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Chapter 4. Creating PDFs > Automating Distiller

Automating Distiller

You can set up Acrobat Distiller to distill PostScript files into PDF files automatically.

Two steps are involved in automating Distiller. First, the Distiller application itself must be running. Second, the PostScript files need to be placed in a “watched” folder from which Distiller can convert the files.

Distiller can be set up to find PostScript files in specified folders. If you have a folder set up as a watched folder, the program automatically converts any PostScript file dropped into that folder to a PDF document.

To make a watched folder

1.
In Distiller, choose Watched Folders from the Settings menu (Ctrl+F/Command-F) (Figure 4.29).

Figure 4.29. You can automatically create PDFs from PostScript files by making a watched folder.


The Watched Folders dialog box appears (Figure 4.30).

Figure 4.30. Enter your settings in the Watched Folders dialog box.


2.
Click Add Folder to display the Open dialog box.

3.
Select the folder that you want Distiller to watch and then click Open (Figure 4.31).

Figure 4.31. Select the folder you want Distiller to watch.


4.
Click OK in the Watched Folders dialog box.

From this point forward, whenever Distiller is running, any PostScript files that you placed in the designated watched folder will be converted to PDF documents automatically.

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