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Old 09-22-2006, 05:50 PM   #1
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Default How to set up a PDF for final output?

I produce a magazine (usually 44 or 48 pages) in Quark 6.5 (PC). It's four-color with a full bleed, saddle stitched.

This afternoon the printer suggested that I send a press-optimized PDF instead of the native Quark files (we've been hitting snags when they open my Quark 6.5 files in Quark 7). I asked lots of questions about how to set up the PDF, but I forgot one important question. The printer is expecting me to upload the PDF this weekend so he can start working on it first thing Monday. I have no way of reaching anyone at the printing company over the weekend.

I didn't ask about page imposition. My Quark file is set up in spreads, so when I create the PDF (including bleed area and crop/registration marks), my PDF pages include a little vertical "slice" of the adjacent page image.

If I sent the printer this file, is he likely to have a fit and tell me he can't use it? This is a fairly large printing company, FWIW. And I have absolutely no idea if page imposition is (or even can be) done on the PDF. And I don't know exactly what their printing process is -- I seem to remember that they don't output film, but go direct to plate (not sure, though).

This PDF is enormous and will take several hours to upload, so if the printer can't use the file I upload this weekend, we will lose at least half a day on Monday while I fix the file (assuming I can) and upload a new PDF.

Any suggestions, taking into account that none of us know what the printer needs? Does anyone know if my PDF with the adjacent page "slices" will most likely be unusable?

If so, I'll probably upload the native Quark files, but that will also slow down the process (it takes them longer to process native files than to output from a PDF), and the job is already behind schedule.

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