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Will the option for PDF/X-1a:2001 (PDF 1.3) be available in the final release of Publisher? In the UK most national and regional newspapers and magazines require PDFs saved to that format.

Currently, I'm exporting PDF/X-1a:2003 then using Acrobat to resave to PDF/X-1a:2001.

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There has already been much discussion about this on the forum.  Currently, the Affinity programs are using a third-party library for PDF export, and that library does not support PDF 1.3, making it impossible for Serif to implement support for that version of the PDF format using that library.

Whether or not Serif might consider using a second library to support the ancient format that the rest of the world really needs to move on from, I have not seen a clear answer to, but I suspect they have bigger fish to fry for this first version in any case.

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15 minutes ago, fde101 said:

...that library does not support PDF 1.3...

Depends on which one is used and licensed here, see PDFlib 9.

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PDFlib supports PDF/X-1a, PDF/X-3 and PDF/X-4/4p as well as PDF/X-5n for exchange of n-colorant production files, e.g. in the packaging industry.

 


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8 hours ago, v_kyr said:

Depends on which one is used

PDF/X-1a in and of itself is not the same thing as PDF 1.3 - PDF/X-1a:2003 for example is PDF 1.4...

Also, I have no idea what PDF library Serif is actually using for the Affinity products, but they have reiterated multiple times on the forums that the library they are using does not support PDF 1.3.

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Not sure either, but thought that one might be in use. - Related to PDF/X1a:2001 vs PDF/X1a:2003, as far as I've read the later must be enhanced in some aspects and thus probably be more up to date then.

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PDF / X-1a only supports CMYK and spot colors, but no colors based on ICC profiles. Transparencies are not possible, as well as levels. While PDF / X1a: 2001 is based on PDF version 1.3, PDF / X1a: 2003 has been extended to 1.4.

 


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2 hours ago, fde101 said:

PDF/X-1a in and of itself is not the same thing as PDF 1.3 - PDF/X-1a:2003 for example is PDF 1.4...

Also, I have no idea what PDF library Serif is actually using for the Affinity products, but they have reiterated multiple times on the forums that the library they are using does not support PDF 1.3.

Serif has long used PDFLib and is still using it.

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2 hours ago, v_kyr said:

Not sure either, but thought that one might be in use. - Related to PDF/X1a:2001 vs PDF/X1a:2003, as far as I've read the later must be enhanced in some aspects and thus probably be more up to date then.

 

Yes, 2003 is the updated version, however, UK publishers will reject 2003 version as their systems only allow 2001 - (Yes I know what you're thinking, but that's how it is).

 

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We have the same problem with printing companies in Germany. PDF/X1a:2003 is rejected, they want PDF/X1a:2001. It looks like I have to knock on the door of Adobe again. 

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I use a print delivery solution application, QuickPrint, which does the required conversion and validation based on the publications requirements, so I have a workaround. 

However, QuickPrint is a 'pay for solution', as it does validation, optimisation and delivery . One which I use for all my ad delivery globally. 

You could simply (only if you're good with applescripting) create a workflow which uses Acrobat to do the conversion.

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