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Chapter 41. Understanding the Acrobat Wo... > Best Practices (When to Use and Not ...

Best Practices (When to Use and Not Use Acrobat)

How do you know whether you need Acrobat, and when? Perhaps the question should be when to use which part of Acrobat. It all depends on what line of business you are in and your needs. PDF is so versatile that it would be impossible to list all its uses, and if such a list existed there would be new items continuously getting added to it.

Adobe PDF Printer Driver

For most small tasks, The Adobe PDF driver (formerly known as PDF Writer) is enough. This is what we could call a “light” version of Acrobat, although there's a lot of power packed into it. If you are creating newsletters, brochures for online distribution, quick color proofs, or simple text documents with nonstandard fonts, the Adobe PDF printer driver shines. It quickly delivers no-nonsense PDF files from within any program, and the driver settings are good enough to keep most users happy. Adobe PDF installs as a printer. To use it you simply go to the Print dialog in the application you're using and select it from the list of available printers (see Figure 41.1). Hitting the Properties button gives you access to a variety of settings such as image compression, font embedding, color, security, compatibility, and more (see Figure 41.2).


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