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normally pdflatex produces pdf compatible with acrobat reader 6.0 and later right? How do I make it compatible only with version 9.0 forward acrobat reader?

I use TeXLive 2011

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Why would you want that? You should add some more detail to your question. – Jake Jun 17 '12 at 12:26
@FormlessCloud: An explanation of why you want to make your documents compatible with new versions of Acrobat only. Are you trying to make use of a particular feature only available with newer versions of Acrobat? – Jake Jun 17 '12 at 12:38
@FormlessCloud: How do you activate that protection? Using Adobe Acrobat Professional (or something like that)? Can't you use the same program you use for setting the protection to also set the version compatibility? – Jake Jun 17 '12 at 12:42
@FormlessCloud: I think if you select the compatibility version in the "Password Security" options, that will also change the compatibility version of your document. – Jake Jun 17 '12 at 12:49
XY: What's the problem you want to solve? – Martin Schröder Jun 17 '12 at 15:00
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You can only set \pdfminorversion=7 to force the version to PDF 1.7 - there is no newer version of PDF yet (the current ISO norm standardized PDF 1.7; the next revision of the norm will probably be called PDF 2.0). Note that this only sets the version number of the PDF: There is no other difference in the PDF produced by pdfTeX to that with \pdfminorversion=5 or 6.

If you want to make your document claim to conform to the ExtensionLevels specified by newer version of Adobe Acrobat, you can probably do this with \pdfliteral.

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