Yes, Preflight was looking for letter size and created a conflict with my page size/orientation selections in the document setup and print setup.
No, this didn't resolve the problem keeping Distiller from making my PDF.
Here is the message Distiller gave when it rejected the file:
Start Time: Saturday, November 13, 2010 at 6:36 PM
Source: /Users/bethshaw/Desktop/DOEBRICH NEWSLETTER/12_DESIGN/12_REVISTA_INFORMATIVA_07.indd
Destination: /Users/bethshaw/Desktop/DOEBRICH NEWSLETTER/12_DESIGN/12_REVISTA_INFORMATIVA_07.pdf
Adobe PDF Settings: /Library/Application Support/Adobe/Adobe PDF/Settings/Standard.joboptions
%%[ Error: undefined; OffendingCommand: Ìıÿ FÂΩ1ÔÁ˛t∑ DOCUMENT p ]%%
%%[ Flushing: rest of job (to end-of-file) will be ignored ]%%
%%[ Warning: PostScript error. No PDF file produced. ] %%
Distill Time: 7 seconds (00:00:07)
**** End of Job ****Does every criterion set in Preflight have to be fulfilled for Distiller to work? How do I isolate the problem keeping the PDF from being created?
...??? That Distiller message indicates you are throwing your InDesign file onto it. Distiller can only distill PS files.
Why not use Export to PDF?
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Preflight has no bearing whatever on wheter a file will print or export. It's just a tool to check for possible problems so you can fix them if you choose to do so.
SOme problems are fatal, some inconsequential, and if your files fails ift's because of the problem that preflight may or may not have reported, not the from the process of finding and reporting it. The file will behave exactly the same if Preflight is turned off.
I am "rusty" at this; the last time I sent a book cover to a printer was two years ago and I forgot that this file was created in Adobe Illustrator, not InDesign. Does InDesign contain all the capabilities to make-ready files for the printer and you make the PDF directly?
I did, eventually, make the PDF directly from InDesign, but was under the misconception that it should have been generated from Distiller. Do I understand correctly that Distiller is only used for Photoshop files?
Now that the job has successfully gone to the printer, it's time for a "post-mortem" so that I learn everything I should have already known! Is there a tutorial on Prepress I could take?
Thanks for the clarification, Peter. The printer asked that I NOT convert the RGB files to CMYK because he preferred to do it. I wasn't clear whether Preflight flagged these color space errors and prevented the PDF from executing. Good to know it's just a pre-screening tool.
Your comments have been very helpful.