How to Save Your PDF

PDF Tips

There are many ways to create a PDF file, but not all of them work well for professional printing. The way in which you create a PDF can dramatically alter the quality of your printing. For that reason, please refer to the following guidelines to ensure the best possible print quality. Click on the tabs in the left menu for your program of choice.

Save Your File with Exact PDF Specifications has an optional PDF job options file available for download. This .joboptions file is compatible only with Adobe Creative Suite programs and you will need Adobe Distiller to use this. With this job options file, PDFs will be created with exact print specifications for

Please note: This .joboptions file will only work if you have Adobe Distiller.

Download the .zip file here:

PDF '.joboptions' File For PC Format
ZIP (3kb)

PDF '.joboptions' File For Macintosh Format
ZIP (3kb)

Once you download the file, it will most likely need to be unzipped. Saving the unzipped file in the correct location is key, so then it will be available to you when you make your PDF in Adobe Creative Suite programs. Keep in mind that your system may be set up differently, but below are a few examples of where the file should be saved.

For Mac:

How to Instal Job Option on Mac

Move the "Smartpress-IGEN4.joboptions" to your Applications folder where the Adobe Folder is located. Make sure the file is located in the Adobe folder.

If this does not work, try this: 

[username]/Library/Application Support/Adobe/Adobe PDF/Settings

Not all systems are set up the same, and depending on the software versions, locations can vary slightly. 

For PC:

How to Instal Job Option on PC

Move the "Smartpress-IGEN4.joboptions" to Program Files folder where the Adobe Folder is located. Make sure the file is located in the Adobe folder.

If the above does not work, see the path below:

C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Shared Documents\Adobe PDF\Settings

Keep in mind that your system may be set up differently, you may need to try a few different folders. These are general suggestions.

Advantages to Using Specific Job Options

What exactly does this new .joboptions file do? This .joboptions file has predetermined presets for your PDF that make printing your file with easy. The crop marks, bleeds, output options, and compression are all defined for you. You will find this saving option in the PDF Preset dropdown.

Save PDF from InDesign with Job Options

Please Note: Keep in mind that this .joboptions file will only work in Adobe Creative Suite programs. Please reference Making a PDF in Word and Making a PDF in Publisher if you are using either of those.

PDF Guidelines

Here are more guidelines for making your PDF:

Other PDF Software

If you wish to attempt to create your PDF in some other product, please follow these guidelines as closely as possible:

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