So, it turns out that there’s PDF, and then there’s PDF, and to do the blurb PDF->blurb book thing, you need to take your book and crank out not just any old PDF, but specifically a PDF/X-3. (side note: if someone told me that a PDF/X-3 was in fact an experimental aircraft, I would believe them).
Now, InDesign will happily crank out PDF/X-3 format. Or at least, when I go to the ‘export’ panel on my mac, that’s one of the options I can pick. Of course, if you’re going to use InDesign, you have to pay the Adobe tax, both the fiscal one and the sort that raises your blood pressure every time you’re forced to contact Adobe Support. Anyone know anything about third party PDF software for Mac and Windows? Could you get by with just Adobe Acrobat and your handy-dandy word processor?
Far and away, most of the email I got about SoFoBoMo this year had to do with PDF’s. PDF’s that were too large. Trouble cranking out PDF’s. PDF’s from Windows. PDF’s from Macs.
What the world needs is a good summary of the options for cranking out PDF files for all platforms, but especially Mac and Windows, and especially ESPECIALLY Windows.
Any volunteers to lead such an effort?