Last updated 5/10/2016
• Give a PostScript file the same name as the original document, but with the extension .ps. (Some applications use a
.prn extension instead.)
• Use color and custom page sizes that are available with the Adobe Acrobat Distiller DC PPD file. Other PPD files
may cause inappropriate colors, fonts, or page sizes in the PDF.
• Send PostScript files as 8-bit binary data when using FTP to transfer the files between computers, especially if the
platforms are different. This action prevents converting line feeds to carriage returns or vice versa.
About watched folders (Acrobat Pro)
You can configure Distiller to look for PostScript files in certain folders called watched folders. Distiller can monitor
up to 100 watched folders. When Distiller finds a PostScript file located in the In folder of a watched folder, it converts
the file to PDF and then moves the PDF (and usually the PostScript file and any associated log file) to the Out folder.
A watched folder can have its own Adobe PDF settings and security settings that apply to all files processed from that
folder. Security settings for a watched folder take priority over the security settings for Distiller. For example, Distiller
does not convert a PostScript file in a watched folder if the file is marked with read-only permission.
(Windows) Settings and preferences are unique to each user. On a non-NT File System (NTFS), custom settings files
stored in this settings folder are read- and write-accessible by every user on the system. On an NTFS, only files created
by respective users are read- and write-accessible. Settings files created by other users are read-only. (The default
settings files installed with Adobe Acrobat Distiller DC are Read Only and Hidden.)
(Mac OS) Each user’s settings and preferences for Distiller are normally not accessible to any other user. To share a
watched folder with other users, the creator of the folder must set the appropriate permissions for the In and Out
folders. Sharing enables other users to copy files to the In folder and get files from the Out folder. The creator must be
logged into the system and have Distiller running. The other users must log in remotely to open the live watched folder
and have their files processed.
Note: You can’t set up watched folders as a network service for other users. Every user who creates PDFs must have an
Acrobat Pro license.
Set watched folders (Acrobat Pro)
1 In Acrobat Distiller DC, choose Settings > Watched Folders.
2 Click Add Folder, and select the target folder. Distiller automatically puts an In folder and an Out folder in the target
folder. You can place In and Out folders at any level of a disk drive.
3 To define security options for a folder, select the folder and click Edit Security. Click OK to return to the Watched
Folders dialog box.
Note: A security icon is prepended to any folder name for which security is set. To return a folder to the original options
selected in the Distiller window, select the folder, and click Clear Security.
4 Set Adobe PDF conversion settings for the folders:
• To edit the Adobe PDF settings to be applied to a folder, select the folder, click Edit Settings, and edit the Adobe
PDF settings. Click OK to save it to the watched folder as folder.joboptions.
• To use a different set of Adobe PDF settings, select the folder and click Load Settings. Use any settings that you
have defined, named, and saved, and then click OK.
5 Set options to manage the processing of files:
• Enter a number of seconds to specify how often to check the folders. You can enter up to 9999. (For example, 120
equals 2 minutes, and 9999 equals about 2-3/4 hours.)