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  • Convert PDF to PDF/A-1A format

    Does anyone know of a way to convert a large number of existing PDF files to PDF/A-1A, not X-1A, format other than using Acrobat 8 preflight tool? Would like to be able to drag and drop to 1st choice of using a hot folder. If not a hot folder maybe an application that would do this outside of Acrobat.

    Thanks

  • #2
    Re: Convert PDF to PDF/A-1A format

    you can try this:

    http://www.adobe.com/products/livecy.../features.html

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    • #3
      Re: Convert PDF to PDF/A-1A format

      Are these documents already properly tagged and Unicode compliant?
      Remember that PDF/A-1a (unlike A-1b) requires tagging and Unicode
      compliance - which isn't something that is going to happen
      automatically.

      Perhaps PDF/A-1b is acceptable to you?

      And be aware that you can use "Droplets" with the Preflight tool in
      Acrobat 8 to do "drag and drop" conversion of lots of documents!

      Leonard

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      • #4
        Re: Convert PDF to PDF/A-1A format

        No. in general I do not expect them to be unicode compliant.

        A1b does not do the trick for me. It is the checking and converting to unicode that I want to accomplish.

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        • #5
          Re: Convert PDF to PDF/A-1A format

          The PDF producer needs to include something called a "ToUnicode" table
          with each font that it creates inside the PDF. Either it does it (like
          Acrobat and the Creative Suite) or it doesn't. If it's not done at the
          time of creation, then there are very few tools that can recreate it.

          Leonard

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          • #6
            Re: Convert PDF to PDF/A-1A format

            Gotcha . . .
            Would the "ToUnicode" table be something like this?

            19 0 obj
            <</Subtype/TrueType/FontDescriptor 16 0 R/LastChar 33/Widths 17 0 R/BaseFont/NLLPBF+Times-Roman/FirstChar 33/ToUnicode 18 0 R/Type/Font>>
            endobj

            Thinking this is what you are talking about, and the file has this, but then fails the built-in Acrobat conversion to a1a saying "Text cannot be mapped to Unicode" what can I do to get it converted to the more stable unicode?

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            • #7
              Re: Convert PDF to PDF/A-1A format

              Actually, it would be that object #18 pointed to by the ToUnicode
              reference.

              Can you send me the PDF itself to look at? I don't believe you are
              looking at the correct parts of the PDF...

              Leonard

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              • #8
                Re: Convert PDF to PDF/A-1A format

                Most likely not looking in the right place. You should now have a copy of this PDF

                Look forward to your insight.

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                • #9
                  Re: Convert PDF to PDF/A-1A format

                  DavidMa,
                  I will look at that more. Do you use this?

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                  • #10
                    Re: Convert PDF to PDF/A-1A format

                    No I do not, I was just doing a Google for a conversion software other than Acrobat, which you stated you did not want to use. (Even tho, a droplet made from Acrobat would probably serve your purpose, but that would cause you to be using Acrobat, so I did not include that in my response.)

                    HTH,
                    David

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                    • #11
                      Re: Convert PDF to PDF/A-1A format

                      local1,

                      at callas software, we have a Plug-in for Acrobat Windows - as well as CLI Version for automation - to carry out necessary changes to convert a PDF document to a valid PDF/A document. However, we can not do the tagging afterwards. Tags already need to be defined properly.

                      A test version can be obtained from

                      [pdfaPilot product page|ttp://www.callassoftware.com/pdfa/doku.php/enroductslugindfapilot]


                      Leonard also pointed out the PDF/A implementation in the Preflight tool where you have the possibility to define certain "FixUps" and save the resulting preflight profile as Droplet.

                      Regards,

                      Peter Kleinheider
                      callas software

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                      • #12
                        Re: Convert PDF to PDF/A-1A format

                        Let myself (I'm a Callas partner) or Peter know if you are interested in a demo of pdfAPilot or pdfAValidator from Callas. There are Mac OS X and Windows versions available.

                        Matt Beals
                        Consultant
                        Enfocus Certified Trainer
                        Callas & Markzware Recognized Trainer
                        Matt Beals
                        The views expressed here are my own personal views and are not those of my employer.

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                        • #13
                          Re: Convert PDF to PDF/A-1A format

                          the test version seems to work only in PC though. That is out of the question at least for my workflow

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