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Watch Out

One of Distiller's great productivity features is its ability to create PDF files automatically when they're placed in watched folders—up to 100 folders if you're ambitious as well as organized. These files can be organized by project, client, or whatever system makes sense for your production needs. You must still create a PostScript or EPS file from your authoring application—which is most of the dirty setup work of distilling PDF files through your application's Print dialog box—but depending on your application you can automate the creation of your PostScript files. (See “How to Create PostScript Files,” page 110, for more on creating PostScript files.) Then all you have to do is save or move those PostScript files to a folder that you tell Distiller to check periodically. From then on, it does the deed automatically in the background.

Before you set up watched folders (which can be hard drives, directories, or hard drive partitions), there are a couple things you need to be aware of: First, you can't use watched folders over a network. They must reside on the same hard drive as Distiller. You can, however, establish a dedicated production machine on your network that includes Distiller and the watched folders, and then have users drag their PostScript files to that machine (just be sure everyone who puts files in the watched folder is licensed to use Distiller). If your prepress partner will be distilling your PostScript files, a more sophisticated system would be for you to place PostScript files on a secure FTP site and have your partner configure Distiller to watch the site and process your PDF files automatically.


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