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Generate PDF/A- and PDF/X-compliant PDFs

Adobe Employee ,
Jul 14, 2020 Jul 14, 2020

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PDF is one of the most common formats to share your technical and marketing content. There are various industry standards for creating PDF and these standards define the purpose and usage of PDF. Some of the most common PDF standards are: 

  • PDF/X: is used for graphics exchange and printing-related requirements.
  • PDF/E: is used for interactive exchange of engineering documents.
  • PDF/A: is used for long-term archiving of electronic documents.


Depending on your organizational requirements, you can define a custom standard to create PDFs. These standards are created in the form of a .joboptions file.


The latest release of FrameMaker allows you to use your own custom standard or the predefined standards to create PDF/A or PDF/X-compliant PDFs. The whole process involves copying your .joboptions file to a specific location. Thereafter, FrameMaker does the job of publishing your document using the settings defined in the .joboptions file.


For more information, see PDF settings.

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