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TIP 137: Watching Folders

Another Acrobat tool for enhancing productivity is Acrobat Distiller 7, which lets you create a special folder system of “watched” folders and then have Acrobat look for and process files in these folders automatically. You don't have to install Distiller—it is installed as part of the overall Acrobat 7 installation process.

Watching in Windows or Mac

Windows and Mac operating systems have different behaviors when it comes to watched folders.

In Windows, watched folder settings are unique to each user except for the Adobe PDF settings files, which are shared. If the Windows system is non-NTFS (Windows NT File System), custom settings files are read- and write-accessible by all users of the system. If you are using an NTFS system, your files are read- and write-accessible to you, and settings files created by other users are read-only; Distiller's default settings files are read-only and hidden.

In Mac OS, your settings and preferences are your own. If you want to share a watched folder, you must be logged into your system, have Distiller running, and then set permissions on the In and Out folders, which lets others copy files to the In folder and retrieve files from the Out folder. Users you want to share your files with must be logged in remotely to access the watched folder and process files.



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