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How to create PDF/A form


Former Community Member

does anybody know how to create static PDF form, that conforms to PDF/A-1b?

I didn't find any such 'save as' option in LiveCycle Designer 8.2.

When I try convert the form with Acrobat Professional 9, I get following error:

"Preflight is unable to perform any fixups on this document as its author did not grant necessary permissions. Permissions can be restricted by using encryption or digital signatures."

The PDF form does not contain any encryption or digital signatures (it contains only 1 text field).

Thanks for help.
4 Replies


Level 3
The error message is correct. Adobe Acrobat can't change Designer-created documents.


Former Community Member
ok, and is there any way, how to create PDF/A form?


Level 7
Yes, you need to create the form with Acrobat using Acrobat's Form Tool. Look under the menu option "Tools =>Forms" and select "Show Forms Toolbar" or the form field type you want to create. Acrobat is not really designed for creating forms but adding form fields and form interactivity, but you might not be able to use this feature with the PDF/A-1b standard. You should create the base form in another application that is designed for authoring documents and then add the form fields. You will need to make sure your PDF confirms to the PDF 1.4, version 5, standards.

Since PDF signatures require an external resource they might not be covered, you should check the ISO standard.


Former Community Member
Thank you for answer. I have tried to create form containing one TextBox in Acrobat Prof 9, but when I try to save as PDF/A-1b, I get error "XMP property neither predefinden nor defined in extension schema".

And yes, Acrobat is realy very weak form-designer.

Do you know any application, that can produce PDF/A-1b forms?