PDF/A-1b not compliant

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Dec 10, 2021 Dec 10, 2021

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Hi,

 

Seems PDF/A-1b files from FM are not compliant PDF/A-1b when testing in Acrobat. Tested with a simple lorem ipsum FM doc with an image. Report "xmp property not predefined and no extension schema".

 

Anyone else being able to replicate this?

 

Best regards.

Mats

 

 

 

 

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Adobe Employee , Dec 10, 2021 Dec 10, 2021
PDF/A-1 requires PDF version 1.3 or 1.4. Also, it does not support things like transparencies. I guess, this might be the reason, why not even the latest Creative Cloud apps (I just checked InDesign, PhotoShop, and Illustrator) or FrameMaker support this any longer out-of-the-box. The only support that is there in the Creative Cloud apps currently is PDF/X-1a/b, PDF/X-2, PDF/X-3, and PDF/X-4. However, you can use Acrobat Pro DC to convert a PDF to a PDF/A: https://helpx.adobe.com/in/acrobat/using/pdf-x-pdf-a-pdf.html...

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Dec 10, 2021 Dec 10, 2021

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And using FM 16.0.3.979.

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Thanks for reporting this. I did a first quick test, and I could reproduce this. I filled in the File Info for the FM document, and Acrobat Conformance Report reports the same error you get. However, XMP metadata is coming in the published PDF. We will investigate the exact issue and if it is a problem in FrameMaker or Acrobat Conformance Check.

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Thanks.

 

I was also curious why FM do not offer PDF/A-1a files as output, but ony -1b? Within many governmental organzations in Europe, only -1a is accepted for long-term archiving. Seems odd that much less advanced software like MS Word can generate compliant PDF/A-1a but not FM.

 

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Mats

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PDF/A-1 requires PDF version 1.3 or 1.4. Also, it does not support things like transparencies. I guess, this might be the reason, why not even the latest Creative Cloud apps (I just checked InDesign, PhotoShop, and Illustrator) or FrameMaker support this any longer out-of-the-box. The only support that is there in the Creative Cloud apps currently is PDF/X-1a/b, PDF/X-2, PDF/X-3, and PDF/X-4.

 

However, you can use Acrobat Pro DC to convert a PDF to a PDF/A:

https://helpx.adobe.com/in/acrobat/using/pdf-x-pdf-a-pdf.html

 

Note, that for PDFA/1-a you need activate the Tagged PDF option in FrameMaker's Publish Settings, as PDF/A requires tagged PDFs.

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Yes, that route works when testing the following cases:

  • FM > *.sts with PDF/A-1b 2005 (CMYK or RGB) + Create Tagged PDF > Conversion in Acrobat DC = Compliant PDF/A-1a
  • FM > *.sts with Press Quality + Create Tagged PDF > Conversion in Acrobat DC = Compliant PDF/A-1a 
  • FM > *.sts wit PDF/X-4 2008 + Create Tagged PDF > Conversion in Acrobat DC = Compliant PDF/A-1

 

Best regards,

Mats 

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Any update on this, Stefan? I didn't see it in the Update 4 release notes.

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Mats

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PDF/A-1b as per my original post, that is.

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