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Old 02-08-2007, 10:58 AM   #1
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Grrrr, Aggrobrat!!
Here's a warning: Aggro Pro 7 has a TouchUp tool (oo-er, missus). Click on it, select all, and you find you can shove the whole document about if you need to. Ah, but no! This occasionally results in items either not moving, or disappearing completely (especially little teeny-weeny important bits that you don't notice).

If you really have to move the whole document, always bite the bullet and do it properly: place the file in an InDesign document, then move the frame. Takes a bit longer, but then you won't have to reprint the whole damn job!

I really ought to give this up and live on a Greek island...

   
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Do you have pitstop? With pitstop you can select all on the page and then nudge them around 1 point at a time, just like in Illustrator. Pitstop is pretty much essential if you want to do a lot of pdf manipulation. With pitstop you can move stuff about by numbers if you prefer.
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Old 02-09-2007, 10:25 AM   #3
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I mucked about with PitStop until the trial period ended, but felt I couldn't justify the price tag.

Typical things I'd like to be able to do with clients' press PDFs:
1. Enlarge the document a bit and add crop marks (duh!)
2. Convert something to a spot colour (eg, black to gloss varnish)
3. Convert text to outlines

   
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I mucked about with PitStop until the trial period ended, but felt I couldn't justify the price tag.

Typical things I'd like to be able to do with clients' press PDFs:
1. Enlarge the document a bit and add crop marks (duh!)
2. Convert something to a spot colour (eg, black to gloss varnish)
3. Convert text to outlines
Hmmm, pitstop does all that and more. How much is pitstop in your neck of the woods? I believe Acrobat 8 will have a lot more pitstop-like tools.
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Old 02-09-2007, 02:42 PM   #5
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Roary
Robin should have number 1) - send the file back and get it sorted -
but he's old enough to know that :-)
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are u aware of this group http://www.gwg.org/siteen/index.php
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Old 02-11-2007, 11:47 AM   #6
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Peter's right of course, and sending it back with a flea in its ear is the usual thing I do. But when the job's a rush and I can't get the designer quickly, I'd like to be able to do more with the PDFs myself (and charge a little extra for it, of course).

PitStop Pro costs over £450, which is a huge price and would take me years to recoup in artworking charges. And, as you say, Acrobat 8 is rumoured to have more prepress features.

   
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Isnt easier to ask for the source doc instead
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Yes it is, Peter, some of the time!

   
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