PDF to PDF/A using Ghostscript

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[edit] File 1 (primarily text)

  • File used was A checklist for documenting PREMIS-METS decisions in a PREMIS profile, May 2010, Sally Vermaaten, OCLC, http://www.loc.gov/standards/premis/premis_mets_checklist.pdf.
  • Used Ghostscript 8.71 using the following command: gs -dPDFA -dBATCH -dNOPAUSE -sDEVICE=pdfwrite -sOutputFile=premis_mets_checklist_PDFA.pdf premis_mets_checklist.pdf


Property Original Normalized
PDF version PDF 1.5 PDF/A-1b
File size 318,500 bytes 974,071 bytes
PageCount 14 14
Fonts
  • 10 embedded subsets
  • 2 non-embedded subsets: Arial and Arial Italic
  • 10 embedded subsets
  • Substituted Helvetica for Arial
  • Substituted Helvetica Oblique for Arial Italic
Features
  • Annotations: yes
  • Forms: no
  • Outline: no
  • Annotations: yes
  • Forms: no
  • Outline: no

[edit] File 2 (text, graphics, colours, images)


Property Original Normalized
PDF version PDF 1.4 PDF/A-1b
File size 1,713,072 bytes 5,337,321 bytes
PageCount 32 32
Fonts 7 embedded subsets 7 embedded subsets
Features
  • Annotations: no
  • Forms: yes
  • Outline: no
  • Annotations: no
  • Forms: no
  • Outline: no

[edit] File 3 (fillable form)

  • File used was Understanding Canada: Canadian Studies Application, Faculty Research Program, http://www.iccs-ciec.ca/pages/z_pdfs/FEP_FRP/FRPEnForm.pdf
  • Used Ghostscript 8.71 using the following command: gs -dPDFA -dBATCH -dNOPAUSE -sDEVICE=pdfwrite -sOutputFile=FRPEnForm_PDFA.pdf FRPEnForm.pdf
  • Note that the version normalized to PDF/A is no longer usable as a fillable form


Property Original Normalized
PDF version PDF 1.6 PDF/A-1b
File size 153,196 bytes 61,175 bytes
PageCount 5 5
Fonts 5 non-embedded fonts
  • 5 embedded subsets
  • Substituted font Helvetica-Bold for Arial, Bold
  • Substituted font Helvetica for Arial
  • Substituted font Helvetica-Oblique for Arial, Italic
Features
  • Annotations: yes
  • Forms: yes
  • Outline: yes
  • Annotations: no
  • Forms: no
  • Outline: yes

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