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How do I get a high resolution pdf version of my pages document?

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godevil88 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Aug 17, 2011 1:01 PM

When exporting a pages document to the "best" version of PDF, the image is saved at a much lower resolution than what I need.  I have a 3.5 MB pages file that ends up converting to a PDF that ends up only at 268KB.  The quality just does not look professional at all.

  • Walt K Level 4 Level 4 (2,895 points)

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    Walt

  • PeterBreis0807 Level 7 Level 7 (27,270 points)

    If you print to pdf it will retain the image resolution except for areas which use transparency, such as shadows, reflections and less than 100% opacity.

     

    Transparent bitmap objects or vector objects overlapping bitmap objects are rendered at a default of only 72 dpi which is much too low for commercial print.

     

    There are ways around this but Pages is not really a Pro application.

     

    Peter

  • Level 8 Level 8 (41,760 points)

    Search with the keyword Abracadabra in existing threads.

     

    You will get the infos allowing to to install and use filters delivering 300 dpi documents.

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    It would be really surprising to see Apple trying to push us to buy Adobe's products.

     

    Yvan KOENIG (VALLAURIS, France) vendredi 19 août 2011 11:38:14

    iMac 21”5, i7, 2.8 GHz, 4 Gbytes, 1 Tbytes, mac OS X 10.6.8 and 10.7.0

    My iDisk is : <http://public.me.com/koenigyvan>


    Please : Search for questions similar to your own before submitting them to the community

     

    To be the AW6 successor, iWork MUST integrate a TRUE DB, not a list organizer !

  • Walt K Level 4 Level 4 (2,895 points)

    To achieve 300 dpi resolution in drop shadows, open the ColorSync utility Filters and duplicate the Create Generic PDFX-3 Document filter. In the copy, click on the arrow to the left to open the drop-down. Then click on the next arrow, Create PDF/X-3 Document. Enter 300 in each of the boxes labeled Resolution. Using this filter will give you 300 dpi resolution in drop shadows and other transparencies.

    Walt

  • Henrik Holmegaard Level 3 Level 3 (575 points)

    > To achieve 300 dpi resolution in drop shadows, open the ColorSync utility Filters and duplicate the Create Generic PDFX-3 Document filter. In the copy, click on the arrow to the left to open the drop-down. Then click on the next arrow, Create PDF/X-3 Document. Enter 300 in each of the boxes labeled Resolution. Using this filter will give you 300 dpi resolution in drop shadows and other transparencies.

     

    The ColorSync Utility will render at the resolution required by the enduser, but the caveat is that if the Generic PDF/X-3 filter is copied, the default resolution of that filter may not respect the change. If a new filter is created, the resolution required by the enduser is respected.

     

    /hh

  • 19t Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    in response to this solution i can only say, "wha?"  This may work, but it is way too complicated. 

     

    is there a newer solution to this since the time this thread occured?

     

    Thanks

  • Henrik Holmegaard Level 3 Level 3 (575 points)

    > is there a newer solution to this since the time this thread occured?

     

    It has been the case that if the PDF/X-3 filter was cloned, then the clone still carried the same 72dpi limit as the default. The way to get the resolution one requires was to build a PDF/X-3 filter from the bottom up.

     

    In order to set up the filter, you should have a working understanding of an ICC ColorWorld which is how you get to preview on your display or printer what the press will produce.

     

    Whether this is 'way too complicated' as you say, I wouldn't know. Someone on the ColorSync Users List amusingly compared this situation to bicycling. If the learner says, 'Oh, I'll fall off, I won't be able to keep my balance' then the learner will balk at hopping on a bike and begin pedalling away -:). The difference is simply that ICC ColorWorlds, like Unicode GlyphRuns, are thought of as exotic technologies the way bikes and cars were thought of a century ago. There's no particular reason that ColorWorlds and GlyphRuns aren't taught in school, except that lots of people say, 'This is way too complicated'.

     

    /hh

  • PeterBreis0807 Level 7 Level 7 (27,270 points)

    Henrik it is way too complicated because Apple has made it so and offered absolutely no guidance or documentation to expalin their actions. Not only that the process is buggy. I still can't get ColorSync to reliably accept name changes or changes to the settings.

     

    godevil88

     

    There is an Automator script available that may do the job for you:

     

    http://www.freeforum101.com/iworktipsntrick/viewtopic.php?t=22&mforum=iworktipsn trick

     

    Peter

  • Henrik Holmegaard Level 3 Level 3 (575 points)

    > Henrik it is way too complicated because Apple has made it so and offered absolutely no guidance or documentation to expalin their actions. Not only that the process is buggy. I still can't get ColorSync to reliably accept name changes or changes to the settings.

     

    I wouldn't disagree, nor would others. It is true of ColorSync as it is of TrueType (no pun intended) that the scientific inventions haven't turned into social innovations, partly because of the lack of educational effort, partly because of the lack of implementation in system level software itself.

     

    Is Microsoft doing any better than Apple? No. Witness the fact, for instance, that the Adobe OpenType Library, like the Adobe Type 1 Library, overwrites ISO-IEC 10646-Universal Coded Character Set (UCS). With better education and better implementation, there would be no market for this sort of thing.

     

    So, who is going to be doing the educating? Well, if you look at the country I live in, Denmark with a population of some 5.4m which is about the same as the population of city of Hamburg to the south, then Denmark lodged a Defect Report on ISO-IEC 10646:1993 because Danish Standards and the Danish Language Agency did not accept that in a connected world, universal character information cannot by definition specify character semantics without unique language and locale metainformation. If the locale for Danish were published by the Danish Language Agency, not only would it have to publish that it was wrong to start with, but the sale of non-conformant font software and non-conformant e-paper software would also stop, because endusers would understand that information input certainly does not equal information output. So what stops publication? Well, the largest corporation in Scandinavia until the mid-nineties was Østasiatisk Kompagni A/S (East Asiatic Company) which until 1994 sold Heidelberg printing presses through Heidelberg Eastern Inc from the Rockies to the Atlantic coast and until 1998 sold Heidelberg printing presses in the East Asian markets where the Adobe font model was known to be unworkable since Xerox started publishing the implications for RIP architectures of higher abstraction levels in font software and system software.

     

    As you know, the discussion within Apple 1988-1996 led to conflict, and almost to collapse. It is not the case that US capitalists are selling poor software to EU consumers; it is the case that EU consumers are driving the demand for the supply of poor software that lacks the abstraction levels for separating the realm of colourimetry information from the realm of imageable colourant, the realm of character information from the realm of imageable composition, and the realm of layout rendering order from the realm of logical reading order. Change takes time, although sometimes it seems that the time it takes is too long -:).

     

    /hh

  • Tom Gewecke Level 9 Level 9 (70,815 points)

    Henrik Holmegaard wrote:

     

    the Adobe OpenType Library... overwrites ISO-IEC 10646-Universal Coded Character Set (UCS).

     

    Could you give a specific concrete example of what you are referring to here?

  • Henrik Holmegaard Level 3 Level 3 (575 points)

    > Could you give a specific concrete example of what you are referring to here?

     

    You and I have been over this many, many times before. You can easily look up our past discussions where you will find bibliographic references and Universal Resource Identifiers.

     

    Best,

    Henrik

  • 19t Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks, Peter - This puts me on the right track. 

  • thedvguy Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks!

    this helped me tremendously.

    for me it was simple and quick.

    all I had to do was hit print, select save as PDF, and change the DPI to 300

    it's a magazine ad that I used to do in InDesign

    things were much simpler then... ha

    don't have access to the adobe products right now

    making due with Pages

    but, learning it can do a great deal

    thanks for the info

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