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Oct 14, 2009 1:46 PM

PDF conversion and submission problems?

If you have PDF conversion and/or submission problems contact me. I can help. I had lots of problems and bought the proper software and advice to solve all the issues. Formatting, Images DPI, grayscales, MSWord conversions to PDF, reformatting and such. All my uploaded files were approved by CS the same day. The proofs looked stunning. I am sure I can help.

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1. Nov 12, 2009 12:50 PM in response to: SD26
Re: PDF conversion and submission problems?
I am new to this and need your advice as to what software to use just for writing a book and then converting the written text into PDF required by CS. Thanks.
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2. Nov 12, 2009 12:56 PM in response to: SD26
Re: PDF conversion and submission problems?
I would like to know about this software as well.
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3. Nov 12, 2009 12:59 PM in response to: nakasanakasha
Re: PDF conversion and submission problems?

Take a look at Build Your Book, 54 pages, PDF, free:

http://www.12on14.com/pages/createspace.htm

 

It goes from manuscript to book.  Although I prefer to write in Word, OpenOffice is almost identical to Word, it is free, and it does a good job converting documents from word processor to PDF.  http://www.openoffice.org

 

Walton

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4. Nov 16, 2009 8:19 PM in response to: SD26
Re: PDF conversion and submission problems?

I'd like some of your wisdom for my problem.  I wrote the book in Word and set it up in the format AI wanted for the final printing.  I then converted each page of the document in Word to a PDF and saved each PDF in a folder on my desktop.  How to I upload this folder, or it's contents, to the interior file?  I've tried to do the folder but nothing happens, and if I do one PDF I get an error message saying it's not enough pages and can't be done.

 

Thanks!

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5. Nov 17, 2009 12:04 AM in response to: harmonious1
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Your PDF file must be the complete manuscript, not individual pages. What you need to do is have all of your front matter as well as every page and any back matter as a single file prior to converting to a PDF. CS will ONLY accept a PDF file, not a folder and not multiple PDFs. Each one overwrites the previous one. Seal
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6. Nov 17, 2009 7:19 AM in response to: harmonious1
Re: PDF conversion and submission problems?

Some PDF converters/programs will permit you to combine PDF files into one, new, PDF file.  As Seal said, you cannot upload a bunch of PDFs in a folder.

 

Walton

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7. Nov 21, 2009 5:32 AM in response to: SD26
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i submitted my first proof using pdf 995 ( which has no options except black and white vs color and   graphics dpi)

and it was accepted without a glich....  i have numerous tiffs illustrations that are 300 dpi

 

now......  when i got back the proof..  i "improved my manuscript by   putting  text boxes around about thirty quotes of text and about ten of the tiff illustrations.......      when i submitted   it was rejected because......     check for embedded fonts and   make sure to collapse layering .....

 

did the text boxes mess up,   it that a layering process?

 

pdf edit...995   has other functions..... do i need something that will ensure embedded fonts, compression of layering etc..... the only thing i changed was added text boxes out of word  with a shadowing effect ... thanks in advance   jm

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8. Nov 22, 2009 9:30 PM in response to: streamdoctor
Re: PDF conversion and submission problems?

I use Adobe Illustrator for my book-

Lots of photos, lots of graphics, lots of layering.

You will need to flatten every page, then save as PDF-

(flattening can be tricky sometimes, I use "create Outlines" setting and preserve transparency)

then I use Adobe acrobat to combine the multiple pages into one PDF file.

Then Optimize (under advance)-

It's a lot of steps....but it is worth it to get the look you want.

Hope this helps!

 

 

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9. Nov 23, 2009 7:06 AM in response to: SD26
Re: PDF conversion and submission problems?
I need to convert mt file from a 8.5 by 11 format to a 6 by 9 format. The file exist in both word and as a pdf. Please advise.
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10. Nov 23, 2009 8:29 AM in response to: rashid
Re: PDF conversion and submission problems?

I think the best way to resize your book is to work in Word, where your manuscript is.  Work with a duplicate file.  Change the page size and margins on File>Page Setup. Then go through it page by page.  Make sure it reformatted the way you want.

 

Then, when you get it right, make a new PDF, with a new name.

 

Walton

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11. Nov 23, 2009 5:34 PM in response to: SD26
Re: PDF conversion and submission problems?

Thought I had everything under control, sent the PDFs for the interior and cover on Sunday, but on Monday morning the review said that the cover was fine but the interior had reversed page numbering (page 340, the last page, was shown as page 1), so I must re-submit.  Since this morning I've tried to create an appropriate PDF, but every time was unsuccessful.  A couple of times the PDF had only 3 or 4 pages.  Another few times the pages were still reversed.  And a third iteration omitted all the graphics.  Yoicks!

 

I tried changing the order of pages in two ways: first I re-set the page ordering to "reverse;"  then I unchecked "collate."

 

Okay, I may have forgotten the basics of PDF conversion, but here's my situation: 

 

I work on an iMac with OS 10.5.8.  Used Word for Mac 2008 throughout, and it worked well until it crashed a few times, so a MS tech suggested I save the file in the previous form of Word (97-04), which worked fine. Carefully inserted quite a few small black and white drawings throughout, in jpeg at 300 dpi and low quality.  Apparently o problem with the images.

 

Bought Adobe Acrobat at full price and installed it.  On a trial run with another file, it told me it was fine.

 

Please help me if you can!  I'm willing to try a few more times.  If that doesn't work, I'm willing to pay somebody to create the PDF.  I'm driving to a biggish city on Wed. where there is an Office Depot -- is that a good choice?  Thanks!!

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12. Nov 24, 2009 8:07 AM in response to: SD26
Re: PDF conversion and submission problems?

Hello again.  I wrote a long rambling post about my problem yesterday, but have solved some of my issues.  Now I can focus on the two remaining issues, namely:

 

--Reversed page numbering in the PDF (page 1 is named page 340, and vice versa), and

--Two PDFs created, the second overriding the first (337 in the first, 3 in the second) (and still reversed page numbering)

 

Can anyone help me?  Thanks!

 

(MS Word for Mac, Adobe Acrobat, pretty standard setup)

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13. Nov 28, 2009 12:48 PM in response to: SD26
Re: PDF conversion and submission problems?

Dear Helper,

 

I have a 128 page black and white graphic novel. I have a friend working on this for me. The interior files are so large that they won't shrink down to 300 dpi. My friend has tried to compress and bitmap the project and on our end it says 300dpi. When I submit the files createspace claim that the file are only 155 dpi. I don't think that bit mapping is the answer however, They say that they print using gray scale. When I go to color how the heck am I going to do this if my black and white pages don't even fit. I don't have a lot of money however I would be willing to pay you something of a pitance for the worth of a favor you would be doing me.

 

If you wish to contact me I would be greatful.

 

Kindest Regards,

Sparky1

 

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