As I’ve described in another blog Export Adobe PDF, if you’re using the print-oriented Adobe Creative Suite applications, you’ll probably use the Export Adobe PDF dialog box available in InDesign, Illustrator, and Photoshop. However, people use many different workflows for print, and some of them require using older RIPs or using InDesign’s Print Booklet feature. These workflows can require creating PostScript files for various paper sizes. Using the old Adobe PDF printer when creating a PostScript file allowed you to create a page of any size. Subsequently, you could use the Adobe Distiller application, still available with all Acrobat Pro versions, to turn the PostScript file into a PDF file.

However, in newer versions of Adobe Acrobat 9 and Acrobat X when using Mac OS X, the Adobe PDF printer has been removed, along with its PostScript Printer Description (PPD) file. Adobe says that this is because newer versions of Mac OS X (10.6 and later) have security requirements that make installing this impossible.

Here is a workaround for installing the Acrobat 9 PPD file in InDesign so you can use it to create a PostScript file:

  • Quit InDesign.
  • Navigate to /Applications/Adobe InDesign [version number]/Presets/
  • Within the Presets folder, create a folder called PPDs (the folder name is case sensitive).
  • Control-click the following link and choose Save Link As to download the Acrobat 9 PPD:

Acrobat 9 PPD

  • Place a copy of the downloaded PPD into the folder you created
  • Restart Adobe InDesign
  • Choose the printer as “Postscript file” and then PPD as “Adobe PDF 9.0” and make the Postscript file.


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