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Adobe LOSES functionality with upgrade to 6.0?

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I have just installed Acrobat 6 - and noticed that the PDFWriter is not only no longer installed - but has been eliminated.  No problem, I printed a document to the Adobe PDF printer, named it when the dialog box came up, and - voila! - it printed to pdf just like the pdfwriter.  Now I am trying to discover how to name the file before writing to it so that it doesn't have the dialog box.  In the PDFWriter, it was just a registry entry for pdffilename.  What and where is the entry that will do it for the Adobe PDF printer?

Stephen Phebus
phebs@markross.com
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by:Karl Heinz Kremer
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The Distiller printer can be automated, but it's not as straight forward as just setting a registry setting. Are you trying to do this from within a program? If so, you should take a look at the "Distiller API Reference". This document is part of the Acrobat SDK, which unfortunately in version 6 is only available to ASN members. You can however still download the Acrobat 5 SDK. You are still able to use the Acrobat 5 version of this document: http://partners.adobe.com/asn/acrobat/download.jsp#fullinstall (You need a free Adobe web account to download this file).
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Sorry that I wasn't clear the first time. I am not using the Distiller printer.

I have been using VB6 to create specialty reports from flat files (reading & writing records from a variety of sources.) These reports are generally written from VB with the printer.print command after setting the PDFWriter to be the current printer and setting the pdffilename so the Save As dialog box does not appear.  The distiller is not involved with this procedure. The distiller printer is not installed on my system (XP) but the new Adobe PDF (as a printer) is installed, as well as the Distiller program (which is not running during this event).  I can set my printer to 'Adobe PDF' and print to it, just like the PDFWriter, but the dialog box appears.  This is why I am confused as to why you are talking about the Distiller printer.
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The "Adobe PDF" printer is what used to be the "Distiller Printer", Adobe just renamed it. When you print to the Adobe PDF printer, you are first generating a PostScript file, that is then fed to Distiller to create the PDF.

To automate Distiller, you need to first create a PostScript file (how this is done depends on the application you are using) by setting "print to file" before you actually send the job. In the second step, you would then take the PS file and manually call Distiller.
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