PDFBox Preflight 2 - Uses and Abuses

Version 5 by Peter Cliff
on Jul 17, 2013 15:47.

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PDFBox Preflight v2.0 is a tool developed under the Apache Foundation and forms part of the PDFBox PDF Toolkit. At a previous event we enhanced Preflight's output to generate XML - a code change that is now in the latest (as yet unreleased) version of the tool. During that event a couple of things became apparent:

* Preflight is thorough and unforgiving (as it should be).
* Preflight is -thorough and unforgiving (as it should be)- giving lots of errors and we're not clear what matters.
* Preflight error messages are not very user friendly (probably a reflection of the PDF spec).
* Failure to validate using Preflight does not mean a PDF is wholly useless or unworthy of preservation - in nearly all cases invalid PDFs are renderable.