OpenOffice.org 2.4 supports PDF/A-1

OpenOffice.org 2.4 has been released on March 27, so let's have a quick look at what it offers to JODConverter users.

To start with, the 2.4 release notes document is not just an ugly issue list taken directly from the tracker as with previous releases, but it is actually quite readable!

But the big new feature for automated conversions is that PDF export now supports PDF/A-1! PDF/A-1 is the ISO standard (19005-1:2005) Document Management - Electronic document file format for long term preservation.

From a technical point of view, a PDF/A-1 file is just a regular PDF but with a few restrictions, such as having all fonts embedded in the document, to ensure that the document can be rendered with fidelity on different systems.

This makes it the perfect format for archiving documents and making sure they can be read correctly in many years to come.

It is also a good option for avoiding system-specific quirks when creating PDFs on a given platform (e.g. Linux) and displaying them on different platforms (e.g. Windows and Mac), even when no long term preservation is needed.

If you are interested in an overview of the other 2.4 features as well, OOo Ninja has a good review with plenty of screenshots.