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Restore lost Adobe PDF printer after Archive and Install
Authored by: Lou Kash on Sep 15, '05 10:53:21AM

Distiller 6 prints to PDF v1.3 (Acrobat 4), which flattens all transparencies to bitmaps. Many "low-end" or "mid-end" print bureaus here in Europe still deliver the best results with this PDF format only.

Distiller can also selectively compress embedded images, that's quite an important factor if you post your PDFs on the web. The OS X PDF doesn't compress very well, in Panther you can set up some ColorSync filters for compression, but it's not obvious and you need *know* what you are doing to get useful results...

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Restore lost Adobe PDF printer after Archive and Install
Authored by: aegisdesign on Sep 15, '05 12:21:02PM

You can do that in OSX 10.4 without Distiller.

in 10.4 they added PDF-X support which uses a subset of features, including flattening transparencies and drop shadows. When you go to print a file in any app, the 'Save as PDF' button from 10.3 now is a dropdown. These PDF Workflows are created using Automator so you can even create your own. I've got a number of different ones including one that compresses down to decent sizes for the web.

The Workflows are stored in /Library/PDF Services

Create your own by loading Automator, dropping a 'Apply Quartz filter' action from the PDF library and then editing the advanced settings to your requirements.

I had to use PDF-X for converting PDFs in Pages/Keynote for use in older Adobe applications which don't support the latest PDF specs.

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