PDF/A Compliance

The PDF/A standard defines specific requirements and constraints on the PDF file format to ensure that PDF/A-compliant documents are self-contained, device-independent and suitable for long-term archiving. These requirements include guidelines for fonts, color, metadata, transparency and other aspects of PDF document creation and storage. For example, font linking (as opposed to font embedding) and encryption are not allowed.

Learn more about PDF/A Standard Versions and Conformance Levels >>

What is supported by Docentric

    • Generating PDF documents which are PDF/A-compliant by both Docentric Generator and SSRS Reporting Services (when printed using Docentric print destinations), starting from version 3.4.6.
    • PDF/A standard versions: PDF/A-1, PDF/A-2 and PDF/A-3.
    • PDF/A conformance levels: a, b and u.
      Specifically: PDF/A-1a, PDF/A-1b, PDF/A-2a, PDF/A-2b, PDF/A-2u, PDF/A-3a, PDF/A-3b, PDF/A-3u.
    • The use of custom fonts.
    • Configuration of PDF/A conformance level on the Print destination settings form, i.e. per report execution.


    • PDF/A conformance level is applicable to all Docentric print destinations supporting PDF output format, which are:
      • File,
      • Email,
      • Print archive,
      • Screen,
      • Printer > Save as PDF.
    PDF/A conformity, as well as PDF encryption and signing, is not only applicable to PDF reports created by Docentric Generator, but it also extends to PDF reports produced by SSRS Reporting Services when they are printed via Docentric print destinations.
    PDF/A Compliance, PDF Signing and PDF Encryption are Full Edition features.

    See also

    PDF Security: PDF Signing and Encryption >>
    Supported Output File Formats >>