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How to check that a pdf is in ISO 32000-1:2008(PDF 1.7) standard?

Jun 16, 2012 12:37 AM

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How one can know that a pdf file is in  ISO 32000-1:2008(PDF 1.7) standard format?


Breif Introdution abt ISO 32000-1:2008(PDF 1.7)

ISO is named as "International Organization Standardization" who look after the standardization of diffrent format gobally. Now that had mention ISO 32000-1:2008 standard for PDF. So how we ensure that a pdf is of this standard.


Do acrobat had any option to look the ISO standard of a pdf file or else way to view it.




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    Jun 16, 2012 10:02 AM   in reply to Andy024

    The Professional version of Acrobat includes a pre-flight feature which can check, change, and verify various features of the PDF. The predefined pre-flights include a number of PDF/A variations.



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  • George Johnson
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    Jun 16, 2012 9:37 AM   in reply to Andy024

    I've never heard of such a thing. Here's an interesting discussion: td2161705.html

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    Jun 17, 2012 2:10 AM   in reply to Andy024

    All I can say apart from what GKaiseril has mentioned in Post 1 is every PDF created from/within Adobe Acrobat meets this standard. If it's a third party PDF, you can try refrying it by printing to Adobe PDF printer and getting a new one created.

    You can read more on this blog by James C. King. It's very informative. .html

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    Jun 19, 2012 1:05 AM   in reply to GKaiseril

    ISO 32000-1 is nothing to do with PDF/A - it is the core standard for the PDF/1.7 document format. PDF/A is covered by ISO 19005-1.


    Preflight can run a number of checks but there is no easy way to verify compliance with PDF/1.7 as a whole. You can try the "Report PDF Syntax Issues" profile in Preflight but that does not guarantee to detect non-compliance, only the most common things which will break the document.


    Creating your PDF files using a standards-compliant application such as Adobe Acrobat is by far the best option - I  never recommend refrying a PDF unless there is a specific necessity to do so and the file is only destined for hardcopy print, as it will break pretty much everything (accessibility tags, scripts, forms, links, media, layers, color spaces, certificates, etc.).


    Because it's not easy to verify, and Acrobat always produces standards-compliant files, many commercial printers and publishers insist on "Adobe PDFs" rather than generic ones, and will reject files that have been created with third-party software.

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