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PDF/A-1 Validation and Conversion with Solid PDF Tools  » read source
A leading provider of document utility products, Solid Documents, offers one of the best PDF/A-1 validation software products on the market.

Solid Documents is a member of a cooperation between numerous world-leading companies and experts in PDF technology called the PDF/A Competence Center. PDF/A-1b is an ISO Standard (19005-1) for using the PDF format for the long-term archiving of electronic documents.

In order to validate the validators, the PDF/A Competence Center released a suite of tests called "Isartor". In order to check whether PDF/A-1 validation software actually finds the violations, PDF/A Competence Center states that the test suite deliberately violates the requirements of PDF/A-1 in a systematic way. The Isartor test suite consists of files that represent the PDF features that are not allowed in PDF/A-1b in addition to the basic PDF document structure that must be present for a file to conform to the standard and be validated as PDF/A-1b compliant.

Solid Documents did a competitive review using the Isartor test suite on Solid PDF Tools, Adobe® Acrobat® 9 and 2 other major PDF validation tools. Passing all the required checks while Acrobat 9 did not, Solid PDF Tools performed better than its competitors.

Solid Documents also used the Isartor test suite files to see which products could correct the PDF/A errors and convert into complaint PDF/A files. While Acrobat 9 only converted 46% of the test files correctly, Solid PDF Tools was able to correctly fix the non-compliant issues in 90% of the test files. ...
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