One of the drawbacks of highend PDF workflow today is the fact that the receiver of a PDF document cannot know which Distiller options were used to create the PDF file. Current preflight tools can't give you all the information you need (e.g., the JPEG compression factors are not stored in PDF today). Another problem is the correct setting of Distiller options. Typically, every project needs slightly different settings. Because you are not able to transfer Distiller options today every service provider has to create a manual for every customer describing the correct Distiller settings. Furthermore, there is no guarantee that the proposed settings are used by the customer. Future versions of Distiller will hopefully provide an integrated feature to store and load predefined settings. But until then we need a simple solution.
Four tools to help you
To support the PDF community, Stephan Jaeggi from PrePress-Consulting (Switzerland) and Greg Kruckewitt from Lupin Software (California) have developed several tools for Acrobat Distiller 3.0x. DistillerNotes reads the current Distiller options and stores this information in a note on the first page of the PDF. FontNotes attaches a note to the PDF that lists information on all the fonts that are used as well as any font errors. MakeStartup and MakePrologue create Startup and Prologue files respectively which set predefined Distiller options automatically when loaded. These functions are provided in different programs on purpose so that each user can choose the right combination of tools for their projects.
OK, so you want to stamp your document. Maybe you need to give reviewers some advice about the document's status or sensitivity. This tip from author Ted Padova demonstrates how to add stamps with the Stamp Tool along with related comments.