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Adobe ® Acrobat ® Distiller

Online Guide

• New features • Commands • Using Acrobat Distiller • Creating PostScript files • Converting PostScript files to PDF • Choosing Distiller job options • Using Distiller on a network • Troubleshooting

New features
This section describes the new features available in Acrobat Distiller 3.0, which make it easier for you to create smaller, more efficient PDF documents.

Automatic orientation. •Most landscape pages are
oriented to a landscape position in Distiller for correct display in Acrobat Exchange or Reader.

Automating Document Info field entry.
Distiller 3.0 will automatically include certain Document Structuring Comments (DSC) information found in a PostScript file as Document Info field data. The DSC comments For, Title, and Creator are converted to Author, Title, and Creator Document Info fields, respectively.

Distiller Assistant. Distiller Assistant, the
utility that makes it easy to create a PDF file with Distiller in one step, is now available on the Macintosh.

Font subsetting. Distiller 3.0 allows you to set
the character threshold that determines when to subset a font to reduce file size.

Compressing fonts. Distiller uses the new compressed Type 1C font format to reduce file size when 3.0 compatibility is chosen. Type 1C fonts reduce file size by compressing the fonts. A font that is 30K can be compressed to as little as 7K with the new font format. Image Resampling. Distiller 3.0 offers two methods of resampling; downsampling and subsampling. Subsampling is faster than downsampling but may result in a color shift. See Using downsampling and subsampling to reduce file size for more information.

Advanced Options. Distiller 3.0 provides the
ability to control the printing-specific information maintained in a PDF file for use in outputting to high-end printing systems. See Choosing Advanced Options settings for information.

Commands
File Edit Undo Cut Copy Paste Clear

Using the Open command Open…
Quit

Distiller

Setting preferences Preferences... Job Options... Choosing Distiller job Choosing font locations, Font Locations... Distilling Folders... Watched with watched

Using Acrobat Distiller
Acrobat Distiller creates PDF documents from PostScript information. The PDF documents it creates can be viewed and printed by anyone with the Acrobat Exchange or Reader program. PDF documents created by Acrobat Distiller maintain all the formatting, graphics, and photographic images in the original documents. Creating a PDF file with Distiller is a two-step process that can be streamlined to one step if you have approximately 20MB of application RAM available above the amount of RAM needed to run the program used to create the document. The two-step process: 1 Create a PostScript file and save it to your hard drive or a watched folder. 2 Convert the PostScript file to PDF with Distiller.

The one step process: From the application in which you would otherwise create a PostScript file, send the PostScript information that describes the original document directly to Distiller and let Distiller convert it to PDF automatically. This automatic process is managed by Distiller Assistant, a utility installed with Distiller. See Using Distiller Assistant for more information. Distiller’s default compression and font settings will usually create an acceptably small and efficient PDF file. If you need more control over file size or image quality, you can easily change the default options. See Choosing Distiller job options for more information.

Creating PostScript files
A PostScript file contains a page description of the original electronic document that Distiller interprets to create a PDF document.

Creating PostScript files in Windows Creating PostScript on the Macintosh Creating PostScript files in UNIX Naming PostScript files Tips for creating PostScript files

Creating PostScript files in Windows
Use the Adobe PostScript Printer Driver to create...
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