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can a pdf be dismantled & exported into signlab please?

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Post Wed Oct 06, 2004 8:11 am

can a pdf be dismantled & exported into signlab please?

Hi guys,

I recently bought Adobe Acrobat 6.0 and i`m now using it to supply drafts to customers via e-mail.

I`m about to create and send a pdf of a lay-out design to a customer i don`t particularly trust.

Can anyone tell me if i can create a pdf file that cannot be dismantled and exported to signlab or any other sign making software?.

Or would i be better using a jpg?.
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Post Wed Oct 06, 2004 8:34 am

in preferences you can save it as rastor or vector, ie all my clients receive
web quality pdfs (rastor) they are no good to anybody but customer can view ok

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Post Wed Oct 06, 2004 8:39 am

Not sure on V6 but in V5 under Distiller settings - security. You can make it so it cannot print/edit or do anything other than display, I think you can even put passwords on them.
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Post Wed Oct 06, 2004 8:43 am

Thanks guys, just the info i require.

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Post Wed Oct 06, 2004 10:17 am

I generally save out as a good quality jpeg... perfect to see what the design looks like but ABSOLUTELY USELESS for anything else!! File sizes are also very small if done correctly, if that is a concern.
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Post Wed Oct 06, 2004 11:23 am

hi i had some pdfs the other day wanted a3 posters acrobsat alowed me to print it quality iffy at a4 i could not open them in anything except photo shop cs which even alowed me to set the resoluion shop 6 said there was a security code - have to say i bumbled through that one but got a result.
nice trick though they got 6 pdfs on to a floppy and i managed to get a3 posters at very good quality - the result says i did the right things but dont know why?

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Post Wed Oct 06, 2004 7:19 pm

How do you extract pdf's back to vectors with acrobat?
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Post Wed Oct 06, 2004 9:10 pm

If you mean, how do you convert a PDF into a vector using acrobat, you can't or don't need to.

If the PDF is saved as a bitmap, it cannot be converted directly into a vector using acrobat, or at least i don't think it can, please correct me if i'm wrong !
if it was saved as a vector, just change the extension from .pdf to .ai and it will open as a vector directly in illustrator or corel without opening acrobat.
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Post Thu Oct 07, 2004 7:00 am

Actually Lee, I don't think that you need to change the suffix.

It might be a Mac thing, but if I open a .pdf in Illustrator it just opens as normal and if the vector information is there I can use it.
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Post Thu Oct 07, 2004 8:43 am

Although a pdf can be opened, if you don't have the font it won't come over but if you have full Acrobat, the pdf can be saved as an eps (with fonts embedded - assuming they were to start with) import the eps into Corel Draw using the postscript interpreted filter - text to curves. In most cases you will get the letter shape and everything else that is vector will remain vector ready for cutting. Obviously the text is not editable.
I am a little surprised that Signlab has no pdf support in its latest release as pdf seems to be direction that the graphics industry is going.
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Post Thu Oct 07, 2004 11:28 am

johnchilds wrote:Actually Lee, I don't think that you need to change the suffix.


I stand corrected John, your perfectly right, tried it this morning on a Mac & PC, works on both.

Learn something every day on here !
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Post Mon Jan 24, 2005 8:19 am

you can lock up all your work all you wish.. But with a program called Jade.. a plugin for acrobate. you can extract all graphics for other useage..

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