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Adobe Acrobat 5.0 and Mac OS

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  • 1. F R E Q U E N T LY ASKED QUESTIONS Adobe Acrobat 5.0 ® ® and Mac OS M AC O S X A N D A D O B E P D F F I L E C R E AT I O N Q. Can I create Portable Document Format (PDF) files with Mac OS X? A. Yes. Apple used the published specification of Adobe PDF to enable applications to create PDF files within Mac OS X (excluding the Classic Environment). PDF files created with Mac OS X are appropriate for desktop viewing and printing. However, users can also convert documents to Adobe PDF files with Adobe Acrobat software. Acrobat provides additional benefits, such as the ability to create Adobe PDF files that can be viewed on any hardware and in any application environment, high-end printing, comment and mark-up capabilities, and form fill-in. Q. How is PDF file creation in Mac OS X different from Adobe PDF file creation in Adobe Acrobat 5.0? A. Mac OS X users can create PDF files if they are running software applications written specifically to take advantage of Mac OS X (Carbon or Cocoa applications). PDF files created with Mac OS X are created as part of the printing process with preset, uneditable settings based on the attributes of the included graphics and images. They can be viewed and printed with both the Mac OS X Preview application and Adobe Acrobat® Reader® 5.0 software. Mac OS X users in the Classic Environment (the mode for backward compatibility with previous Mac OS releases) create Adobe PDF files using Acrobat 5.0. Acrobat 5.0 provides multiple customizable ways to create and use Adobe PDF files for both Web and print output. Users can create Adobe PDF files with Acrobat 5.0 and the Distiller® functionality by simply printing to Distiller as if it were a printer. The Distiller feature converts the Adobe PostScript® print stream to an Adobe PDF file. The Adobe PDF file can be optimized to accommodate multiple media and output devices, and adjusted to meet quality (for example, color fidelity and accuracy) versus output speed priorities. Q. What is the difference between PDF files created with Mac OS X and Adobe PDF files created with Acrobat 5.0? A. PDF files created with Mac OS X are intended for viewing and desktop printing. Acrobat 5.0 is the best choice for creating Adobe PDF files for professional print and Web publishing workflows because it offers professional controls that optimize files for output. 1
  • 2. Q. Is Apple including Adobe Acrobat 5.0 with Mac OS X? A. No. Apple is not using Adobe Acrobat 5.0 for the creation of PDF files within Mac OS X. Q. Have Apple and Adobe been working together on Apple’s implementation of Adobe PDF file creation? A. Yes. Apple and Adobe engineering teams have been working together to ensure compatibility between PDF files created in Mac OS X and Adobe PDF files created with Adobe Acrobat 5.0. Q. What capabilities does Acrobat 5.0 have that Mac OS X does not? A. There are a host of Acrobat 5.0 capabilities that Mac OS X does not have that further increase productivity for graphic designers: • Enable multiple reviewers to comment on documents simultaneously from within their Web browsers (requires WebDAV or a standard network folder setup). • Repurpose Adobe PDF content by extracting text and images. • Batch process large quantities of Adobe PDF files with predefined or custom sequences that can include JavaScript. • Secure Adobe PDF files with 128-bit RC4 encryption. Specify a wider array of user privileges, including the right to print, add comments, and extract content. • Approve Adobe PDF files by applying e-signatures from within a Web browser. • Experience tighter integration with Adobe Photoshop® 6.0 and Illustrator® 9.0x and 10 software. Enjoy consistent color management, transparency support, and overprint previews across all three applications. Q. Why do print publishing professionals require Acrobat 5.0? A. In addition to providing the previously mentioned benefits, Acrobat 5.0 enables print publishing professionals to optimize files for specific output requirements. Mac OS X generates PDF files at a fixed resolution that may or may not be suitable for particular printing processes. For high-end printing, the Acrobat customization capabilities are best suited to ensuring quality output. Q. How is the Mac OS X Preview application different from Adobe Acrobat Reader? A. The Mac OS X Preview application provides simple page viewing and printing of Adobe PDF files. Adobe Acrobat Reader offers additional benefits: • View and use thumbnails. • View comments. • Navigate with bookmarks and links. • Fill in forms. • Open and print Adobe PDF files regardless of their source. • Download Acrobat Reader for free from www.adobe.com. • Run Acrobat Reader on either Mac OS X or Microsoft® Windows® . Q. Will PDF files created with Mac OS X be compatible with Acrobat Reader? A. Yes. Apple and Adobe have cooperated extensively during the development of Mac OS X to ensure compatibility with Acrobat Reader 5.0. 2
  • 3. Q. Will Adobe PDF files created with Acrobat 5.0 be compatible with the Mac OS X Preview application? A. The currently shipping version of the Mac OS X Preview application does not display all Adobe PDF files. Apple implemented parts of the PDF 1.2 and PDF 1.3 specifications. The most current PDF version, 1.4 (the version that includes transparency), was not incorporated. Consequently, some Adobe PDF files may be only partially displayed, and others may not be displayed at all. Q. Can I use the Mac OS X Preview application to view comments and other mark-ups and use form fill-in functions on an Adobe PDF file created in Acrobat? A. To view comments generated in the full version of Acrobat, use Acrobat 5.0 or Acrobat Reader 5.0. Q. What version of the PDF specification is Apple using? A. PDF creation in Mac OS X is based on the published specifications of PDF 1.2 and PDF 1.3. Apple implemented the parts of these specifications that were best suited to its solution. The Apple solution does not incorporate the most current Adobe PDF specification, version 1.4. Consequently, PDF files created with Mac OS X will not preserve layers or preview transparency. Q. What is Carbon? A. The Carbon application programming interfaces (APIs) can be used to write Mac OS X applications that also run on previous versions of Mac OS (8.1 and later). Carbon is designed to provide a gentle migration path for developers transitioning from Mac OS 9 to Mac OS X. As most Carbon APIs are supported on Mac OS 9, developers can enhance applications for Mac OS X while continuing to support customers who are using previous versions of Mac OS. Carbon also allows Mac developers to use the software development tools and languages they are most familiar with to develop for Mac OS X. Q. When will Acrobat 5.0 be Carbonized? A. Acrobat 5.0 will be Carbonized in Fall 2001. Q. When will Acrobat Reader be Carbonized? A. Acrobat Reader is currently Carbonized. Download the latest version at www.adobe.com/products/ acrobat/readermain.html. AC R O BAT 5. 0 FU N C T I O N ALI T Y O N T H E M AC I N TO S H Q. When will Acrobat support ODBC on the Mac? A. ODBC is a connectivity protocol language that supports structures for programs, such as Acrobat forms, that can send information to a database. Currently, Mac OS does not have a standard ODBC that Acrobat can use. Q. Is PDFWriter available to Mac users? A. We recommend that Macintosh customers use the Distiller functionality within Acrobat 5.0 to create Adobe PDF files. To create an Adobe PDF file from any authoring application, print to Distiller as if it were a printer. The Distiller feature will then convert the PostScript print stream to an Adobe PDF file. 3
  • 4. Q. What accessibility options are available for Mac users? A. Acrobat 5.0 for the Macintosh supports limited keyboard navigation, high-contrast viewing, and text reflow of tagged Adobe PDF files for easier onscreen viewing. It also includes the Accessibility Checker and the ability to save Adobe PDF files in Rich Text Format (RTF). For Macintosh customers who use screen readers, Adobe provides free conversion services at http://access.adobe.com. Q. Is Paper Capture available to Mac users? A. Currently, Macintosh customers with the full version of Acrobat can receive free Paper Capture through Adobe’s Create Adobe PDF Online service. To sign up for your free unlimited service, launch Acrobat 5.0 and select File > Tools > Paper Capture Online. You must be connected to the Internet to sign up for the service and to upload files for conversion to Adobe PDF. Adobe Systems Incorporated • 345 Park Avenue, San Jose, CA 95110-2704 USA • www.adobe.com Adobe, the Adobe logo, Acrobat, Acrobat Reader, the Adobe PDF logo, Distiller, Illustrator, Photoshop, PostScript, and Reader are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Adobe Systems Incorporated in the United States and/or other countries. Mac and Macintosh are trademarks of Apple Computer, Inc., registered in the United States and other countries. Microsoft and Windows are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Microsoft Corporation in the United States and/or other countries. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners. 4 © 2001 Adobe Systems Incorporated. All rights reserved. Printed in the USA. BC3619 9/01

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