How to convert PDF to PDF/A?

In this article, you will see a new application named as PDF to PDF/A converter which is specially designed for converting the document of PDF to PDF/A. It is a command line application, for using it, you should open the MS-DOS interface to input the command line in it.

You may ask why convert the document of PDF to PDF/A. Actually, people often use PDF document to save their contents for it is more saver than word, txt or other formats document. But PDF document relies on external information when you open and read it. So as time flies, there may come to some problems with the PDF documents if the external conditions are changes.

So PDF document is not suitable to save contents for long time. But PDF/A document can do a better job about this problem. When you create a PDF/A document, all the information needed to open or read the document are embedded in PDF/A document and you can read it anytime and anywhere independent external information.

Then the command line application PDF to PDF/A converter plays an important role in the conversion from PDF to PDF/A. You should download a free trial version of it to experience at Please extract the ZIP file to your computer and the executable file pdf2pdfa.exe will be runnable at once. It is the called program in the conversion.

There are three steps in the conversion from PDF to PDF/A in total. Please see the following contents.

The first step is to open MS-DOS interface for inputting the command line in it. You can click “Start”—“Run” to open “Run” dialog box in which you can type “cmd” in “Open” combo box of the dialog box. Then click “OK” button. If you want to use other way to open “Run” dialog box, please press “Window”+ “R” on the keyboard, which is the hot key method.

The second step is to input the command line in popup MS-DOS interface. The command line is made up of called program which is the executable file pdf2pdfa.exe mentioned above, source file which is the PDF document needed to be converted and the target file which is the PDF/A document you wan to get.

Know little about the command line, please see the following example:

pdf2pdfa.exe C:\INPUT.pdf C:\OUTPUT.pdf

In the command line,

pdf2pdfa.exe stands for the called program and you need to use its path when call it in MS-DOS interface.

C:\INPUT.pdf  stands for the path of source file.

C:\OUTPUT.pdf  is the name of target file.

At last, for running the conversion from PDF to PDF/A, please click “Enter” button on the keyboard and you should find the target file in specified location after the conversion.

If you want to learn more information about the application PDF to PDF/A converter or buy any licenses it supplies, please visit its homepage:

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