Re: Adobe PDFWriter Option

Subject: Re: Adobe PDFWriter Option
From: quills -at- airmail -dot- net
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 1 Oct 2001 09:01:42 -0500

I have Adobe Acrobat 3.0 at work on a Pentium III running Windows 98.
In MS Word 2000, I have an option to "Create Adobe PDF..." on my File
menu. I click that (no options come up) and in 10 seconds or so I have
a PDF version that comes up in Adobe. I also had the same option in
Word 97. Last year I loaded what I thought was Adobe 5.0 at a previous
job and had the same menu selection with Word 97. I never had any
options to select from with either of these programs. Acrobat PDFWriter
3.0 is listed as an available printer in my printer options menu, and I
select that when creating my newsletter so I know how the pages will
look before I convert the Word document.

I loaded Adobe Acrobat 5.0 on my Pentium laptop at home (Windows 95b)
with Word 2000, and I have all these funky conversion options available
under a button on the toolbar. There is no simple "Create Adobe PDF..."
on my File menu. And my printer menu lists Adobe Distiller rather than
Acrobat PDFWriter (5.0). It takes 2 to 3 minutes to convert a simple
8-page newsletter to PDF and the file is larger in PDF than Word rather
than smaller as before. Is there a way to get that simple "Create Adobe
PDF..." option rather than go through the long version of where it
looks for headlines to convert to bookmarks, etc., etc.?


Even Adobe counsel not to use PDFWriter, but to use the Adobe Distiller method. Using the distiller allows you to create job options, one of which is to remove unused destinations, thereby reducing PDF "bloat". The other problem you can run into is using a non-Adobe postscript driver, which will cause lots of grief at different times. Windows 95 is particularly problematic in this area.

If you open Adobe Distiller, you will find the job options and all the stuff you can tailor. I recommend that go into the compression tab of job options, and set your compression for everything to Zip, and use the down-sampling with caution, it will save some file space, but will make on-screen viewing somewhat fuzzy at different screen resolutions.



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