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Free PDF/A validator from Solid PDF Tools

3 Dec 2008 | | One Comment

If you’re concerned whether your documents meet the requirements set by the PDF/A standard, then you should try the new free online validation service from Solid Documents.

PDF/A is a subset of PDF which caters for the long-term archival of documents, disallowing features such as multimedia, JavaScript and encyption.

The process is fairly straightforward — you set some simple parameters to allow password protected PDF files to be opened, and whether you wish you compress the results file. You’re then run through the process of sending the files you wish to validate to their server — and a few minutes later, the results are sent back to you via email.

They describe the process as follows:

Validating PDF/A is as easy as sending an e-mail.
This simple-to-use free online service is a quick solution for validating PDF files for PDF/A-1b (ISO 19005-1) compliance.

I completed the process myself with a test PDF file — and it produced fairly detail results. My only complaint was that the process fired up my default client-based email program to send my PDF to their server. Since I use a corporate version of Gmail, this meant that Microsoft Outlook was opened in error. I had to close down Outlook, and cut and paste the email body across to Corporate Gmail. Of course, one always has to be greatful for a free service,  however, I found the conversion process included just a little too much advertising.

Definitely worth taking a look though…

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  • Sam Levine said:

    Setting Gmail as your default e-mail client in Firefox 3 is fairly easy. Lifehacker has a pretty good rundown of how to do it.

    The steps I took to accomplish this were:

    1. Browse to “about:config” and search for “network.protocol-handler.external.mailto”. Set this to “true”.
    2. Open Gmail in your current tab in Firefox. If you’re running the free version of Gmail (like I am) copy the command below into the address bar and press enter:


    If you’re using Google Apps (i.e. the corporate version of Gmail) run the command below instead, changing “example.com” to your domain:


    3. Firefox 3 will ask permission to add Gmail as default mailto handler. Click the Add Application button that appears.

    This worked for me on Windows Vista and Ubuntu 8.10. It should also work on OS X, but I haven’t personally tested it on this platform.

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