In the latest release of Adlib Express, we enhanced support for PDF/A with the ability to convert PDF files to PDF/A for long-term archiving.  As part of the development and QA (Quality Assurance) process, we tested the quality of our PDF/A capabilities using files from the Isartor Test Suite, which was developed by the PDF/A Competence Center.

The Isartor test suite includes 204 PDF/A files that do not conform to the PDF/A standard.

Adlib Express successfully converted 186 out of 204 (91%) to valid PDF/A-1b format.  A score of 91% sounds pretty good, but how does it compare to other products?

Earlier this year, Solid Documents announced the results of their PDF/A conversion testing. According to the press release, their product fixed 90% of cases in the Isartor Test Suite.

They also tested Adobe® Acrobat® 9, which only converted 46% of the test files correctly.

As humble Canadians, we generally do not like to brag about these things so we’ll let the numbers speak for themselves.

If you are using SharePoint to manage documents, automated PDF to PDF/A conversion is also available within our PDF for SharePoint product.