RE: Fuzzy images - Vent

Subject: RE: Fuzzy images - Vent
From: John Posada <jposada01 -at- yahoo -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 2 Oct 2001 09:29:50 -0700 (PDT)

> unfortunately it can require a lot of knowledge and research to get
> what you're looking for.

Actually, no it doesn't.

- Take default Word.
- Paste in an Alt-PntScrn image.
- Print to file using a good-quality, up-to-date PS driver. (If you
don't know what one is, ask Adobe...they make the stuff.)
- Use the default Distiller setting to convert the PS to PDF.

The PDF looks good enough for 99% of the needed of the average writer
and average user. Shoot...for average documentation and help files,
I've never made a bad PDF. Most printers don't create PDFs for 2,000+
dpi typesetter...they ask for PS, they ask for separations and crop
marks, and they specify the driver.

Then what happens? Well-meaning but clueless writers think that if
default settings gave acceptable settings, "tweaking" the settings
will give something better, even though they wouldn't know what
better if it smacked them between the eyes.

Optimization, sampling, dpi, etc. Based on the average post here, the
average writer doesn't know how to format a decent one-page ASCII
email letter. They're gonna know how to set multiples of dpi and
downsampling to get 1% better results?

What's the trick to producing decent PDFs? Keep your software
current, read the instructions and the help, don't take shortcuts,
and remember that PDFs are simply one of many tools we have at our
disposal. No tool is the best for everything.

John Posada, Senior Technical Writer
mailto:john -at- tdandw -dot- com, 732-259-2874

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