Convert PDF to PDF/A and set PDF keywords

You can use the command line application PDF to PDF/A Converter to help you convert PDF document to PDF/A document which is another version of PDF document. With this command line application, you can also set different parameters for the target file such as set PDF keywords.

PDF to PDF/A Converter allows you to convert your existing PDF documents (normal or scanned) into ISO 19005-1 PDF/A-compliant archivable documents. This helps to ensure that you can find the right document when you need it, and that it will appear the same way it did when you archived it.

Using PDF to PDF/A Converter to convert your PDF files to PDF/A helps to ensure that your documents will be archivable and display reliably.

If you are interested in the application, you can download the free trial version of it at and extract the ZIP file to some disk of your computer. Then the executable file pdf2pdfa.exe which is the called program in the conversion from PDF to PDF/A will be runnable instantly.

Then please see the following contents for describing the steps about the conversion.

Firstly, please open MS-DOS interface. There are two ways for your reference. The first way is to use the hot key “Window”+ “R” on the keyboard to open “Run” dialog box in which you need to input “cmd” in “Open” combo box and click “OK” button. The second way is to click “Start” to open “Start” menu and click “Run” in the menu.

Secondly, you need to input the command line in MS-DOS interface. The command line is a combination of called program, parameter for setting PDF keywords, source file and target file. If you cannot understand, please see the following command line template:

pdf2pdfa.exe –keyword VeryDOC C:\File-in.pdf D:\File-out.pdf

The command line means that the called program pdf2pdfa.exe will convert the source file C:\File-in.pdf to the target file D:\File-out.pdf and use the parameter –keyword to set PDF keywords as VeryDOC.

Please don’t forget to use the paths of file that you use in the command line for accurately calling them. Then please click “Enter” button on the keyboard to run the conversion from PDF to PDF/A.

That’s all the operations for the conversion. If you still have some problems, please leave a reply and we will give you a satisfy answer as soon as possible.

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