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I can't do many things with PDF/A format files that I could do with regular PDF files such as 'cropping' the document etc.

How can I convert PDF/A to normal PDF document?

I installed PitStop pro but couldn't find it.

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You don't tell us, but I assume it: you are using Adobe Acrobat in order to 'crop' your PDF/A? Which exact version is it?

Anyway, in the Preferences > Document settings, you can switch off a Display PDF/A in PDF/A-mode.

Once you've done that the blue horizontal band informing you about the PDF/A property of the file at the top of each page will disappear, and it will be possible to manipulate the file. (You may need to re-open the PDF).

Once manipulated (and saved), the PDF/A property will be lost anyway.

Viewing PDF/A files in PDF/A-mode prevents Acrobat from changing the file (since PDF/A is for *a*rchiving).

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Thank you very much !! It works !!! (I used Adobe Acrobat Pro X) –  user67275 Jul 15 '12 at 16:25
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@user67275: It is common on this Web-Platform to NOT say 'thank you', but to instead upvote good answers. How to upvote? Simply click on the ^ icon to the left of the answer.... –  Kurt Pfeifle Jul 15 '12 at 19:03
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If you use Acrobat you can save the file as JPEG. This creates a bunch of numbered jpegs which you can then select in windows explorer, right click and choose to combine them in a pdf.

Note: In the Save As dialog box you can click the settings button to specify the quality of the jpegs.

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PDF/A document is considered an archive that should not be changed. If you have Adobe Acrobat, you can remove PDF/A. http://blogs.adobe.com/acrolaw/2011/05/how-to-remove-pdfa-information-from-a-file/

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Whilst this may theoretically answer the question, it would be preferable to include the essential parts of the answer here, and provide the link for reference. –  Canadian Luke Sep 25 '13 at 2:41
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  1. Click Edit and select Preferences.
  2. In the Preferences dialog box, click on the View documents in PDF/A Mode dropdown and select Never.
  3. Click OK.
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