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Enable hidden PDF workflow menu in 10.2.4 Print dialogs
Authored by: RZambrana on Mar 20, '03 08:52:19PM
While I'm checking out Stone Studio's PStill to avoid going to Classic for PDF's, I wanted to see what I already owned that could do the job. Adobe says "Because the AdobePS printer driver doesn't offer native support for Mac OS X, you cannot use Adobe Acrobat Distiller in Mac OS X Native mode.", but if you need optimized PDF's, "Use Acrobat Distiller 5.x in Mac OS X Classic mode to create PDF 1.4 files" when Print Center can write PostScript anyway, makes NO sense.
It's not a perfect workaround, and not as many options are available as in Distiller, but it's all X Native... and I realize not everyone has Illustator...

What you'll need:
Mac OS X 10.2 Adobe Illustrator 10

1. Do the whole create a folder, "PDF Services" in /Library thing.
(I put aliases of this folder in my /users/user/library also, just to be safe...)

2. Drop an alias of Adobe Illustrator 10 into /Library/PDF Services.

3. Open the document you want an optimized PDF of, and go to your print window. Choose Illustrator 10 out of the list and Illustrator will automatically open with your document as a PDF.

4. Once open in Illustrator, you can change the document size if you didn't save to PDF with the correct page size, then "Save as...", choose PDF and you will have Optimization options, Formatting and Compression settings.

Not quite as many options as Distiller and you can't save option sets, but enough to get the job done without leaving X. I've looked all through the Illustrator Prefs and Package contents, but cant seem to find where you can add or modify Illustrator PDF Presets. When and if I do, I'll post it.

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Using illustrator to open/save PDFs not recommended even by Adobe itself
Authored by: Thomas Kaiser on Mar 21, '03 02:55:30AM
Just for the records. Illustrator is not a PDF editor. Read what Dov Isaacs
from Adobe wrote on the pdfzone.com mailing list:

    FYI, Adobe Illustrator is NOT, repeat NOT, a general-purpose
    PDF file editor. When you "edit" a page of a PDF file with
    Illustrator, Illustrator in fact converts the contents to its own
    internal format (which contrary to urban legend is NOT PDF!).
    This conversion can be very lossy. The only PDF files that
    Illustrator can fully successfully "open" are single-page PDF
    files "saved" from Illustrator itself with the retain editability
    option selected. Otherwise, Illustrator can and does lose
    certain PDF objects, convert text encodings, convert
    colorspaces, etc.
    When you save such an edited page, Illustrator effectively
    deletes the old page, and adds a new page in its place.
    This has several ramifications: (1) The space used by the
    old page may not be reclaimed and (2) the generated PDF
    does not share any objects or definitions with content from
    other pages within the same PDF file, even if it did so prior
    to the edit.

Regards,

Thomas

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