I am having a challenging time trying to convert pdf files into PDA/A files and wonder if there is anyone out there who might be able to offer some advice?
The pdf files have been created in numerous ways, such as being scanned from a paper copy or being rendered in a document management system.
I am using Adobe Professional 9 to convert them.
Any ideas would be gratefully received!
Some additional information on what sort of challenges you’re experience might help to troubleshoot. However, right off the top, I would suspect that the ancient version of the software you’re using may play a part.
Thanks for your response Lorne. One of the challenges is that we can only print to PDF/A, we can’t save as a PDF/A. When we are able to print to PDF/A, the file sizes are huge in comparison to the original scanned pdf. E.g. 2.5MB increases to 32MB. Also, we keep getting preflight errors, one of which related to xmp metadata.
Do you think the old version of Adobe Pro could be to blame?
The Acrobat print driver has long had a tendency to balloon file sizes, especially with an image (such as a scanned input), so that is no surprise. I would suspect that you’re doing this on Win10 machines?
Also, as far as the xmp metadata error, are you attempting to make any changes whatsoever to the file after it has been converted to PDF/A-1a? Such as trying to do a verification?
Oh, and Hans brings up a point to consider that there are solutions out there beyond Acrobat desktop to be able to do file conversion and optimization in volume.
We are not attempting to make any changes following the PDF/A conversion but we have been selecting PDF/A-1b as we understood this was the option for less structured documents.
OK, sorry, thought you had indicated you were using 1a. The xmp error in preflight for 1b is something that is resolved in later versions of Acrobat.
I would suggest getting 1 seat of current Acrobat DC on a monthly subscription (it’s cheap that way) and trying it on the same machine(s) that you’re having problems and see if the problems go away. If they do, you can look at getting additional subscriptions as required.
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