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      CommentAuthorClaus
    • CommentTimeSep 6th 2010
     
    Ok, after Gregor gave me a heads-up about PDF/X I've spent pretty much all day in front of the computer figuring out how to ensure my Open Office PDF is PDF/X compliant. As well as learning about the various PDF/X standards from PDF/X-1a to PDF/X-5.

    It is a long and messy subject and there are no easy answers. I've posted about it at some length over on my blog and although I had high hopes for PDFCreator I think I'll end up just using Open Office's PDF/A export. Sadly this means I have to forget about the background image I was planning to have behind the text and just stick to plain-old white paper.

    If anyone can suggest a free (or cheap) way to create PDF/X compliant PDF with background images and with transparencies (or the ability to flatten them) then I might just find the energy... somehow... to port my document from Open Office. I tried using PDFCreator to print a PDF/X, but as detailed in my blog I don't entirely trust the result because of a number of errors reported by Adobe, even if it looks just fine.
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      CommentAuthorJoe Prince
    • CommentTimeSep 6th 2010
     
    I use pdffactory from these folkshttp://www.fineprint.com/ it is a little bit hit and miss with transparencies though...
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    If you want professional PDFs and have total control, there's really only Acrobat. Adobe owns the PDF format and other applications' PDF output is not "true" PDF, strictly speaking. It's a monopoly, and it's a bummer.

    Good thing about having Adobe Acrobat is that it allows you to print to PDF from any application, so you can print directly from OpenOffice to a PDF with settings controlled by you.

    But the price tag is hefty (companies with charitable status can get it cheaper, but I guess that's not an option.)

    Per