PR: Seybold Launches Major PDF Usage Survey
Comprehensive Study Will Explore Practical Use of PDF in Print Production

17 June 2002

LOS ANGELES, CA -- Seybold Publications and Seybold Seminars, divisions of Key3Media Group Inc., today began a comprehensive online survey aimed at users of Adobe Systems' Portable Document Format (PDF). Participants will include those who generate PDF files, such as designers and publishers, as well as those who receive and process PDFs, including prepress companies and printers. The survey will get to the bottom of how well PDF software tools work in the entire document chain.

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"Our survey results will enable vendors, educators, users, and industry observers to gain required data about the use of various PDF file formats and tools," said Hans Hartman, co-chair of the Seybold PDF Conference. "In addition, we're eager to identify work procedures and users' perspectives on how they will implement PDF in the future." Seybold representatives believe the survey results will reveal significant industry figures, including; the use of PDF in conjunction with native file formats, the use of specific tools to create or fix PDFs, and the expected adoption of the PDF/X and JDF formats.

The survey will be conducted online, between June 17 and July 19. Those interested in participating may do so at:

The survey results will be made public during the PDF Summit, at the Seybold PDF Conference in San Francisco, on September 10. The results of a competitive PDF Workflow Shootout, now being conducted by Seybold Publications, will also be announced at the event. The Shootout will measure how different workflow systems can create viable, press-ready PDFs from problematic application files. A special report, detailing both the survey and shootout findings, will be published and made available at the conference.

"Seybold Seminars has always been the place where standards are proposed, debated and refined," said Gene Gable, president Seybold Seminars and Publications. "Our commitment and investment in this PDF research and shootout demonstrates our advocacy for open, usable standards that deliver the highest-quality results for the industry."

For more information about Seybold Seminars, visit To register as media for the event contact Dervla O'Reilly. For more information about the creators of the survey contact John Parsons and Hans Hartman.

About Seybold Seminars: Seybold Report is a newsletter analyzing publishing technologies. Seybold Seminars is the leading brand educating the publishing, graphic arts, Web, entertainment and general business industries on how to implement technology for effective and profitable content creation, management and delivery. With a 30-year history focused on top-notch education, in-depth technology discussion and marketplace analysis, Seybold Seminars has become the premier gathering place for buyers, sellers and strategists who share the common goal of effective and profitable communications across multiple media. Focusing on the common challenges of print, Web, video and other forms of media technology, Seybold Seminars highlights the latest in graphic arts production tools, design and information architecture strategies, digital rights and asset management, marketing personalization and on-demand publishing opportunities.

About Key3 Media Group: Seybold San Francisco 2002 is a Key3Media event. Key3Media Group, Inc., is the world's leading producer of information technology tradeshows and conferences, serving more than 5,300 exhibiting companies and 1.3 million attendees through 60 events in 17 countries. Key3Media's products range from the IT industry's largest exhibitions such as COMDEX and NetWorld+Interop to highly focused events featuring renowned educational programs, custom seminars and specialized vendor marketing programs. For more information about Key3Media, visit

Key3Media, Seybold Seminars, Seybold San Francisco, COMDEX, NetWorld+Interop, Interop and associated design marks and logos are trademarks owned or used under license by Key3Media Events, Inc., and may be registered in the United States and other countries. NetWorld is a service mark of Novell, Inc., and is registered in certain jurisdictions. Other names mentioned may be trademarks of their respective owners.


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