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Exporting from Applications

Even though Adobe has made it much easier to produce distilled PDF files with Acrobat 5.0, most of the leading design and authoring tools give you an alternative: exporting as PDF. In Photoshop, Illustrator, and FrameMaker, for example, you can use the Save As command in the File menu to save documents as PDF. In InDesign, FreeHand, and QuarkXPress, meanwhile, you can use an Export command. These applications use varying methods to export PDF files: Some go through Distiller, while others bypass PostScript and use their own engines or Acrobat's PDF libraries to produce the PDF file directly.

Exported PDF files differ from distilled PostScript PDF files in one significant way: They're the size of the actual document as defined in the authoring application. Distilled PDF files, in contrast, are the size of the page that's specified by your PPD. If your document and page size are both 8½ by 11, for example, you may not notice. This means that if you want to include off-page marks, you should distill the PDF file and make sure that your page size is larger than your document size to accommodate them. If you want the PDF file to reflect the actual document size, sans off-page marks, go ahead and export (Figure 2-3).


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