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How do I convert PDF to PDF/A? - No preference of operating system to run the script or program.

(this is for printing directly on my printer; however the printer requires print formats with fonts included)

  • What program are you using the generate the files? Many provide an option. – Bob Aug 30 '13 at 3:29
  • Yeah, LibreOffice suite is what I use to create my PDF/A files; but most of the PDFs I want to print I get online; in only PDF format… – A T Aug 30 '13 at 8:24
  • In that case, you may have some luck with pdftk. I'm not sure if it can do this, but it's a pretty powerful all-round piece of software. – Bob Aug 30 '13 at 8:51
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your best bet may be GhostScript (Postscript interpreter for PDF), but I can't tell you exactly how to pull it off, so you will have to do some research. you may want to start here

you can try a web service like this one (2mb limit though), and almost all commercial editors allow you to save in PDF/A in either the Save As ... feature or the document properties.

DocuPrinter Pro: http://neevia.com/products/dppro/

Acrobat Pro: http://blogs.adobe.com/acrolaw/2011/05/using-save-as-to-to-conform-to-pdfa/

Solid Documents 'PDF to PDF/A' : http://www.soliddocuments.com/convert/PDF-to-PDF-A/303/11

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I was able to get what I was looking for using an open-source PDF printer by the name "PDFCreator".

options screen

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Embedding all fonts in a PDF is not the same thing as having a file that complies with the PDF/A (ISO 19005) set of standards. Compliance with PDF/A requires many more features of PDF to be enabled (or disabled) accordingly.

  • Yeah, I know. However for this specific problem of not being able to print, whether it's PDF/A compliant or not isn't the issue; what I need to be able to do is print in same font as is on screen. – A T Sep 3 '13 at 6:57

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