I am replacing another employee, performing conversion of thousands of medical files to archivable format (sometimes singly, sometimes as batches). I was wondering if Adobe programmers might be able to program Adobe to change the file type as read in Windows explorer when the file is converted. The reason I ask is that there is no way to know when a document has already been converted without opening it.
If performing individual file conversion, or it was converted previously, I must rename each individual file for reference. Overwriting the original file is preferred to decrease steps.
When performing a batch conversion, the name is changed adding _A1b... to the end of the name, but the file extension remains *.pdf. Batching also causes the file to be duplicated and requires individual deletion of each file.
There has got to be a better way to see where I am in this process. I am requesting that the file type be demonstrated in the extension ex: .pdfa... or a separate file started with the duplicates to prevent deletion of necessary files when removing originals.
Duplicating is considered important because PDF/A is no longer editable. It's really important to keep the pre-PDF/A files archived, not convert-and-destroy.
There is no other file type they could use PDF/A is still PDF. That the type the PDF viewers recognise. If they called it .pdfa for example, no other apps would see or read it and this would be a bad thing for a format designed to be as portable as possible.