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Chapter 11. Catalog, Indexes, Searches > Setting Catalog Preferences

Setting Catalog Preferences

Catalog is highly customizable; you can change several parameters in the Catalog Preferences dialog box. But Adobe strongly recommends that unless you know what you are doing, you resist the temptation to fiddle with the default settings. With that warning out of the way, I'll provide a brief introduction to adjusting Catalog to your liking. If you'd like more information, refer to Adobe's documentation.

To change Catalog preferences:

1.
Choose Catalog from the Tools menu.

The Adobe Catalog dialog box appears (Figure 11.9).

Figure 11.9. Click the Preferences button to open the Catalog Preferences dialog box.


2.
Click the Preferences button to open the Catalog Preferences dialog box.

3.
Change any of the five areas to your preference:

  • General options (Figure 11.10) let you set general parameters for Acrobat indexes. These settings mostly adjust document size in relation to available RAM. The default Document Section Size (Words) setting should be large enough for most users.

    Figure 11.10. General preferences include options for index size and accessibility.


  • Index Defaults settings (Figure 11.11) include special word-search options, which allow the user to search on more criteria than just exact word matches. You may want to check the Optimize for CD-ROM check box if you plan to distribute your indexed document collection.

    Figure 11.11. The Index Default choices are similar to those in the Options dialog box.


  • Logging preferences (Figure 11.12) turn logging on or off and allow you to specify other characteristics of the log, such as name, size, and location. By default, every time you create or update a log, Catalog keeps a log of errors and other messages generated during the process.

    Figure 11.12. You can turn logging on or off and choose which messages to log.


  • Index File Location options (Figure 11.13) let you define a default name for indexes that Catalog generates, as well as specify a default location inside or outside the first folder included in the index.

    Figure 11.13. Enter a default name and location for new indexes.


  • Custom Fields options (Figure 11.14) can be useful if your indexed directories include forms. You can add those fields to the indexed items, allowing users to search on those fields.

    Figure 11.14. If your directories include forms, you can specify which fields can be searched.


4.
When you finish setting preferences, click OK.


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