©2007 & 2008 by Don Campbell"Job options"
last edited 03/19/2008
Freeware PDF Creation
Making a PDF in Windows using Acrobat
This tutorial combines:
A note on "quick and easy create PDF" methods
Installing Adobe Acrobat gives you several ways to make PDFs including some "quick and easy" methods. If you choose to use one of these quick methods you are likely to find that the PDF you create did not embed all fonts or may be the wrong size. If so, please be patient and try the robust method described in the links at the bottom of the page.
There is no easy way for this tutorial to keep up with changes in Windows and in Acrobat. I do not have all versions of Windows, Word, or Acrobat.
Does that make it impossible for people who have different versions than are illustrated in the tutorials? No. The settings and steps are similar in all versions. It does mean that it is useful to be flexible if things look a little different on your screen. You might need to adjust to a different wording or a different placement of things.
You might even need to look in Acrobat's Help. Acrobat Help is searchable and it covers most of what you want to do.
Acrobat's PostScript driver and distiller:
Acrobat installs in Windows a virtual printer driver called "Adobe PDF." In some of the methods used by Acrobat to make PDFs, the file is "printed" to the PostScript driver and then the output of the driver is sent to the Distiller to create the PDF. To embed all fonts under various conditions, you must make settings in the PostScript printer driver and in Distiller.
The tutorials below are for setting the defaults of the "Adobe PDF" postscript driver in Windows to embed all fonts. The same settings can be made to the Adobe PDF driver from the "Print" window in applications like Word. However, settings made from inside Word do not always carry through to the final PDF produced. Make these settings as shown, from the Windows "Printers & Faxes" or "Printers" window as illustrated.
Note that the settings are similar for various versions of Windows, including Vista. When there are specific differences you may need to look for similar settings in other menus or different wordings for what is actually the same setting.
Each PDF is created based on a large number of settings or options. The group of options are saved in files called "job options." Almost every different way you can make a PDF with Acrobat has a different setting for the default job option it will use. When Acrobat is first installed those defaults are virtually always the job option called "Standard." You do not want that for your Lulu book. We will be changing the default job option, changing it slightly, and saving it for future use. It is easy to do. If you do not do it you will not get the PDF you want.