[reportlab-users] pdf/x1a with ReportLab

Andy Robinson andy at reportlab.com
Wed May 23 09:15:31 EDT 2018

There is no "software switch" to do it. These standards are usually
about what you include (or don't) in your document.  Ask for the
specific problems from them.

Wikipedia says:  "For example, in PDF/X-1a all fonts need to be
embedded and all images need to be CMYK or spot colors".

Are you using the built-in font names, Helvetica / Times Roman /
Courier?  If so, modern standards ask for the actual font files to be
embedded to guarantee portability.  So, switch to an embedded TrueType
font and it will probably make them happy right away.

If it's colours, we have examples on how to do CMYK in the manual.
"CMYK Black" is still different to RGB black.

- Andy

On 23 May 2018 at 12:32, Andrew Cawood - Techairos Consulting
<andrew at techairos.com> wrote:
> Hi,
> I'm generating pdfs of QR-code stickers for printing by a local print shop.
> They've been having hassles with the format generated by ReportLab and have
> asked if I can set the format to pdf/x1a.
> I haven't been able to find anything on this in the docs - does anyone know
> if this is possible, or what I should do to ensure compliance with pdf/x1a?
> Thanks,
> Andrew
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