7 Replies Latest reply: Jan 18, 2011 10:56 AM by Luke Jennings RSS

    PDF Art box settings in InDesign

    S. Sankar Community Member

      Hi Experts,

       

      Is there any option available in InDesign to set PDF art box option in InDesign?

       

      We are using InDesign CS4 (Windows)

        • 1. Re: PDF Art box settings in InDesign
          BobLevine CommunityMVP

          Not sure what you mean here, but exported PDFs automatically carry crop and trim data.

           

          Bob

          • 2. Re: PDF Art box settings in InDesign
            P Spier CommunityMVP

            Are you talking about setting the default crop options for import? In CS4 showing the import options, then choosing a crop option should be sticky.

            • 3. Re: PDF Art box settings in InDesign
              S. Sankar Community Member

              Thanks for your response.

               

              However the question is not related to Trim or Crop marks. When you check the PITSTOP log report for the selected PDF file, the details are listed in the "Page Boxes" menu as mentioned below:-

               

              Page box Defined size Effective size
              Media box (M) 241.30 x 301.62 mm 241.30 x 301.62 mm
              Crop box (C) 241.30 x 301.62 mm 241.30 x 301.62 mm
              Trim box (T) 215.90 x 276.22 mm 215.90 x 276.22 mm
              Bleed box (B) 218.90 x 301.62 mm 218.90 x 301.62 mm
              Art box (A) not defined 241.30 x 301.62 mm

               

              As mentioned above the Art box was not defined in the InDesign PDF file.

              • 4. Re: PDF Art box settings in InDesign
                Stix Hart Community Member

                Sure, Indesign didn't define an Art Box but it still had one....  Art boxes seem to come from Illustrator which is very flaky in it's handling of trim/crop boxes in general IMO.

                 

                More to the point, why do you need one, and what problem is it creating for you not having a defined one?

                • 5. Re: PDF Art box settings in InDesign
                  S. Sankar Community Member

                  One of our printer requires this info in PDF file. Here are the printer feedback for your reference:

                   

                  To meet our manufacturing requirements for this  specific documents trim size all files should have the media, art, bleed and crop  boxes set as 8.375 x 11.125, with a -0.125” offset from the Trim box position on all  sides.

                  • 6. Re: PDF Art box settings in InDesign
                    Stix Hart Community Member

                    Hmmm, a bit weird insisting on all to be defined, usually trim and crop are enough.  You'll have to use Acrobat or Pitstop to define it.

                    • 7. Re: PDF Art box settings in InDesign
                      Luke Jennings Community Member

                      This is a bit off-topic, and If I recall correctly, early versions of Quark 7 had an issue where exported PDFs had a bug where the trim box was oddly smaller than the page size. This would go unnoticed until the PDF was added to an imposition program, where the incorrect trim box would prevent complete trapping.

                      Hence the printer requirement. It was fixed by an update at some point.