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QUESTION: What is Adobe Distiller?

ANSWER: Adobe Distiller, formerly known as "Adobe Acrobat Distiller," is a software application that lets you create PDF files from other types of files. A common use for Adobe Distiller is creating PDF files from PostScript files. That is: if you have a PostScript file, you can use Adobe Distiller to create a PDF version of it.

Adobe Distiller is part of the full-fledged Adobe Acrobat software package.


Adobe Distiller is not the only software product that can create PDF files — there are other good-quality software products that make it easy to create PDF files.


Besides letting you create a PDF file from a PostScript file, Adobe Distiller also lets you create a PDF file from within an application. For example, if you've installed Adobe Distiller on your computer, you can create a PDF file from within virtually any application by clicking File > Print and choosing Adobe PDF from the "Printer" list. And, there is another way to use Adobe Distiller to create a PDF file if you're working within Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, or Microsoft PowerPoint: just click the PDF icon near the top of the Word, Excel, or PowerPoint window.

If you do it the second way (by clicking the PDF icon from within Word, Excel, or PowerPoint), the PDF file that you get will contain any links that you have in your Word, Excel, or PowerPoint document. For example, if you have a Word document containing a Table of Contents that has links to pages in the document, those links will work in the PDF file that you get if you use the second method described above to create the PDF file. But if you do it the first way (by clicking File > Print and choosing Adobe PDF from the "Printer" list), the PDF file that you get will not contain the links.

Even when you create a PDF file from within an application (by using one of the two methods above), what actually happens behind the scenes is that a PostScript file gets created and then Adobe Distiller converts the PostScript file to PDF format.
 




    
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