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PPD: Adobe missing

Aug 9, 2012 2:58 AM

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I'm following POD printer's instructions for creating a PDF. Rather than use the Adobe PDF output option of InDesign, the printers advise that a postscript file be created first, then processed in Acrobat Distiller for the final pdf.


The first step in printing the ps file from ID requires that in the print dialog box under PPD, an Adobe PDF be selected, however, the only option in the menu box is "Device Independent". What needs to be done?


A quick forum search returned similar but somewhat more complicated scenarios. I'm using CS3 and Windows 7. Thank you in advance.

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    Aug 9, 2012 6:34 AM   in reply to luca del carlo

    Your question was answered in the InDesign forum.

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    Aug 9, 2012 9:49 AM   in reply to luca del carlo

    On behalf of Adobe ...


    If the properties of the PDF indicate Adobe PDF Library, it means that the PDF file was created directly by InDesign via the export function.


    Recommendations of some very highly uninformed print service providers notwithstanding, Adobe most strongly recommends production of PDF from InDesign via direct export as opposed to distillation of PostScript. The PostScript generated by InDesign is optimized for direct printing to Adobe PostScript devices, not for generation of PDF!!!


              - Dov

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    Aug 10, 2012 8:40 AM   in reply to luca del carlo

    Every time you see an instruction about Acrobat, it implies that you are using Acrobat, not Reader. Reader can not do a lot of the items listed. You should be able to check for font embedding and some of the other items under the document properties in Reader, but that is about it. You can not make any changes in Reader if there are issues that you find.

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