When creating PDF often two requirements seem to clash:
- The PDF needs to be printed (so ideally PDF/X-4)
- The PDF needs to be accessible (tagged) and to be archived (so PDF/A)
Why not create two PDF files (one /A and one /X)?
Sure, you could. It’s asking for trouble though, as you archive something that you didn’t print. And you would have to always keep two files.
Why not create a single PDF that complies to both standards?
That is ideal.
And QuarkXPress 2018 is the first graphic app for creative pro’s to create a SINGLE PDF that complies to both standards, PDF/A-2u and PDF/X-4, at the same time. So you can print them and archive them and they are accessible.
QuarkXPress 2018 offers an output setting that create one PDF complying to both PDF/X-4 and PDF/A.
About the Author
Both an engineer and a layout artist, Matthias Guenther bridges the gap between technology and people. Before joining Quark, Matthias pioneered print, Web, and multimedia products for multiple German publishing companies. Since 1997 he has played a central role in shaping Quark’s desktop and enterprise software. Starting 2003 Matthias has focused on Quark’s interactive and digital publishing solutions. He is an active participant in design and publishing communities and represents Quark in the Ghent PDF Workgroup. Since February 2014 Matthias heads Quark’s Desktop Publishing business unit and is therefore responsible for QuarkXPress.