Using Adobe Acrobat 9 Pro Software to Convert a PDF to PDF/X
You should always make a backup copy of the original PDF files before working on them in Acrobat software. Acrobat software will save over the existing file (without warning) when applying fix-ups or converting files.
1. Select Preflight from the Advanced menu (Fig 3).
2. In the Preflight dialog box, click Standard
3. Select Save as PDF/X and then click Continue.
4. Select Save as PDF/X-3 and click Continue (Fig 4).
5. Select Create PDF/X-3 (SWOP) as the conversion profile. (Fig. 5).
6. Select the Apply Corrections checkbox to have Acrobat software automatically fix errors during the conversion. (You can view a list of the fixups that will be applied by clicking the question mark icon.) (Fig 6.)
7. Click Save As and name the new PDF file. This will convert the PDF based on the selected profile and settings (Fig 7).
If the conversion is successful, a green check mark appears in the Preflight dialog box. If the conversion fails, a red X appears in the Preflight dialog box. Even if the conversion fails, some of the fix-ups have still been applied. Clicking the Create Report button allows you to generate a report detailing information about the PDF file and what was changed to make it PDF/X compliant.
These reports may be helpful to track common problems or when explaining what was fixed in order to get the file to print.
Batch Conversion in Adobe Acrobat Software
Droplet options can specify how your Preflight droplet processes PDF files that are dragged, or “dropped” into your droplet icon in order to be immediately processed. Creating a droplet in Acrobat software allows you to batch process PDF files. Simply drag and drop multiple PDF files onto the droplet, and Acrobat software will automatically process them. When you inspect files using a droplet, you can separate successful files from problem files and review results in a Preflight Batch Summary Report. Detailed reports can also be generated for each file, if you choose.
Remember to always make a backup copy of the original PDF files before working on them in Acrobat software. Acrobat software will save over the existing file (without warning) when applying fix-ups or converting files.
Creating a Droplet
1. Select Preflight from the Advanced menu. (Fig 8).
2. Choose Create Preflight Droplet from the Options menu in the Preflight dialog box.
3. Choose a Convert to PDF/X-3 (SWOP) from the pop-up menu.
4. Select the first checkbox under On success: and then choose Move PDF file from the menu.
5. Click the Success folder…button and select a directory where the successfully converted files will be saved.
6. Select the first checkbox under On error: and then choose Move PDF file to error folder.
7. Click the Error folder…button and select a directory where the files that were not converted will be saved.
8. Click the checkbox for Display a summary PDF with a list of files for which Preflight found errors or warnings.
9. If you wish to save a detailed report for each file that is processed, check the Create report check boxes.
10. Click the Save…button and name the droplet. (Fig 9).
NOTE: Converting files using a droplet will not keep the original version of the PDF file untouched in its original directory. It will rewrite the original file and append a X_3 to the end of the file name. It is strongly suggested you make a copy of the original files before using any batch processing droplet.
Editing a Droplet
You can edit an existing droplet by simply double clicking on its icon.
Acrobat software allows you to preview transparent objects in a PDF. This can be helpful for identifying problem areas.
1. Open the PDF in Acrobat Software
2. From the Advanced menu, select Print Production: Flattener Preview
3. Select Transparent Objects from the Highlight menu. (Fig 10).
4. Any transparent objects will be highlighted in red.