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TIP 136: Creating and Using a Printing Droplet

A Preflight Droplet is a special application you build to process documents in preparation for printing that you can store on your desktop. With a droplet on your desktop, you don't even have to open Acrobat dialogs to test a file! In addition to using droplets to evaluate files, you can use them to separate your files by their results and create reports automatically. Build the droplet in Acrobat through the Preflight dialog. Construct and name your Preflight profile and include it in the Preflight dialog's listing. (Find out about creating and using Preflight profiles in Chapter 6.)

It's Raining Droplets

If your specialty is print production, you will often find you have a series of preflight tests you have to run depending on your client. Take a few minutes and build droplets and storage folders for each of your regular jobs. You can store the droplets on the desktop or in any folder on your hard drive. Why not a folder on the desktop for easy access? Need to check a file for Client A? Open your folder and drag the file to the appropriate droplet. Acrobat opens and runs the preflight process, storing the document and reports according to the droplet's settings.

In Windows, you can add the droplet right to the system's Start menu if it is on your desktop. Right-click the droplet to open the shortcut menu and choose Pin to Start menu. Then drag your document for testing to the Start button and hold it for a second or two until the Start menu opens; then simply drop the file on the Droplet item.



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