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Chapter 12. Catalog, Indexes, and Searches > Setting Catalog Preferences

Setting Catalog Preferences

Acrobat Catalog is highly customizable; you can change several parameters in the Catalog Preferences dialog box. For instance, you can enable logging or allow indexing on separate drives. But Adobe strongly recommends that unless you're sure about what you're doing, resist the temptation to fiddle with the default settings. With that warning, I'll provide a brief introduction to adjusting Catalog to your liking. If you'd like more information, refer to Adobe's documentation.

To change Catalog preferences

1.
Choose Preferences from the File menu (Windows) or from the Acrobat menu (Mac).

Then choose Catalog from the list on the left of the Preferences dialog box (Figure 12.11).

Figure 12.11. Choose Catalog from the list on the left of the Preferences dialog box.


2.
Change any of the areas to your preference:

  • Indexing options allow indexing on separate drives, force ISO 9660 compatibility on folders (so you don't have to rename a PDF to fit the 8-character limitation of MS-DOS file naming), and enable logging, which might help someone troubleshoot an index gone wrong.

  • Index Defaults settings include Do Not Include Numbers (this setting can significantly reduce the file size of indexes); Add IDs to Adobe PDF v1.0 Files (the older version of Adobe PDF files did not include an automatic identification as the later versions do; ID numbers are needed when Mac OS filenames are shortened); and Do Not Warn for Changed Documents when Searching.

  • Custom Properties can be useful if your indexed directories include forms. You can add fields from forms to the indexed items, allowing users to search in those fields. In addition, you can set XMP fields (XMP is information Adobe applications can place in a file to help other Adobe applications, like Illustrator, use that file), stop words (a feature that lets you exclude specific words from an index search), and structure tags.

3.
When you finish setting preferences, click OK.


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