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Real World Print Production with Adobe Creative Suite Applications by Claudia McCue

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Forensic Tools: What’s Wrong with This PDF?

Acrobat 9 Pro contains two great forensic tools: Output Preview and Preflight. The two tools take different approaches, because they’re meant to call attention to different problems.

Output Preview (Advanced > Print Production > Output Preview) takes a visual approach, selectively displaying content according to parameters you choose. You can highlight such elements as RGB images, spot-color content, overprinting elements, and rich black areas.

Some problems aren’t so easily found visually, which is where the Preflight tool comes in. The Preflight tool tests a PDF file against a preflight profile to determine problems. The preflight process then generates a report to tell you what’s wrong. A Preflight ...

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