13   PDF creation: PDF printer

13.1   Printer settings

PDF printer settings allow you to streamline enterprise workflows and improve business efficiency by standardizing how printing works across your organization. Many of the settings automate process such as automatically adding document metadata, displaying the PDF after creation, and selecting a the default output folder.

The following options are available:

  • Default PDF Output folder: Automatically sets the output folder.
  • Adobe PDF Output Folder: Automatically sets the Adobe output folder.
  • Adobe PDF Security: Bypasses the security prompt if the last known settings should be used.
  • TrueType Font Download Option: Specifies the font download options.
  • PostScript Output Option: Specifies how the PostSript files should be processed.
  • View Adobe PDF results: Automatically displays PDF after creation.
  • Add document information: Automatically adds known metadata to the document (e.g. organization, author, etc.).
  • Ask to replace existing PDF file: Bypasses the replace prompt.
  • Rely on system fonts only; do no use document fonts: Specifies whether fonts should be embedded.

These settings modify the EnterpriseRegistries tables and registry as shown in the PDF Printer options table below.

Note

The registry root path to these keys is HKLM\SOFTWARE\Adobe\Acrobat Distiller\<version>\.

PDF printer options
Feature Value Installer table name Registry path: AdobePDF.INI
Default PDF Output Folder C:My PDF Output DistillerDefPDFOutput DefaultPDFOutput
Adobe PDF Output Folder Default; Prompt for PDF filename PDFIniPrompForFileName PromptForFileName
Adobe PDF Security 1: (Default) Reconfirm Security for each job; None; 2: Use the last known security settings PDFIniSecurityOption SecurityOption
TrueType Font Download Option 1: (Default): Outline; Automatic; 2: Bitmap; 3: Native True Type PDFIniTrueTypeFontDL True Type Font Download Option
PostScript Output Options 1: (Default) Optimize for Portability; Optimize for speed; 2: Encapsulated PostScript; 3: Archive Format PDFIniPSOutputOption PostScript Output Option
View Adobe PDF results Boolean. Default = 1 PDFIniViewPDFResults ViewPrintOutput
Add document information Boolean. Default = 1 PDFIniAddDocInfo AddDocInfo
Ask to replace existing PDF file Boolean. Default = 0 PDFIniAskToReplaceFile AskToReplacePDF
Rely on system fonts only Boolean. Default = 1 PDFINiDonotSendFonts DonotSendFont

PDF printer settings

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13.2   Default PDF Output Folder

To specify a default folder that will appear in the Adobe PDF Output Folder drop down list, do one of the following:

  • Enter a new path in the Default PDF output folder textbox, or
  • Choose Browse, navigate to the folder you want to use, and then select Open.
  • The default output folder name must reside on all users’ systems.

13.3   Adobe PDF Output Folder

To specify a folder for saving newly created PDF files, choose an option in the Adobe PDF Output Folder drop down list:

  • <Default PDF Output Folder> (contains the value you’ve set above)
  • Prompt for Adobe PDF filename

13.4   Adobe PDF Security

To set the security level for PDF documents, choose an option in the Adobe PDF Security drop down list:

  • None
  • Reconfirm Security for Each Job
  • Use the Last Known Security Settings
  • Security methods include password, certificate, and Adobe LiveCycle Rights Management Server security. For more information on applying security to documents, see the Document Security Guide in the content security library at http://learn.adobe.com/wiki/display/security/Document+Library.

13.5   TrueType Font Download Option

To set TrueType behavior, choose one of the following in the TrueType Font Download Option drop down list:

  • Automatic
  • Online
  • Bitmap
  • Native TrueType

After installation, the TrueType setting appears in the printer properties dialog box. To view the settings:

  1. Choose Start > Printers and Faxes.
  2. Right-click the Adobe PDF Printer.
  3. Choose Properties > Advanced tab.
  4. Choose Printing Defaults.
  5. Choose the Paper/Quality tab.
  6. Choose Advanced.
  7. Under Document Options, expand PostScript Options to view the TrueType Font Download Option.

Note

It’s possible that the method may vary by operating system.

13.6   PostScript Output Option

To set PostScript output behavior, choose one of the following in the PostScript Output Option drop down list:

  • Optimize for Speed
  • Optimize for Portability
  • Encapsulated Postscript
  • Archive Format

After installation, the PostScript setting appears in the printer properties dialog box. To view the settings:

  1. Choose Start > Printers and Faxes.
  2. Right-click the Adobe PDF printer.
  3. Choose Properties > Advanced tab.
  4. Choose Printing Defaults.
  5. Choose the Paper/Quality tab.
  6. Choose Advanced.
  7. Under Document Options, expand PostScript Options and view the PostScript Output Option.

13.7   View Adobe PDF results

To specify whether to view a PDF after it is created:

  1. Select Open the output file when it is created.

13.8   Ask to replace existing PDF file

To specify whether new PDFs should replace existing PDFs of the same name:

  1. Select Alert the user that a PDF file of the same name exists.

13.9   Add document information

Select the check box to record information about the file when it is created.

13.10   Font specification

To rely on system fonts only and never use document fonts:

  1. Select the check box to restrict the use of fonts.