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[CS5.5] Lock PDF export and print presets

Mar 7, 2013 5:42 AM



With this post I would like to ask a question regarding locking certain features in Indesign.


Does anyone know if it is possible to ...

- lock PDF export and print presets so a user is not abble to change/override any preset properties, and is forced to use a preset without the possibility to override any of the properties when using it?

- force a user to use one of the predefinied presets to print or export a document without the ability to create a new preset?

- verify PDF-files to check what Indesign print/export preset was used?


Being part of a larger prepress team, we would like to make sure that, every PDF-file created by each team member, is created with the same specs.


Does anyone know of any plugin, tool or release that enables such a functionality?


Kind regards



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    Mar 7, 2013 5:59 AM   in reply to JohnDevlon

    It's highly doubtful that there is such a plug-in or tool. I think you should focus on EDUCATING your staff instead.

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    Mar 7, 2013 6:30 AM   in reply to JohnDevlon

    You can remove unwanted presets from the system, but there's nothing in ID that will allow you to lock out the option to create new ones or make changes. As Steve said, this is a matter of training.

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    Mar 7, 2013 9:59 AM   in reply to JohnDevlon

    If the employees cannot follow company policy, they need to know that there are other people looking for work who can. Yes, mistakes happen, but that would be a case of choosing the wrong preset from a list (which, if you leave more than one installed, can't be avioded). Changing settings against policy is not a mistake.

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