The International Standards Organization (ISO) published the PDF/A-2 standard in June. The latest version of the standard for long-term document archiving offers a range of extra functionality, including high performance JPEG2000 compression, support for transparency, and embedding of OpenType fonts. To help users get their heads around the new standard, the PDF/A Competence Center will be running a series of webinars.
The series will kick off at 3:00 pm CEST on September 1, 2011 with "PDF/A Update -- Advantages of PDF/A-2". During the session, PDF/A Competence Center member LuraTech Europe GmbH will provide a brief overview of PDF/A and describe the advantages of PDF/A-2. The session's emphasis will be on functions for scanned documents. Those interested can register free of charge.
From 4:00 pm CEST the next day (September 2), board chairman of the PDF/A Competence Center and CEO of callas Software GmbH will present "PDF/A-2: What you need to know about the new part of the ISO standard". The webinar will detail the technical innovations of PDF/A-2. Registration for this session is also free.
Dutch- and Spanish-language webinars will also be held on September 7 and 13, respectively.
Given the recent release the standard, I'd urge those involved in archiving to check out the webinars if possible. PDF/X-2 marks the first interation of the archiving standard that is based on PDF 1.7, which has itself been standardized as ISO 32000.
OK, so you want to stamp your document. Maybe you need to give reviewers some advice about the document's status or sensitivity. This tip from author Ted Padova demonstrates how to add stamps with the Stamp Tool along with related comments.