PDF Xpansion SDK 15 released - New Features for eInvoicing & Digital Signatures

soft Xpansion has launched PDF Xpansion SDK 15. The new version comes with more features especially for creating, reading and validating electronic invoices.
By: soft Xpansion GmbH & Co. KG
Jan. 15, 2021 - PRLog -- soft Xpansion has launched PDF Xpansion SDK 15. Apart from PDF and PDF/A functionality of previous versions, the new version of the SDK also enables software developers to implement extensive eInvoicing features in their applications. These features comply with both the EU standard EN 16931 and directive 2014/55/EU. Thus, PDF Xpansion SDK 15 has been developed to cover a major trend in the field of invoicing: In many companies, electronic invoices have already replaced their paper ancestors. The reason is: processes linked to invoices (creation of and working with incoming and outgoing invoices) are handled much easier and faster with electronic instead of paper documents.

In order to establish eInvoices on a broad level, they have to fulfil important requirements: the use of a common (standard) data format on the one hand, plus the existence of laws and regulations that define the implementation rules for supplier and buyer, on the other hand.

Currently, the data formats FACTUR-X (in Germany and France), ZUGFeRD and XRechnung (both in Germany) are such standards, and they meet EU and national laws and regulations. ZUGFeRD is the German language abbreviation for Zentraler User Guide Forum elektronische Rechnung Deutschland, which means Central User Guide Forum Electronic Invoice Germany).

Software developers have already created solutions based on these formats. And on the usersŽ side, more and more companies are interested in these solutions. Apart from that, the use of "structured" invoice data instead of paper invoices or simple PDF files has become obligatory by law many countries. For example, in Germany, federal authorities only accept XML files in the XRechnung format since November 27, 2020.

ZUGFeRD and FACTUR-X combine a printable invoice (PDF/A-3 file as visual representation of the invoice data) with an embedded XML file that presents the invoice data in a specifically structured way. XRechnung is only an XML file without any visual representation at all.

PDF Xpansion SDK 15 does not only allow software manufacturers to implement functionality for the creation, reading, and validation of current eInvoicing formats (all published specifications of FACTUR-X, ZUGFeRD and XRechnung) in their applications, but also for the visualization of XML files in PDF format. Additionally, a separate new feature allows the conversion between the aforementioned eInvoicing formats.

Frank Dueckers
soft Xpansion GmbH & Co. KG
Koenigsallee 45
D-44789 Bochum, Germany
+49 234 298 41 73
+49 234 298 41 72

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