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Paper predicted to be (almost) matched by PDF as a long-term storage format of choice within 5 years

18 Jan 2009 | | No Comment

Vanessa Ho of eChannelLine Daily New has written an interesting piece that outlines the benefits of PDF as a long-term storage format as detailed in recent AIIM research.

According to Vanessa, Betsy Fanning, director of standards at AIIM says:

  • PDF/A files are entirely self-contained
  • PDF/A files allow the incorporation of scanned images from a variety of compressed formats
  • PDF/A became an ISO standard in 2005
  • PDF/A is far better than archiving natives files from any specific application
  • PDF can be read on virtually any operating system
  • PDF can be generated freely by a number of tools (ed: note our list of free creators here)

For those with a strong interest in PDF and Enterprise Content Manangement (ECM), the most significant point (to my mind) of this article was that within 5 years, PDF is expected to be in use by 93% of the organizations survey.

You can read the research itself in depth at “Content Creation and Delivery – The On-Ramps and Off-Ramps of ECM” (downloadable after creating a free login).

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