PDF/A Conversion

PDF Studio allows you to convert PDF documents to ISO PDF archival formats. These document formats were designed so that they will always render exactly the same as when they were saved.

Below are the available PDF archival standards that PDF Studio is able to convert.

How to Convert a PDF to PDF/A Standards

  1. Open the PDF Document you wish to convert
  2. Go to the Convert Tab > PDF/A on the toolbar and select the profile you wish to use
  3. A dialog will be displayed showing the changes that will be made to the document
  4. Choose a file name and location to save the document
  5. Click Save to convert the document to the selected PDF/A Profile

Unsupported Features in PDF/A Conversion:

Below is a list of features that may cause errors during the PDF/A conversion.

Preflight Conversion Results

Results List - Lists any content in the document that was not converted with the selected profile.

 - Items that could NOT be fixed by PDF Studio.

 - Items that were not fixed due to user settings in PDF/A Preferences.

Expand - Expands the results tree to show all preflight error results

Collapse - Collapses the results tree to only show the preflight error categories

Print - Prints the entire tree exactly as it is displayed in the preflight results list

Verify that Existing Document is Compliant

Viewing the Document or Document Properties

When opening a document that is compliant a blue notification "This document is tagged as compliant" will be displayed at the bottom of the PDF Studio window. You can also confirm the compliance in the document properties dialog.

  1. Go to File > Document Properties from the menu or using the shortcut keys Ctrl + D (Cmd + D on Mac).
  2. Click on the General Tab
  3. In the lower right corner of the general document properties there will be a "PDF/A" label that will show "Yes" if the document meets the compliance standards

Using Preflight Verification

You can also use the Preflight Verification tool in PDF Studio to verify that the document complies with the various PDF/A profiles.