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location of custom PDF job options file

Adobe Community Professional ,
Apr 09, 2018 Apr 09, 2018

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Apparently Adobe changed the location where custom PDF job options files are stored. Some years ago, under Mac OS, the files used to be in /Library/Application Support/Adobe/Adobe PDF/Settings, the issue is when we drop a custom job options file in this folder, InDesign and Illustrator will not read the file. Instead we we need to store the custom job options file to the new location /Users/zaidalhilali/Library/Application Support/Adobe/Adobe PDF.

I understood from a client that same changes were made to the location of custom PDF options files under Windows platform too.

Did Adobe announce these changes? Or, are the paths to the new storing location mentioned anywhere on Adobe site or perhaps on the "Adobe PDF Creation Settings"? I'm sure Offset printers, pre-press guys and designers do look for this information.

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Adobe Community Professional , Apr 09, 2018 Apr 09, 2018
Zaid,The location of the custom PDF job options changed quite a long time ago.In fact I wrote about it in an InDesignSecrets.com blog post in 2007!https://indesignsecrets.com/customizing-pdf-presets.phpLook down at the very end of the article:"One other technical note is that this location has changed for Acrobat 8 Professional (and presumably Adobe Creative Suite 3). The file format for the “.joboptions” file hasn’t changed, however. The default settings are stored in these locations:Macintosh:...

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LEGEND ,
Jul 06, 2018 Jul 06, 2018

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Sukc, Both Mac and Windows systems hide huge numbers of files. Adobe didn’t decide to do this. I suspect Apple and Microsoft found that beginning users would delete what they didn’t understand and break stuff. Certainly I’ve often had a conversation where the question “why did you delete that [vital file]?” is met with a response like “I didn’t know what it was for”. I particularly remember someone deleting a file called MAIL and then complaining that they couldn’t find their mail. Overall, the learning curve to find them may be preferable.

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Community Beginner ,
Jul 06, 2018 Jul 06, 2018

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Thanks for the kind reply, Test. I certainly understand the purpose of hiding files and/or folders that are not user-serviceable.

But this particular folder where customized pdf presets are kept shouldn't be one of them.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Jul 06, 2018 Jul 06, 2018

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Apple started hiding the user's library folder with Lion 10.8, I think the idea being an intermediate to advanced user would not have a problem learning how to reveal the folder, and it would prevent novices from inadvertently trashing needed files.

There is a security hierarchy of Library folders with the most secure being System/Library. You have to have admin privileges with a password to change Startup/Library. For the user library the only restriction is revealing the folder, which is relatively easy to do.

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Jul 06, 2018 Jul 06, 2018

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From my observations of how many users work with their software poorly, I think it's a very smart idea for Apple to implement a security hierarchy like that. Since Apple handles many customer issues in the Genius Bars of their own stores they have a very clear idea of what their customers can do.

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LEGEND ,
Jul 06, 2018 Jul 06, 2018

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I think Adobe are following Apple's recommendations, at least what they were recommending that week. Sometimes files get put in ~/Documents/applicationfolder but this vexes people who believe ~/Documents is only for the stuff they save. So developers end up using ~/Library/Application Support/applicationfolder. You'll find a great many files around there. 

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New Here ,
Mar 25, 2019 Mar 25, 2019

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Hi everyone,

I ask you a question even if it is not like the post of the post, but I did not understand how to open one.

Can anyone tell me why I no longer see the names of presets. Joboption in alphabetical order?

From a certain moment, both on the fixed MacPro and on the portable MacBookPro, I don't see them ordered, but in bulk ...

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Massimiliano

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Mar 25, 2019 Mar 25, 2019

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sampigiampi  wrote

…Can anyone tell me why I no longer see the names of presets. Joboption in alphabetical order?

Hi Massimiliano,

I suspect the cause is a bug in OSX Mojave.

Regards,
Uwe

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New Here ,
Mar 25, 2019 Mar 25, 2019

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I use OSX High Sierra...

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Mar 25, 2019 Mar 25, 2019

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Alright… 😉

Then the bug is with OSX High Sierra.

What's the exact version of your OS ?

Regards,
Uwe

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Mar 25, 2019 Mar 25, 2019

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sampigiampi  wrote

I use OSX High Sierra...

Hi sampigiampi ,

with my German version of InDesign CC 2019 on Windows 10 all PDF export presets are shown in alphabetically order.

So really, that's a specific OSX issue with a specific OSX version. E.g. I cannot see the issue with InDesign CC 2018.1 on OSX 10.11.6.

I'd search the web. Perhaps Apple has fixed this issue together with Adobe in a newer version.

Regards,
Uwe

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