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Old 02-16-2010, 11:12 AM   #1
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Default How to inspect PDF content

Does anyone know of a tool that exposes the details of objects inside a PDF? For example: colors used, image types, fonts. I don't want to make changes. I just want to know what Distiller is producing.
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Old 02-16-2010, 01:18 PM   #2
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In Reader, if you go to File > Properties you can see a lot of info--fonts, size, creator and other stuff--not sure if that will show you all the stuff you are looking for. I would guess that Acrobat would allow you to see everything...

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One would think Acrobat would reveal such information. If it does, I have been too lame to find out where. Using CS3, aka Acrobat 8. There is an Object tool that will let me move an item around the page, but not tell me its detailed properties.
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Old 02-16-2010, 01:30 PM   #4
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You can inspect the colour breakdown of an object in Acrobat in the Advanced menu; you can see what fonts are used, whether and how they are embedded File > Document Properties > Fonts).

You can always open the PDF in Illustrator.

Can I ask what your high-end goal is? i.e. why do you want to know this info?
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Old 02-16-2010, 11:59 PM   #5
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If it isn't a compiled file, you can glean info from looking at the PDF in a text editor - very laborious though.
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Old 02-17-2010, 12:36 PM   #6
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I'd use Aggrobrat Pro:

1. Check the file properties
You can see which fonts are used and how large the page is.

2. Then look at output preview
check for RGB and spot color elements, make sure that things which should be pure black really are (and whether they overprint correctly), look for daftness like overprinted white objects. Check for total ink coverage, too.

3. Use the preflight
this will warn about unembedded fonts and other iffy matters.
You can tweak the preflight rules to make up your own. I called mine the RPM Rules, then amended it to (of course) RPM Rules OK!

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