How do I update a pdf from version 1.3 to 1.4?

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Jun 19, 2020 Jun 19, 2020

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I need to send a pdf document in version 1.4 or higher but when I scan it comes out as version 1.3.  How do I update the pdf version 1.3 to version 1.4?

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Jun 19, 2020 Jun 19, 2020

By definition, a PDF 1.3 file complies with the PDF 1.4 specification except being labelled as a PDF 1.4 file.

 

The other way around isn't necessarily true. I suspect that whoever is specifying the requirement for PDF 1.4 is really saying they don't want to or can't accept a PDF 1.5 file or higher. 😃

 

If you are dealing with someone who doesn't understand this, you can force the PDF 1.3 file to be labelled as PDF 1.4 by using the Save as => Optimized PDF function, specifying no changes to the

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By definition, a PDF 1.3 file complies with the PDF 1.4 specification except being labelled as a PDF 1.4 file.

 

The other way around isn't necessarily true. I suspect that whoever is specifying the requirement for PDF 1.4 is really saying they don't want to or can't accept a PDF 1.5 file or higher. 😃

 

If you are dealing with someone who doesn't understand this, you can force the PDF 1.3 file to be labelled as PDF 1.4 by using the Save as => Optimized PDF function, specifying no changes to the PDF other than having the file comply and be tagged as PDF 1.4. That should work.

 

- Dov Isaacs, former Adobe Principal Scientist (April 30, 1990 - May 30, 2021)

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May 12, 2022 May 12, 2022

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How do you accomplish this without Adobe Pro?

In my case I'm trying to upload a PDF to a banking website to show proof of insurance and the uploadinng interface says that only PDF versionn 1.4 can be uploaded.

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May 12, 2022 May 12, 2022

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Open the PDF file in a Text editor (Notepad++, BBEdit…) and edit the version number on the first line.

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That worked great.  Thanks!

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Jun 20, 2020 Jun 20, 2020

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PDF 1.4 = Acrobat 5

 

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