PDF/raster is a strict subset of the PDF file format, for storing and transporting multipage raster image documents, especially scanned documents. PDF/raster provides the portability of PDF while offering the core functionality of TIFF. Bitonal, grayscale and truecolor images are supported. Compression options include uncompressed, JPEG, and lossless CCITT Group 4 Fax.
PDF/raster is intended to be a standard format for storing, transporting and exchanging scanned documents. As a subset of PDF, it takes advantage of the widespread support for viewing, printing and processing PDF files. As a narrowly restricted subset of PDF, it is much simpler to generate and interpret, allowing it to replace the TIFF and JPEG file formats for capture and delivery of scanner output.
Here we offer a draft of the PDF/raster Specification
This draft will soon be subject to a ballot in the ISO committee process on the way to becoming an international standard, so please be aware it is possibly subject to change. For more details, please visit the Development page.