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Topic: To Flatten or Not to Flatten
Conf: (P-PDF) Acrobat 6.0, Msg: 124107
From: usmcinphx
Date: 12/18/2004 02:13 AM

All of our electronic files are for archival and some will be maintained for over 100 years. We have selected PDF as our current major file format. When an employee views or prints any of our files they must be assured that the file is COMPLETE, accurate and legible prior to performing safety or quality related work.

The Layer feature within Acrobat 6 is wonderful for the employee to be able to view only a specific layer of a drawing. However, Acrobat 6 allows the author of the PDF to turn the view for layers on or off as a default as well as creating the PDF to only print layers when visible, never print layer, etc. Most of our users only know how to open a PDF and print it or view it. Most are not looking at individual layers.

We are afraid that a user will print out a drawing with layers and think that they have the complete drawing when they may actually have a drawing with a missing layer(s).

I'm suggesting to our company that the author create two PDFs. One PDF would have flattened layers and would be called the "Original". The other would not be flattened and be called the "Reference". Users would then be responsible for printing the Original pdf if using it to perform safety or quality related activities.

Has anyone out there experienced this situation.

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