I have a thesis written in word with some figures. I was required to write it in Word, but in the end I managed to deal with the figures. I exported to PDF for printing, and it looks fine on screen and in print. However, in addition to some print copies I have to upload the PDF, and I just learned as PDF/A-compliant file. When I leave everything unchanged except selecting the PDF/A button, the problems begin:
Image resolution for bitmaps drops dramatically; images look terrible (but okay after going back to “normal” (i.e. non PDF/A-compliant). I followed these three suggestions, without real improvement.
In composite figures with textboxes turned to a degree other than 0°, they flip back to 0°. (A workaround I figured out (by chance) for 90° text: Do not turn the box but use text direction instead.)
One figure turned almost completely black (i.e. most likely complementary colors). I solved this only after deleting and re-inserting it.
I use Word 2016 on Windows 10 for writing and creating the PDF/As. I do not have Acrobat.
I tested three methods that do not solve the problem (esp. Problem 1):
- Export → PDF/A: problem described above.
- Save as → PDF/A: same low resolution figures.
- Print to PDF: does not keep hyperlinks.