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  • We recommend using the subtype PDF/A-2b (b stands for basic) for saving new documents.
  • PDF/A-2u may be used if searching for special characters is particularly important (use the method with Adobe Acrobat Pro).
  • The PDF/A-1b Format is still recommended and older PDF/A documents do not need to be migrated.

3. Comparison of

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four conversion methods

Converting from MS Word or MS PowerPoint to PDF/A (or PDF) can be slow and can lead to loss of links and to errors in vector graphs, formulae, and special fonts. The following table shows pros and cons of four methods.


Speed

Quality

Limitations

PDFMaker (recommended method)

Slow

good

Convert to PDF/A-2b or PDF (PDF/A-2u not available)

Adobe Acrobat Pro

Very Slow

good

none

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Fast

References to footnotes no longer react to mouse clicks, but remain readable.

Converts to PDF/A-3a or PDF (no other options for PDF/A)

Adobe Distiller

Fast

Underlaid hyperlinks are lost

References to footnotes no longer react to mouse clicks, but remain readable.

Convert to PDF/A-1b or PDF, as conversion to PDF/A-2b is not available


4. Instructions for the

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four conversion methods

 

PDFMaker (recommended method)

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