PDF/A vs PDF/E vs PDF/X

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November 27, 2010 at 18:05:35
Specs: Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate, 2.997 GHz / 4094 MB
I am using Adobe Acrobat X. I am trying to create a PDF file that absolute CANNOT be edited or tampered with. I've noticed that PDF/A restricts modifications, and I've looked into PDF/A and PDF/E, but am still a bit confused as to which the best option would be.

Which would be best to go with, or, is there another way to create a PDF that is an even better option? Thanks in advance!

Chebwa


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#1
November 27, 2010 at 20:15:15
I believe that if you use one of the free PDF converters (e.g. CutePDF) that install as a printer subsystem, the PDF created by the app can not be edited. You could create your PDF using Adobe Acrobat X and then "print" it to CutePDF prior to distribution.

CutePDF is free (as are others of like kind) so it can't hurt to try it.

That said, I don't know if there is any document that "absolutely CANNOT be edited or tampered with".

I don't have a PDF creator app on my system but I do have CutePDF. I printed this web page to CutePDF to create a PDF doc. I then inserted the PDF as an object into PowerPoint and added a text box over some of the "text" from your post - using different words, of course. I then printed it back out to CutePDF.

If I spent more than the 30 seconds I spent doing it, I bet I could create a PDF that you couldn't tell was a "tampered with" copy of the original.

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#2
November 28, 2010 at 11:37:40
I've printed with CutePDF and had no issues editing it. Do you just not have a PDF editor at all on your PC?

Chebwa


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#3
November 28, 2010 at 14:21:08
Right, I have no need for a PDF editor.

If you are able to edit documents created with the free version of CutePDF, then I learned something today. Thanks!

In any case, my process for "tampering with" a PDF via PowerPoint, still stands.

Sorry, but that's all I have to offer. Good Luck!

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#4
November 29, 2010 at 01:13:17
PDF/A and PDF/E are ISO standards which define how to create PDF files for special use cases. PDF/A is for archiving, PDF/E is for engineering. Acrobat by default disables all menu items that would allow for editing PDF/A files. The reason is that archive files should not be modified. However, in Acrobat's preferences it is easily possible to modify the settings of Acrobat in order to let PDF/A files being edited. The right way to disable editing capabilities in Acrobat would be to use the Security options that are available in the Advanced menu.
Dietrich von Seggern

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