How to create PDFs compliant with PDF’s standards

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This article will tell you how to create PDFs compliant with PDF’s standards with Foxit PDF Editor.

Convert PDFs to standard-compliant PDFs (Pro only)

With Foxit PDF Editor Pro, you can convert PDFs as PDF/A, PDF/E, or PDF/X files if they are compliant with the specified requirements. There are three methods you can use to convert PDFs to standard-compliant PDFs: the Standards wizard (i.e. the Standards tab in the Preflight dialog box), a preflight profile, and the Save As command. The Standards wizard contains detailed information on PDF/A, PDF/E, or PDF/X standards and you can follow the onscreen instructions to complete the conversion. If you are familiar with standards, you can use the other two methods.

Convert to PDF/A, PDF/E, or PDF/X using the Standards wizard

1.      Click Convert > Preflight.

2.      Click the Standards tab in the Preflight dialog box.

3.      Select the standard you want to convert to, and click Continue.

4.      Select a desired version of the selected standard, and click Continue. (Or click Back to return to the previous step.)

5.      Select other options as appropriate, and click Save as…. (Or click Back to return to the previous step.)

6.      Specify the filename and location for the output file and click Save in the pop-up Save As dialog box.

If the conversion succeeds, a green check mark appears at the top of the Results tab in the Preflight dialog box, with detailed information below; if the conversion fails, a red X appears with the detailed information in the Results tab of the Preflight dialog box.

Convert to PDF/A, PDF/E, or PDF/X using a preflight profile

1.      Click Convert > Preflight.

2.      Click the Profile tab in the Preflight dialog box.

3.      Choose the profile you need from the compliance profile groups, and click Analyze and fix.

4.      Specify the filename and location for the output file and click Save in the pop-up Save As dialog box.

If the conversion succeeds, a green check mark appears at the top of the Results tab in the Preflight dialog box, with detailed information below; if the conversion fails, a red X appears with the detailed information in the Results tab of the Preflight dialog box.

Convert to PDF/A, PDF/E, or PDF/X using the Save As command

1.      Click File > Save As.

2.      In the Save As dialog box, select PDF/A, PDF/E, or PDF/X from the file types. Optionally, click Settings… to select more options for the conversion.

3.      Specify the filename and location for the output file and click Save.

If the conversion fails, a message pops up telling you the generated document is not compliant with the selected standard and you can use the Preflight command to identify the problems that prevent the document from being compliant. 

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