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A1: Acrobat Distiller is used to convert PostScript files to PDF. PostScript files are generally created by using the Print to File option with a PostScript print driver. Any document that can be printed to file can be converted to PDF with Acrobat Distiller.

Because you can easily convert a PostScript file to PDF with Acrobat Distiller, you can use the same PostScript file to generate multiple PDF files for various uses. You can convert the same PostScript file to PDF using the various Default Settings for experimentation, or to meet the needs of posting a PDF on-line and also delivering a different PDF to your printer.

A2: Use the Preflight command to check for all areas of concern within a PDF. For example, if you are posting PDF files on-line, you can look for items that might make a PDF file too large—such as embedded fonts, or graphics that have too high a resolution. If you are using PDF files for print and prepress, you can check for fonts that are not embedded, low-resolution graphics, and incorrect colors.
A3: Layers provide the ability to easily create various versions of a PDF document. But not all prepress workflows accept layered PDF files, and they introduce the possibility of printing the wrong layer if your printer or service provider is not expecting to receive a layered PDF file. It is a good idea to always communicate with your printer or service provider before using layers within a PDF document.


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