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MarkW19
Mar 16, 2008, 01:56 PM
I've exported a Postcript file from Quark 6, and it's 6MB. However, when I open it in Preview, and Save As PDF, it's only 60KB!

Can anyone help? Is there a better way to convert this file into a PDF?



ac6789
Mar 16, 2008, 02:29 PM
Why would you create a PDF from preview?

I haven't used quark in a while, but can't you export to PDF from there?

or if you have acrobat (full program) you can either use distiller: just drag the postscript file into the conversion window. Remember to adjust your settings first.

or it should have installed a PDF printer into the list of printers available to your computer just look into File--> Print and choose Adobe PDF 8 (if you have the latest version)

MarkW19
Mar 16, 2008, 02:52 PM
Why would you create a PDF from preview?

I haven't used quark in a while, but can't you export to PDF from there?

or if you have acrobat (full program) you can either use distiller: just drag the postscript file into the conversion window. Remember to adjust your settings first.

or it should have installed a PDF printer into the list of printers available to your computer just look into File--> Print and choose Adobe PDF 8 (if you have the latest version)

Thanks for the reply. Export to PDF in Quark produces unpredictable results, and ive been advised against it by the printers I use. Also, File->Print->PDF in Quark doesn't allow me to change the advanced output settings.

I guess I need to get Acrobat 8 then, with Distiller and the printer addition.

brisbaneguy29
Mar 16, 2008, 05:32 PM
The only way you should make a PDF from quark is printing to a postscript file, and then put this file through Distiller. Any other method, including printing to a PDF printer, will give you mixed results. I have had very bad colour management problems with the PDF 8 driver, PDF 6 works the best. I use Quark 6 on a daily basis, and prepare ads for publications, and by printing to postscript, and putting it through Distiller, I NEVER have a problem. It is always as designed.

MarkW19
Mar 16, 2008, 05:40 PM
The only way you should make a PDF from quark is printing to a postscript file, and then put this file through Distiller. Any other method, including printing to a PDF printer, will give you mixed results. I have had very bad colour management problems with the PDF 8 driver, PDF 6 works the best. I use Quark 6 on a daily basis, and prepare ads for publications, and by printing to postscript, and putting it through Distiller, I NEVER have a problem. It is always as designed.

No worries, this is what I've been hearing. Basically avoiding making a PDF directly from Quark, at all costs!

So, Distiller comes as part of Acrobat 8?

MisterMe
Mar 16, 2008, 07:21 PM
... So, Distiller comes as part of Acrobat 8?Yes, certainly as part of Adobe Acrobat 8 Professional.

MarkW19
Mar 17, 2008, 10:40 AM
I emailed my postscript file to a colleague who has Adobe Distiller (as part of Acrobat Pro.), and he's converted it using the Press Quality setting, and the output PDF is still only very small - 128k. It's at 2400dpi, but is only just an envelope address (black only). Is such a small file normal?

MisterMe
Mar 17, 2008, 11:51 AM
... Is such a small file normal?Yes.

7on
Mar 17, 2008, 01:10 PM
I sometimes use a custom distillation where I set all images to uncompressed (instead of JPEG). Works pretty well for the most part, though if the images are large resolutions, I wouldn't give it to a printer this way. I did this, for instance, when we had Postits made with the corporate branding on it and a tiff seal had to be included so I distilled it uncompressed.