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Distilling Files Manually

The third and final way to produce PDF files for prepress is to distill your files manually—which in essence was what you did in previous Acrobat versions when you performed the two-step process of printing a PostScript file to disk and then distilling it. Acrobat 5.0 automates this process by letting you print distilled PDF files directly from authoring applications. Thus, if you want to distill a file manually, you have to take the process apart: You simply revert to the old method of printing a PostScript file or saving as EPS and then launching Distiller, where you create the PDF file.

But why would you manually distill a file when Acrobat can do it automatically? Well, for one, your prepress provider may want to produce the PDF file instead of letting you do it. Or you might not have Distiller on your system (say you're working remotely and won't be able to distill the file until you're back in the office). You may also want to distill PDF files manually if you're using watched folders to automate the routine conversion of multiple PostScript files to PDF, or when you want to combine multiple PostScript files into one PDF file. The next chapter explains how to do this, as well as everything else you need to know about Distiller settings, options, and processes.


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