation library is now available. This 0.4 release delivers:

  • a working validation model and validator;
  • an initial, unverified PDF/A-1b validation profile; and
  • prototype PDF feature reporting (characterisation).

This release comes ahead of our development schedule enabling users to test our first implementation of PDF/A-1b validation on single files, using a GUI. The latest version of the 0.4 release can be obtained from our download area:

Version 0.4 release notes are available on GitHub:

Instructions for unpacking the GUI zip archive, running the GUI and loading the PDF/A-1b profile can be found here:–using-the-gui-package

The PDF/A-1b profile has been tested internally against our corpora, but has not been fully assessed by the PDF Association’s PDF Validation Technical Working Group (TWG), nor has it passed the PREFORMA project’s acceptance tests.

Feedback is welcome, please use the project’s GitHub issue tracker to submit bug reports or enhancement requests.

Our next release milestone is on 31 October 2015, aligning with the end of the first design phase of the PREFORMA project. Details of the software development roadmap are published on the veraPDF website. You can also receive updates by subscribing to the veraPDF consortium’s newsletter.

Led by the Open Preservation Foundation and the PDF Association, the veraPDF consortium is developing the definitive open source, file-format validator for all parts and conformance levels of ISO 19005 (PDF/A). The software is designed to meet the needs of memory institutions responsible for preserving digital content for the long term.

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.



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