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.
Both an engineer and a layout artist, Matthias bridges the gap between technology and people. Before joining Quark in 1997, Matthias pioneered print, Web, and multimedia products for multiple German publishing companies. He is an active participant in design and publishing communities and represented Quark in the Ghent PDF Workgroup.
From 1997 until 2019 Matthias played a central role in shaping Quark’s desktop, mobile and enterprise software. From February 2014 until January 2019 he headed Quark’s Desktop Publishing business unit; and was therefore responsible for QuarkXPress.
Matthias does not work for Quark anymore. If you want to connect with him, please visit his LinkedIn profile on https://www.linkedin.com/in/mguenther/