[pdftex] Producing PDF/X-1a:2001
john at wexfordpress.com
Fri Jun 5 15:58:20 CEST 2009
The largest digital printer around, LSI, requires that pdf files be
converted to the old PDF/X-1a:2001 standard. This is silly, but they
are the 800 pound gorilla in digital (POD) printing. As a result,
lots of copies of Acrobat Distiller are sold solely to make this
conversion. If the file doesn't say PDF/X-1a:2001 then they will
rasterize it as they convert it which plays merry hell with barcodes.
Is there a way in the TeX/Ghostscript world to convert to this
standard without resorting to Distiller? If not, could it be added to
pdftex output without much trauma? It is effectively a subset of
PDF 1.3 or so I am told.
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