First introduced by Adobe two decades ago, PDF has since become a ubiquitous way to let users view docs that look the same regardless of which OS and application software are installed on the device. Adobe is hardly alone, however, in the business of PDF software. PDF has its roots in Postscript, a page description language used in printing documents. Until , PDF was a proprietary format, controlled by Adobe. Originally, Acrobat was a modular system, with components to create PDF files and a different component to read them.
Applies to: Acrobat Distiller main window Windows A. Status window Note: Manage the conversion queue Distiller lets you queue PostScript files that you create in authoring applications and then monitor them throughout the PDF conversion process. Open the PostScript file and start the conversion process, using either method: Drag one or more PostScript files from the desktop to the Acrobat Distiller window. Click Pause before doing step 3 if you want to review the queue before Distiller starts converting the files.
Change the queue during processing Do any of the following: To temporarily stop processing the current job, click Pause. To resume processing the current job, click Resume. To delete files from the queue, click Cancel Job.
Cancel Job deletes all files from the queue that are not yet successfully completed. Or Windows only , select and right-click individual files in the job queue and choose Cancel Job s to delete only those files. Windows only To open the folder where the selected files are, right-click the job queue and choose Explore. Or, double-click the PDF to open it in Acrobat. Save a history of the job queue Windows Right-click the job queue, and choose Save List.
Distiller saves and opens the history as a PDF. Clear the queue Remove all paused and successfully converted files from the list: Windows Right-click the job queue, and choose Clear History. Distiller preferences The Distiller preferences control global Distiller settings. Required hard disk space is often double the size of the PostScript file being processed.
Log files for failed jobs are always created. The Print dialog boxes can vary from application to application. For instructions on creating a PostScript file from your specific application, see the application documentation.
Keep in mind the following guidelines when creating PostScript files: Windows Send the fonts used in the document. Give a PostScript file the same name as the original document, but with the extension. Some applications use a.
Send PostScript files as 8-bit binary data when using FTP to transfer the files between computers, especially if the platforms are different. This action prevents converting line feeds to carriage returns or vice versa. About watched folders Acrobat Pro You can configure Distiller to look for PostScript files in certain folders called watched folders. Distiller can monitor up to watched folders.
A watched folder can have its own Adobe PDF settings and security settings that apply to all files processed from that folder. Security settings for a watched folder take priority over the security settings for Distiller. For example, Distiller does not convert a PostScript file in a watched folder if the file is marked with read-only permission.
Windows Settings and preferences are unique to each user. On an NTFS, only files created by respective users are read- and write-accessible. Settings files created by other users are read-only. To share a watched folder with other users, the creator of the folder must set the appropriate permissions for the In and Out folders. Sharing enables other users to copy files to the In folder and get files from the Out folder.
The creator must be logged into the system and have Distiller running. The other users must log in remotely to open the live watched folder and have their files processed. Click Add Folder, and select the target folder. Distiller automatically puts an In folder and an Out folder in the target folder. You can place In and Out folders at any level of a disk drive. To define security options for a folder, select the folder and click Edit Security. Click OK to return to the Watched Folders dialog box.
A security icon is prepended to any folder name for which security is set. To return a folder to the original options selected in the Distiller window, select the folder, and click Clear Security. Set Adobe PDF conversion settings for the folders: Click OK to save it to the watched folder as folder. Use any settings that you have defined, named, and saved, and then click OK. Set options to manage the processing of files: Enter a number of seconds to specify how often to check the folders.
You can enter up to Choose what to do with a PostScript file after it has been processed. The file can be moved to the Out folder along with the PDF file or deleted. Any log file is also automatically copied to the Out folder. To delete PDFs after a certain period of time, enter a number of days, up to This option also deletes PostScript and log files, if you have chosen to delete them.
If you want to remove a folder, select the folder and click Remove Folder. Make sure that Distiller has finished processing all the files in the folder before you remove it. When you remove a watched folder, Distiller does not delete the In and Out folders, their contents, or the folder. You can delete these manually when appropriate. More like this.