PPD for InDesign 2021

Community Beginner ,
Feb 08, 2021 Feb 08, 2021

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I have been trying unsuccessfully to get the PPD to work with InDesign 2021. Not sure what I'm doing wrong or if it's not supported at all. My IT guy suggest I reach out to the community to see if anyone has any answers. I am running Mac OS 10.15.7 (Catalina). Thank you in advance!

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Adobe Community Professional , Feb 08, 2021 Feb 08, 2021

You’ll need to install it in the InDesign application folder. Quit ID and in the Presets folder make a folder named PPDs (name is case sensitive). Move the ADPDF9.PPD folder inside of the PPDs folder:

 

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Feb 08, 2021 Feb 08, 2021

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For what printer? Is the printer a Postscript printer? 

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I am trying to make a color separated file. I don't know the technological terms, but in InDesign I go to file > print > and the printer dialog box I choose printer > Postscript file and then the pull down for the PPD which was ADPDF9.PPD. I have the PPD installed in Library > Printers > PPDs folder.

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You’ll need to install it in the InDesign application folder. Quit ID and in the Presets folder make a folder named PPDs (name is case sensitive). Move the ADPDF9.PPD folder inside of the PPDs folder:

 

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That worked perfectly!! Thank you so very much for your time! 😉

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Please be aware that “color separated” PDF files are not supported by direct PDF export simply because that type of workflow is really a deprecated workflow practice from the late 1990s. No modern RIP/DFE and/or PDF workflow requires such pre-separation these days and in fact such PostScript=>PDF workflows often degrade output quality.

 

- Dov Isaacs, former Adobe Principal Scientist (April 30, 1990 - May 30, 2021)

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Thank you Dov. Unfortunately our equipment is that old and we still use that color separated process for our films.

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Dec 05, 2021 Dec 05, 2021

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@adding ppd to printers where did you get the PPD file? I don't seem to have one installed and can't find one anywhere! Same process as yours

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