What to expect from PDF 2.0 aka ISO 32000-2?


These pages summarize the most important aspects of PDF 2.0 as specified in the latest ISO/DIS 32000-2 draft 4 (dated July 2016) which comprises almost 1000 pages. This draft standard is expected to be wrapped up in 2016 and published in 2017 – nine years after publication of the first standardized version PDF 1.7 as ISO 32000-1 in 2008.

Not all features added in PDF 2.0 have been designed from scratch. In fact, the majority of new features have been available in Acrobat versions for quite a while. Other features have been taken from the existing PDF/X, PDF/A, and PDF/VT standards in order to consolidate everything in PDF 2.0. We therefore start by presenting PDF 2.0 features which have been taken from existing sources before advancing to completely new capabilities provided by PDF 2.0. Finally, we’ll cover a few deprecated aspects of PDF functionality.

Existing Acrobat Features

Existing Features from PDF Standards

New Capabilities

Deprecated Features

What's missing in PDF 2.0?