[OS X TeX] How to make PDF/A document by LaTeX?

Daniel Becker daniel.becker at uni-rostock.de
Mon Mar 2 14:46:46 CET 2009

Hallo  -

> Hi all,
> I am trying to produce a pdf/a-1b document by the recently released  
> pdfx package:
> \documentclass{book} 	
> \usepackage[a-1b]{pdfx}
> Hello!
> \end{document}

My experience with this package is that it fails once your LaTeX- 
Constructs become more complicated, include images of various sorts,  
color etc. But I guess the package will be updated sometime in the  

You know http://support.river-valley.com/wiki/index.php?title=Generating_PDF/A_compliant_PDFs_from_pdftex 
> ! pdfTeX error (ext5): cannot open file for embedding.
> l.137 ...eam attr{/N 4}  file{sRGBIEC1966-2.1.icm}
> !  ==> Fatal error occurred, no output PDF file produced!

it means that the package tries to find a color profile file and you  
don't provide it. For some reason, it is not delivered with the pdfx  

The website above links to a .zip file with all the necessary files,  
including a sRGBIEC1966-2.1.icm

They have it in the same folder so TeX can find it. I don't know  
whether it can/should be moved to some place in a texmf tree.

I think you can include any color Profile.

Another link that might be interesting for you:
http://pages.cs.wisc.edu/~ghost/doc/cvs/Ps2pdf.htm (Ghostscript)

ps2pdf can also use pdf as an input file ....

> What does this mean? The pdfx package is included in TeXLive 2008,  
> with all supporting files? Where is the colour profile and where  
> should it be located, if found? It cannot be found in http://www.color.org/iccprofile.xalter 
>  as suggested in  pdfx.pdf (from CTAN)

Good luck :-)


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