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Installing the Adobe Acrobat or PDF Job Options File

Adobe Acrobat Distiller, and many other Adobe applications use preset job options files to quickly create PDF files. This file is simply a list of pre-selected settings that can be easily customized to create exactly the type of PDF you want. You just need to select the correct job option and you will get the correct PDF, first time, every time.

Acrobat job options files may be added a number if different ways and can be located in a number of different places depending upon your application versions and operating systems.

For help with making PDFs and with importing job options files into applications other than Acrobat Distiller (such as InDesign) please follow the links below.

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Adding Job Options Settings Using the Menu

The easiest way to add new job options files to Distiller is to  add them by using the menu. This method works exactly the same way whether you are using a Mac or a Windows PC. Simply follow these steps:

1. On the Distiller menu go to:

Settings > Add Adobe PDF Settings

Adding a new Adobe PDF Job Option settings file.

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2. Navigate to the Commercial_Printing.joboptions file and click OK.

The new settings should now be available.

Selecting the new Job Options setting. 

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Adding Job Options by Copying the Job Options Settings file

Another way to install these files is by simply copying them to the one of these locations. The locations vary depending upon your version of Distiller and there might be more than one place that you can put the file. The job options will become available immediately, you do not need to restart the application.

If you are running Mac OS X . . .

Acrobat 6

Users > Shared > Adobe PDF 6.0 > Settings

Macintosh OS X Adobe Acrobat 6 Job Options Settings location

Acrobat 7 or 8

Library > Application Support > Adobe PDF > Settings

Macintosh OS X Adobe Acrobat 7 or 8  Job Options Settings location

or you may also copy the files to this location . . .

Library > Application Support > Adobe > Adobe PDF > Settings

Macintosh OS X Adobe Acrobat 7 ot 8  alternate Job Options Settings location

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If you are running Windows . . .

Acrobat 4 and 5

Program Files > Adobe > Adobe Acrobat > Distiller > Settings

Windows Adobe Acrobat 4 or 5 Job Options Settings location

Acrobat 6

Documents and Settings > All Users > Shared Documents > Adobe PDF 6.0 > Settings

Windows Adobe Acrobat 6 Job Options Settings location

Acrobat 7

Documents and Settings > All Users > Shared Documents > Adobe PDF > Settings

Windows Adobe Acrobat 7 Job Options Settings location

or you may also copy the files to this location . . .

Program Files > Adobe > Acrobat 7.0 > Distillr > Settings

Windows Adobe Acrobat 7 alternate Job Options Settings location

Acrobat 8

Documents and Settings > All Users > Shared Documents > Adobe PDF > Settings

Windows Adobe Acrobat 8 Job Options Settings location

or you may also copy the file to this location . . .

Program Files > Adobe > Acrobat 8.0 > Acrobat > Settings

Windows Adobe Acrobat 8 alternate Job Options Settings location

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