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Exporting PDF

InDesign can export Adobe Acrobat Portable Document Format files (what normal people call “PDF”), which can be used for remote printing, electronic distribution, or as a graphic you can place in InDesign or other programs. InDesign’s PDF files can even include “rich” media, such as buttons, movies, and sounds. InDesign doesn’t need to use the Acrobat Distiller (or the Distiller Assistant) to create PDF files.

Note, however, that Distiller usually makes more compact PDF files than exporting directly from InDesign, which may be important if your PDF files are destined for the Web. If you want to use Distiller to make PDF files instead of creating them directly using the Export feature, you must use the Print dialog box to write PostScript to disk first (we discuss how to do that in Chapter 11, “Printing”).


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