How are you exporting a PDF from InDesign with an Art Box? If I choose File > Export > Adobe PDF (Print), there is no option in the PDF Export dialog to set the Art Box size. If I open up the PDF file in Acrobat Pro and view the document, then open Print Production > Set Page Boxes, the Crop Box, Art Box, Trim Box and Bleed Box are by default the size of the original InDesign document.
We are exporting PDF's as you indicate. I see the same thing. The boxes are all the size of the original InDesign document. The PDF art box should be predicated by the margins in InDesign. When we had CS3, this worked great. Now, it seems that there is a disconnect between the two Adobe products honoring the page box size. I have contacted the Adobe techs via chat, and they had no clue what I was referring to. I find it mystifying that Acrobat can not interpret the art box set in InDesign as margins.
I have no way of knowing. And I haven't used CS3 for a very long time. I'm just telling you that that is the way it exports it in recent versions of InDesign. I don't think InDesign exports an Art Box. I'm not an engineer, and the InDesign engineers don't usually hang out here.
If you're lucky, Dov Isaacs, an Adobe Principal Scientist and probably the most knowledgeable person in this area, might stop by to share his wisdom.
Many thanks Steve,
I appreciate your candor. I am engaging Agfa as well regarding their Apogee Prepress Client version 8. So far, no one has been able to delineate why the art box is not represented by Acrobat Pro.
Prepress Systems Administrator
Tribune Publishing Company/Columbia Daily Tribune
I just exported an letter sized page as PDF/X-4 out of IDCS3 with a rectangle set to the page margins and both AcrobatXI and Acrobat 8 tell me the trim box and the art box are the same—8.5"x11". So, I don't think anything has changed with CS6 and later.
Those are the same results I keep getting. It had been a while since I used CS3 as well, so I am not surprised if I remember it working on that version.
Thanks for you time and testing.
I don't ever remember ID defining the artbox as different than the trimbox. Illustrator does though.
I respectfully rely on your memory over mine. I guess I am one of the few people with a high level of "give a hoot" regarding this subject matter.
Thanks for you input. Much appreciated.