PDF/A is the ISO standard for the long-term archiving of PDF documents. It ensures that documents in this format are visually consistent with the originals, while being independent of the tools used to create them.
It is a lighter version of the PDF format that ensures that documents will remain readable and will display in the future in the same way as they do today, regardless of the software used, as long as the software complies with the standard.
Although ConsignO offers the option of converting your documents to PDF/A format before they are signed, this option is not mandatory and remains optional, depending on each user’s requirements.
Failure to convert your document to PDF/A format does not affects its legal value and/or integrity once it has been signed.
Due to the inner nature of digital signatures, and more specifically to prevent alterations that could jeopardize the integrity of your PDF documents, it is difficult to convert a signed document to PDF/A format.
If you happen to be in this situation, you can attempt a conversion of your document with ConsignO Desktop 3.9 and later by following the basic conversion steps: Click here
ConsignO Desktop allows you to convert a PDF document to PDF/A format. Three versions are supported: PDF/A-1b, PDF/A-2b and PDF/A-3b.
Summary of the tasks allowed by the different PDF/A formats
This loss of quality may be due to the choice of the PDF/A format used during your conversion :
If the PDF/A-1b format is required for your processes, it is important to note that ConsignO Desktop forces the conversion of certain elements : i.e. that instead of blocking the conversion of a file containing unallowed elements to PDF/A-1b format, some elements could be converted (e.g. into an image) and thus be compliant.
However, some elements could have their visual quality altered and the size of the resulting file could be increased.
Solution: If the PDF/A-1b format is not required for your processes, The PDF/A-3b format could help you avoid this situation and thus bypass a potential alteration in the quality of your converted PDF documents.
Learn how to work in PDF/A format with ConsignO: Click here.