Last updated 11/3/2015
To create a CD that is cross-platform and can be read by a DOS, Windows, Macintosh, or Unix machine, Adobe
recommends using the Hybrid CD-ROM format and ISO 9660 filenames, thereby reducing costsfor disc mastering,
replication, production and inventory control.
Note: A hybrid CD-ROM must be created on a Macintosh in order to be truly cross-platform. By creating a CD-ROM
on Windows, for instance, the CD will not contain all the necessary elements a Macintosh system would need to read
files from the disk.
If you are creating a CD targeted at one platform, simply follow the naming conventions that apply only to that
platform. For example, some platforms allow the use of long file names and optional characters.
For more information on CD formats and filename conventions, refer to your CD recording software documentation.
Creation of the PDF Documents to Publish, Enhancing your Files
Acrobat 4.x and 5.x (full products) include all the necessary tools and software to create, enhance, and index PDF files.
Use Acrobat Distiller 4.x or 5.x, PDF Writer 4.x or 5.x, or PDFMaker components to create your PDF files, Acrobat 4.x
or 5.x to enhance and make changes to them, and Acrobat Catalog 4.x or 5.x to create a full-text, searchable index of
Improve navigation and online usability of your PDFdocuments by adding links, bookmarks, articles, thumbnails, and
buttons. Publishing collections of smallerPDF files with links between them instead of a few large filesimproves
searching. Users may want to include a full- text index that makes it easy to find information in a collection of
documents using the Search Query command.
NOTE: A Catalog index is for a single document collection and cannot span multiple CD-ROM archives. Each CD-
ROM is expected to contain its own index for the documents on that volume and cannot index files contained on
another CD-ROM, CD Tower, or other disk storage media.
If you plan to use Acrobat Catalog to create a searchable index for your PDF collection, Adobe recommends adding
Document Info to your PDF files prior to indexing. Document Info should be thought of as tags or labels for a PDF file,
and by using them the PDF can include identifiers for Title, Author, Subject, and Keywords (File > Document Info >
General in Acrobat 4.x, File>Document Properties>Summary in Acrobat 5.x). Acrobat Catalog (and many Web search
engines) use the Title, for instance, to describe the document in their search results list. If a PDF file does not have a
Title listed in the Document Info field, the search results will display either the PDF filename, "Unknown Title", or be
blank altogether. For this reason, it is good practice to add this Document Info to your PDF files prior to indexing with
Acrobat Catalog. A PDF Title can be descriptive and would not necessarily be the same as its filename.
Adobe recommends that after making changes or enhancements to your documents that all the PDF files are optimized
in their final state. You can check for optimization or Fast Web View by viewing the Document Info of any given file
(File > Document Info > General in Acrobat 4.x or File>Document Properties>Summary in Acrobat 5.x). Optimizing
PDF documents reduces their file size (in most cases), performs error checking, data organization, and removes any
repeated images in the file and replaces them with pointers to the first occurrences of those images.To optimize a single
PDF file you can perform a Save As in Acrobat 4.x and select the Optimize checkbox. An easier method for a PDF
collection would be to use the Batch Process feature in Acrobat 4.x (File > Batch Process), which the user can target to
a directory and allow the Acrobat program to optimize all the files within at once.
Likewise, the user can add Subject, Author, and Keywords to the PDF file. Catalog will index this Document Info and
allow the user to search upon these data fields explicitly. To do so, the user must enable the Acrobat Search tool
preference to Show Fields, thus allowing the user to search specifically for data within the Document Info rather than
merely searching the text in the document. This allows the creator of the PDF collection to group files accordingly, so
all documents with the same Author, Subject, or Keywords can be retrieved from the collection with ease.
Preparing your PDF Documents