Don't go that route, use one of the InDesign presets: Export to PDF. The printer will advise you which to choose.
Thank you! I agree with this, and I've never had a printer require that I use Distiller.
This particular self-publisher has threatened to charge my client $50 (and refuse to forward it to the printer) if I don't use Distiller. If I utilize the export option in InDesign, rather than Distiller, will they be able to tell?
@Joe – You tried to distill an InDesign file to PDF.
But Adobe Distiller will work with PostScript and EPS files only.
To use Distiller you have to print to PostScript first.
And yes, you can tell, if Distiller is used creating a PDF.
Yes, you are correct that Distiller only processes PostScript. (It does not necessarily process all EPS files!)
On the other hand, printing/saving PostScript from InDesign and distilling that PostScript to create PDF is certainly not best workflow practice and strongly discouraged by Adobe.
The other question: Yes, you can see in the document properties of a PDF how the PDF was created. I get sometimes from a printer similar requirements, but when I talk to them, they are in the most cases ok with an exported PDF. This requirement is often specified to avoid PDFs created with Ghostwriter, PDF-Writer, Mac OS Quartz Technology, MS creation via saving the document, etc. But the problem is here the client between who is not aware about these details. Here in the forum and in others are a lot of threads to this topic. Might be good to educate your client (or even your printer) to show him those articles:
- This Thread
- Print To PDF
- Re: indesign to Postscript to PDF - shifting my image + cropping it?
- Many others too.