PDF/VT Application Notes

Developed by the PDF/VT Competence Center in close cooperation with ISO TC130 WG2/TF3 (PDF/VT). This document has been developed to aid implementers of PDF/VT workflow tools and demonstrate the various design features of the PDF/VT file format. It is intended to supplement ISO 16612-2:2010 – Graphic technology — Variable data exchange Part 2: Using PDF/X-4 and PDF/X-5 (PDF/ VT-1 and PDF/VT-2), which is available for purchase from APTech.

Most of it is also relevant for ISO 16612-3 (PDF/VT-3), also available for purchase from APTech.

Best Practice Guides

The PDF Association has also published two best practice guides, one for designers and one for developers and other readers interested in the technical details. They are available at:



A related best practice guide, “FULL SPEED AHEAD – How to make variable data PDF files that won't slow your digital press,” is available from Global Graphics Software at: https://www.globalgraphics.com/full-speed-ahead

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