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  • Erik Istrup Publishing

    Hi, G!

    Your Word document must be set up to 244 x 170 mm from which you generate the pdf file. (If you must have a 3 mm bleed, this must be added to the 244 x 170, which will give you 250 x 173 mm).

    Remember, that the pdf must be saved in PDF/X-1a:2001 format, which Word can't do (except if you have an older version like 2007 and Adobe Acrobat has installed a "Create PDF" tab in Word.

    You may also use Adobe Acrobat to save the pdf generated from Word to the PDF/X-1a:2001 format.

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  • Erik Istrup Publishing

    The tab in Word 2007 is called "Acrobat".

    How do you handle the cover if you download the template from IngramSpark in pdf?

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  • G Self

    Hi Erik, 

    Thank you for your comments.

    To your comment 1:Since I have a very complicate document, scaling it in the initial MS Word would be next to impossible. For example, I have tables occupying whole A4 page. If I simply change size of the page, this action cuts part of the table! Unless there is an option in Word, which I don't know.

    I just read on a page "InDesignSecrets" that it is possible to make a copy of . pdf in InDesign and scale it smaller using InDesign’s plug-in, Acrobat Pro DC. How feasible do you tthink is it?

    THank you.

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  • G Self

    Hi Erik, 

    Thank you for your comments.

    To your comment 2. I recieved the cover file from IngramSpark in InDesign format. My designer saved it in .png format and worked in Paint program. I don't have it in .pdf format yet, but hope in will not be a problem to convert.

    Nice info about Acrobat tab in Word 7. Although of course I doesn't have Word 7 at the moment. And would you say, the .pdf file created by Word 7 would be acceptable for IngramSpark?

    Thank you.

    Galina

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  • Erik Istrup Publishing

    If you don't want to edit the tables, I guess you must "print" to a PDF printer (software) and scale it here, so this pdf file will have the right size.

    I use InDesign to generate my pdfs. But if you want to use InDesign, you need to move/place your Word document into this programme and make it look 'right' before exporting it to a pdf file.

    I mentioned Word 2007, not Word 7. Using Word 2007 (or older) might work, since it is the Adobe 'plug-in' that is used to generate the PDF/X-1a:2001 format. You might also export the Word document to an ordinary pdf and then use Adobe Acrobat to save it in the PDF/X-1a:2001 format.

    So your designer will make/generate the cover in InDesign (because he/she downloaded it in that format and not in pdf). The cover image/graphics, used in the cover file, must be in tiff format with cmyk colors to be accepted.

     

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  • G Self

    Erik, thank you.

    I tried to "print" to .pdf format, when different smaller paper size was selected. Regretfully, MS Word creates an empty file in this case.

     

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  • Erik Istrup Publishing

    You should use the Print option in Word and then select a pdf printer. I have the following pdf printers on my system: Adobe PDF, Bullzip PDF Printer, Microsoft Print to PDF, ScanSoft PDF Create.

    If you can't print to a smaller size, you may try to first get it in A4 format and print/save the pdf from a pdf program which can generate the PDF/X-1a:2001 format.

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