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Topic: Distiller questions
Conf: (P-PDF) Beginners, Msg: 91915
From: kite
Date: 7/12/2003 05:06 AM

This may seem a bit strange, but: what happens when you 'print to distiller' from within Acrobat? I know somebody who does this, then appends a .ps suffix to the resulting document title when prompted for a name. The resulting file appears to be a postscript file. If you double-click on it, distiller opens it, and voila! It's a PDF again, only smaller than before.

Why would you do this? Because in order to create the original PDF, we had to stitch together multiple previously-saved PDF files from Photoshop. The resulting PDF file is huge. I understand that if we save it as a postscript file, then distill it, the result is usually considerably smaller. But I'm thoroughly confused by the apparent use of Distiller to *produce* the postscript file. If I 'save as' postscript from Acrobat, then open that file with distiller, I feel a lot more comfortable with the process, and the resulting file is of an identical size, but I'm missing out on cool print options like "shrink/expand to fix (standard-sized page)." So... if someone could help out, I'd be grateful. My main concern is that I don't understand what "printing to Distiller" )when the file you're 'printing' is already a PDF, and you're already in Acrobat) really means, or what its implications are. Distiller can output a postscript file? Is there any reason this would be a bad idea?


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