Problem printing Booklet in Indesign to a PDF using postscript


I have this message in Acrobat Distiller when trying to PDF a booklet from Indesign CS5: Acrobat Distiller 9.5.1 Started: Wednesday, 1 August 2012 at 10:22 AM Adobe PostScript software version: 3018.101 CID support library initialization completed.

Error in /Library/Application Support/Adobe/Adobe PDF/Settings/PDFX4 2008.joboptions: /CheckCompliance out of range

I proceeded exactly as suggested in previous posts in this forum using Print booklet> postscript> saving the .ps file and importing it to Acrobat. When choosing the Postscript, all the print settings are greyed out. The booklet only partially converts to PDF (half of the pages and not the spreads). Can anyone help me figure out what is wrong and how I can remedy that problem? Thanks. Isabelle

Am on a Mac Snow Leopard/ Adobe Acrobat 9 pro /Indesign CS5

8/1/2012 3:48:00 AM

There was a change to the way OS X handles PDF, introduced in Snow Leopard, that changed (well, trashed) the standard Adobe Print to PDF workflow. You can find detailed information and the workaround on the InDesign Secrets blog here.

There is also an Adobe Tech Note on the subject.

In essence, the steps are:

  • Remove the Adobe PDF Printer in OS X System Preferences (happens automatically on update/upgrade of Acrobat from 9.0).

  • Use the "Save As Adobe PDF" option under "PDF" in the OS X print dialog.

To quote Adobe PDF expert Leonard Rosenthol (as quoted in Steve Werner's InDesign Secrets post, referenced above):

In a nutshell, Snow Leopard no longer supports the necessary OS features we need to install a Distiller-based printer. It’s just as well, as that print path (of PDF->PS->PDF) is REALLY SLOW and full of a HUGE number of bugs for many years now that we couldn’t fix due to how the Apple printing system works ?. With Snow Leopard, you now have a new PDF Workflow entry (the things in the “PDF” menu in the print dialog) called “Adobe PDF” which will convert the Apple-based PDF into an Adobe-based PDF using your supplied/chosen Job Options. It does so via native PDF transcoding – no Postscript here!! So we still provide a method for creation of Adobe-quality PDFs – but it’s FASTER and MORE reliable!

9/13/2012 9:45:00 PM