My Master's Thesis is going to be printed at a printing office, and they have requested the compatibility of the PDF to be "Acrobat 5 (PDF 1.4)". How can this be defined?

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    Put \pdfminorversion=4 in your preamble. This will set the version to 1.4. But the output will be the very same as always. The default for LaTeX is 1.5 and therefore you will get an 1.5 PDF which prints 1.4 as version. If you know any concrete constraints which make 1.5 PDFs incompatible here, please let us know about that cases.
    – LaRiFaRi
    Commented Jun 5, 2015 at 9:55
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    Btw. this constraint is a bit strange for a printing office. PDF 1.4 has been the standard from 2001 to 2003 (acc. to Wikipedia). Maybe you should tell them, that you will deliver a 1.5 (2003-2004) and expect them to handle this. If they stick to this constraint, I would look for another office. If their software is that old, they might destroy your nice figures or alike. Just an advice.
    – LaRiFaRi
    Commented Jun 5, 2015 at 10:04
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    @LaRiFaRi This qualifies as an answer in my opinion, not as a comment.
    – phx
    Commented Jun 5, 2015 at 10:08
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    What, you can't include pdf in your pdf? That is ridiculous. Also it should make no difference to include a pdf figure and produce it directly in LaTeX, I think? No transparent stuff I can at least understand somewhat, as that is sometimes a problem for the pdf viewer (which is quite sad).
    – Juri Robl
    Commented Jun 5, 2015 at 10:34
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    @ROLF Just include your images as .pdf or .png and do not use fancy stuff as described above. Then you should be safe with my method. Please let me know, if this is fine for you and I make it an answer.
    – LaRiFaRi
    Commented Jun 5, 2015 at 11:43


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