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Re: PDF Doc properties

I read Brian's original post a bit too quickly, so I posted this:

If you have full Acrobat, look up Watched Folders in the help. You'll see how to use Distiller to create settings and place the settings file in a folder that Distiller watches as often as you set it to. From FM, then, you'd print to file, using the Adobe PDF printer driver and pointing it to the In folder of the Watched folder you set up. It will be processed according to your saved settings file. You can create as many different settings files as you have requirements for.

That prompted Martha Davidson to write this follow-up privately:

I didn't realize you could set the properties that Brian referred to in Distiller settings. I know I can set Magnification: Fit Width in the PDF Setup properties of an FM book, but the other settings he listed I've only been able to do with post-processing by hand in Acrobat. I'm still using Acrobat 5.05; if I upgraded to Acrobat 7 Pro, could I specify in my Distiller joboptions file Show: Document Title for each book?

To be accurate, the Watched Folders can perform Distiller operations according to settings in the joboptions file you create, on files deposited into the In folder of a Watched folder. However, Distiller doesn't have the ability to set Page Layout and other initial view options.

Apologies for the confusion. To make up for it, I'd like to mention that Acrobat 7 Professional (I can't remember the details of earlier Acrobat releases) can perform batch operations on specified folders full of files, or on the user's selection of files. Open Options, Security, printing operations, and much more, are available by choosing them from a list and moving them into a list box, similar to the include/don't include operation in FrameMaker's choose paragraphs for ToC dialog box.

One of the options is to run JavaScript(s).

As Rebecca noted, Shlomo Perets' FrameMaker to Acrobat TimeSavers is a good tool. TimeSavers adds features to FM files, so you can choose settings for the processing in FM, which saves a number of steps.

 >>> "Brian Wesley Simmons" <bsimmons@xxxxxxxxxxx> 17/11/05 11:48 >>>
Howdy, folks. When we convert our FM files to PDF, we set the PDF
document properties in a particular way. For example we always want our
files to Page layout: Single Page, Magnification: Fit Width, and  Show:
Document Title.

Is there any way to save that set of properties so that we are not
continually having to fill out the same Acrobat fields over and over
again? This seems like basic functionality, but I don't know how to do

-- Regards,

Peter Gold
KnowHow ProServices

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