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Before You Start

One could fill a book with instructions about how to print or export PDF files from every iteration of every design, publishing, and business application (not to mention various flavors of operating systems), but I don't want to write that book and I doubt you want to read it. Instead, this book will show you how to produce PDF files from the current versions of some popular applications on Mac OS 9.1 or later and Windows 2000 Professional (or its equivalent) using the PostScript drivers that ship with Acrobat. If your setup varies, I apologize. Hopefully the explanations provided here will be clear enough that you can extrapolate from these generic setups and make informed choices that yield high-quality PDF files.

Also keep in mind that these techniques are not intended as tutorials on the printing and output capabilities of the various applications. This book presumes that you know not only when you want to tile a document on a larger page size but also how to find the proper command in whatever application you're using. This chapter is intended to show you how to produce composite, device-independent PDF files so that you can leave device-dependent considerations up to your prepress provider. As you'll soon see, however, there will be times when you have to dip into separation setup dialog boxes to invoke bleeds or page marks. If you want to produce actual separations, use your software manuals and get some guidance from your prepress partner so that you can choose the appropriate screening and other options.


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