Preparing a PDF with Adobe Acrobat
You can import catalog pages or other marketing materials into Active Merchandiser™ using PDF files. PDFs are recommended, because they allow you to import several pages in a single operation. PDF files also provide the best results when customers use text terms for searching.
Some PDFs may contain elements that could cause anomalies when loading the file into Active Merchandiser such as transparencies, large layered images, etc. To remedy this, we suggest that users optimize their PDFs using Adobe Acrobat before importing.
Things to Check Before You Import
Please keep in mind that Active Merchandiser™ will create catalog pages directly from the files you import. If there are cut lines or other layout marks showing when you view your PDFs, these marks will be visible in your Active Merchandiser™ catalog pages. Please make corrections before attempting to load your PDF catalog.
Optimizing a PDF through Adobe Acrobat is one of the best ways to ensure that a PDF will be compatible with Active Merchandiser’s importer. To optimize, open the PDF in Adobe Acrobat and select Save As from the File menu. In the dropdown menu, select Save as Optimized PDF, the following dialog will ask which compatibility options you would like, please select:
- Make compatible with Acrobat 4.0 or later
- Images: Downsample color and greyscale image bicubic downsampling to 150‐225 and monochrome images from 300‐450
- Fonts: Embed all fonts
- Transparency: High Resolution presets
A Note About Upload Speed
On top of making the PDF easer to process, optimizing your PDF and compressing some of the more data heavy elements could result in a smaller file size resulting in a faster upload time. The benefits of optimizing are certainly enough to warrant the extra minute it takes for the initial conversion out of Adobe Acrobat.
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