Hi. I need help understanding how to convert PageMaker 7.0 files into PDFs. I've got SOME technical proficiency in the area, but not much.
Note that I am using a trial version of PM7 (perhaps the problem), running in Classic Mode (System 9.2), on a Powerbook G4 which otherwise runs on 10.4.11. Acrobat reader 5.0 and Distiller 5.05 are also present I believe, but Reader and Distiller confuse me a bit as it seems I'm constantly having at least Reader pushed to my system from the net when I try and access content, and I'm not completely clear on how they relate to each other and when to use what. I may have installed Distiller a long time ago when using FrameMaker for some work I was doing at the time.
I should ask by the way whether or not PM7 files are supposed to have an extension. I think not because if I remember correctly that wasn't required until OSX, but please correct if I'm wrong. For what it's worth, none of my files are showing them.
1) To help troubleshoot, I've created a very simple test page with no complex elements––just the single word "test" in a common type face.
2) I've selected File > Export > Adobe PDF
3) This opens the PDF options pane. Though I'm not entirely sure what I SHOULD be doing here, I've set the PDF style to [Print], rather then [On Screen] as I want an actual file, and the Job Name for Distiller to "Print". Under "Edit Job Options", on the "General" tab, "Compatibility" is set to "Acrobat 4.0 (PDF 1.3)". On the "Fonts" tab, I've selected "Embed all fonts", as I want the document to show properly regardless of where it is viewed, and "Warn and Continue" when embedding fails. Obviously there are a number of other settings which I assume are secondary given the simple test I'm trying to carry out, but again please feel free to correct me if I'm wrong.
From here, I've tried selecting the "Export" button. This calls up a destination and naming pane which is set to save the document to my desktop, append a ".pdf" extension to the file name, and view using Acrobat Reader 5.0.
When I hit "Save", a few dialog boxes flash so quickly that I'm unable to read them, then I get a greyed out message that reads:
"The PDF file was not created. This may be due to a user cancellation or an error in the PostScript file. Please check the log information located in: Macintosh HD:Users:(home folder name):Desktop:(filename).log. The viewer will not be loaded"
There is an "OK" button which, when pressed, returns me to the document.
With this in mind, I have tried a second approach with some success. Specifically, I have tried:
1) File > Print > Options and select "Write PostScript to file:", the program auto populates my filename with a ".ps" extension appended. Checking this changes the "Print" button to a "Save" button.
2) A "Save As" option also allows me to pick a destination.
Upon selecting the "Save" button, it creates a (filename).ps file on my desktop. When I open this, a progress bar opens that says "Converting PostScript File to PDF". A PDF file of the document then opens in Preview, which allows me to save it as a PDF. This generates a (filename).pdf file with an Adobe Reader icon, I think because I've made that my default PDF reader as opposed to Preview.
Unfortunately, some of the more specialized type faces in this PDF are not displaying. Does this relate to the issue of embedding? I always thought PDFs were totally "flat," much like a screen capture, but do you have to essentially tell it to be flat by embedding the type? Will the docs otherwise display differently on different machines depending upon what fonts are available?
That's about as far as I've gotten. Obviously, any help you could give would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance for everyone's time.