7. If you want to modify any of the settings in the job option you selected
for the watched folder, click the Edit Settings button and modify the
settings as desired.
8. If you want to assign a password to the file or change the file permis-
sions, click the Edit Security button and assign these settings in the
Security dialog box.
(See the “Selecting security settings for the new PDF file” section, earlier
in this chapter, for details, and be sure to jot down your password and
store it in a safe place.)
9. To add another watched folder, click the Add Folder button again and
then repeat Steps 5 through 8.
10. By default, the Acrobat Distiller checks the watched folders you
define every ten seconds to see whether or not they contain a new
file to distill. To modify this interval (usually to lengthen it), click
inside the Check Watched Folders Every text box and enter the
number of seconds there.
11. By default, the Acrobat Distiller automatically moves all PostScript
files that it distills in your watched folders into a folder marked Out
(the PDF versions, however, remain in the watched folder). To have
the PostScript files deleted after they’re distilled, select the Deleted
option from the PostScript File Is drop-down list.
12. To have the Acrobat Distiller automatically clear processed files in the
watched folders that are so many days old, select the Delete Output
Files Older Than check box and then enter the number of days (10 by
default) in the Days text box.
13. After you finish adding watched folders and setting up their param-
eters, click OK.
The Watched Folders dialog box closes.
Note that watched folders are not designed to serve as the clearing house for
all of your PDF distilling across the entire corporate network. If your com-
pany needs to set up just such a clearing house, look into purchasing Adobe’s
Acrobat Distiller Server that is made for just that kind of bulk processing
using watched folders.
Making Acrobat Distiller your printer
You don’t have to launch the Acrobat Distiller in order to use it and its Adobe
PDF settings (including the custom Adobe PDF settings described earlier in
the “Making Adobe PDF settings of your very own” section) to distill your
PDF files. In fact, with certain application software, you don’t even need to
create a print-to-file PostScript or Encapsulated PostScript file in order to do
the distilling. All you have to do is select the Acrobat Distiller as your printer
in the program’s Print dialog box.
Part II: The Wealth of Ways for Creating PDF Files