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Using watched folders

To automate the process of creating Adobe PDF files, you can set up a watched folder on your system or network server. When Distiller watches a folder, it periodically checks the folder for PostScript files. When a PostScript file is saved or copied into a watched folder, Distiller automatically converts the file to Adobe PDF and moves it to an Out folder.

In this part of the lesson, you'll set up a watched folder on your system and use it to convert a PostScript file to Adobe PDF.

Setting up a watched folder

You'll configure Distiller to check a folder periodically for PostScript files and to process these files for on-screen Adobe PDF output.

1.
Create a folder on your desktop, and name it Watch.

2.
In Distiller, choose eBook from the Job Options menu.

3.
Choose Settings > Watched Folders.

The Watched Folders dialog box lets you specify how frequently Distiller checks a watched folder and how to handle files after they are processed.

4.
Click Add.

5.
Select the Watch folder on your desktop, and click OK (Windows) or click Choose (Mac OS).

The Watch folder appears in the Watched Folder list.

6.
Select Watch in the Watched Folder list. For Check Watched Folders Every, enter 10 to process PostScript files every 10 seconds. Under Post-Processing, choose Moved to “Out” Folder.

7.
Click Job Options. You can set different options for each watched folder.

8.
Click the Compression tab to display the compression and resampling options. Under Color Images and Grayscale Images, choose High for the compression quality. Then click OK.

9.
Click OK again to close the Watched Folders dialog box.

Converting a file using a watched folder

Your new Watch folder has an In folder and an Out folder in it, as well as a job options file. You'll place a sample PostScript file in the In folder. When Distiller is finished processing the file, you'll retrieve the resulting Adobe PDF file from the Out folder.

1.
In Windows Explorer (Windows) or the Finder (Mac OS), open the Watch folder.

2.
Open the Lesson04 folder. Drag Drop.ps from the Lesson04 folder to the In folder within the Watch folder.

If the Distiller window is still visible, you should be able to see information about the processing in the Distiller window.

Note

Distiller will not process Read-Only files in watched folders.

3.
Open the Out folder within the Watch folder. You should now have a Drop.pdf file and a Drop.ps file in this folder.

4.
Double-click Drop.pdf to view it in Acrobat.

5.
When you are finished viewing the file, close it and drag it to the Lesson04 folder.

Removing watched folders

If you no longer need Distiller to watch a particular folder, you should remove it from the list of watched folders. If you do not remove it from the list, Distiller will waste resources checking that folder and ultimately slow down the processing of other tasks.

If you haven't done so already, you should drag Drop.pdf to the Lesson04 folder.

1.
In Distiller, choose Settings > Watched Folders.

2.
Select Watch from the list.

3.
Click Remove, and then click OK.

4.
Exit or quit Distiller and Acrobat.

In this lesson, you learned several methods to convert PostScript files to Adobe PDF, and how to manage output quality. The conversion method you use depends on your system resources and working habits. You may not always use the same Distiller settings. You should experiment to find the best solution for your needs.

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