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Acrobat Preflight

Today's Adobe Acrobat webinar was on streamlining and avoiding problems BEFORE printing and distributing your pdf documents. In the Tools menu there is an option called "Preflight". Here you can not only check your document for a LARGE number of specific problems, but also fix them on the fly. It's like creating a correction macro. You can save these fixes as profiles for later use, or create specific "droplets" onto which you drop files for correction. With preflight checks and fixes you can..
  1. check for blank pages which may really be blank, or may be pages with "invisible text objects" that weren't OCR'd (converted to text), and therefore appeared as unsearchable images
  2. find duplicates of images and discard all but one for reuse, thus saving space
  3. find, then optimize images or convert images to grayscale or a specific color space
  4. find, then place images or text strings on separate layers
  5. inventory all of the fonts and characters and embed them
He also recommended you always do at least a final Save As... because it will do an error check and optimize file size. A few session, notes, Q and As and links are in the webinar folder on the share drive. G:\Shares\EDUC\EED\DL\VSDL_StaffMtgs_\VSDL_Programs\Webinars

Good overview: http://tv.adobe.com/watch/acrobat-tips-and-tricks/preflighting-pdfs/

Others:
List of preflight tutorials



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