My ad department currently uses CS4 along with QuarkXpress. I create pdfs in Quark by using Distiller, converting postscript files to pdfs. However in CS4, If you upgrade Acrobat 9 you will lose the Distiller function. Does CS5 Acrobat X Pro for mac have Distiller? I've searched around this website and it looks like it's provided for PC. Will I be able to use it for a mac? If not how do I create a pdf in CS5? Will there be an Acrobat printer driver? I liked how in Distiller you can set up different printer settings such as how good the resolution would be for a pdf. I'd like to get an answer before purchasing this product and installing it.
There are beoming more and more reasons to stop using a distilled postscript workflow and Apple inadvertantly negated the abilty with Snow Leopard. (You know that the print industry is evolving. Your clients are going to expect pdf files with live links, bookmarks, interactive elements; all features lost in distilling.) The "we've done it this way for years" attitude needs to be rethought. If you're print vendor dictates distilling postscript files, they haven't updated either their equipment or their webpage for a decade or both!
On a PC, you will not lose the ability to create and distill postscript files with any update, and to my knowledge, AA 9 (no longer available) does not hinder the ability on Mac, but rather an update to OSX 10.6 does.
Your mention of CS4; is that in reference to the Adobe Creative Suite, or a stand alone product - Acrobat, InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop. All Adobe products create pdf native from the application. If your daily version of Quark does not offer the same ability, you need to keep current and update or stray in the past.
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We have Creative Suite 4 Standard (Acrobat, InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop). I currently use OS 10.6.7 and use Distiller v9 and Acrobat 9 Pro. If I update my Acrobat Pro to any higher version, I will lose the function of Distiller and the Adobe printer will disappear from my print menu. I work for a retail company, designing weekly print inserts. With Distiller I am able to make sure the pdfs are at least 300dpi along with other settings required by the printers who do our jobs. I'm pretty sure the vendors we work with are pretty updated with their equipment since they print millions of copies to national newspapers. I can print to pdf from Quark 8 but the quality is so much lesser compared to a pdf created from a postscript file. You can really see the difference.
I've attached a link from Adobe.com on how to create pdfs using Acrobat X Pro. In step 3, there are different pdf settings to choose from along with a DistillerPrinter. How do you set/create the settings in step 3?
Print To always invokes distiller to launch in the background, perform the task, and quit without user intervention which is fine for print ads.
Step 3 shows the pdf options; they are stored on the computer as .joboptions files, in one or more directories/folders and are the default set which ship and install with any Acrobat installation. I expect they would be selected in the Presets shown in Step 2. I do not run OSX 10.6 so I am not 100% on this;
.joboption files can also be created locally or imported from a vendor. (Incidentally, I once shared the default options files with a user in this forum via Acrobat.com and was informed by an Adobe employee that they are proprietary works; I would have to remove them, and not share them. The default options set.....ships with every install...go figure...)
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