Issue: I do have big problems, creating Registration Marks in FM 2017.
This is my current procedure for creating Registration Marks (I rely on Matt's book.):
An attempt to improve:
I really love difficult functions, that don't work.
- Where are my Registration Marks? Where did I go wrong?
I'll let Matt address the other questions—since they pertain to his book—I will just address the last one.
The document paper size is defined at the beginning of the job. It is specified after selecting File > New > Document and can be modified later via Format > Page Layout > Page Size. In my example, I'll define a new document that is 6" x 9".
If you want to create a PDF with registration marks, you can just use File > Save as PDF. (Other ways to create a PDF work as well.) In much of the world, choose Western (Tombo is for Japanese and Chinese printers). Type in the paper size you are actually printing to—which must be larger that the paper sized defined for the document or the registration marks will not appear.
The resulting PDF.
Lothar, did Barb's response answer your question?
One thing not explicitly noted in your procedure: Use the Adobe PDF printer driver.
Confirm that choice for each FrameMaker session, or use the (free) Sundorne Communications - SetPrint utility to ensure this is your default print driver.
I believe you've done this, but others may not catch the nuance of your description.
For clarity, you first define the trim size of your document, and then define the sheet size to be printed upon.
If, after defining the sheet size you produce a PDF with your final trim size, try resetting the crop in Acrobat to your sheet size.
Also, in a previous career (circa 1992) I found that my marks appeared when printing on the larger sheet from Acrobat.
Please let me know if you still have issues with your marks.
Also, please note, that the "target" PDF paper size should be big enough to host the crop marks.
Note, that when you don't give enough space, the crop marks will not be visible at all or only partially visible.