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Question: A co-worker and I are using Print Shop Deluxe to create a newsletter. But we’re having difficulties saving it in the format the printer needs. The printer requests a minimum 300 dpi. Print Shop properties show 600 dpi, but when the print shop receives it, it shows up at  96 dpi. The printer also requests the file as .pdf .eps or .tif. I can’t seem to find those options.

Does anyone have any suggestions?

Are other programs more compatible when using outside printers, such as Quark, Adobe, etc.? And do they have the capability to print newsletters? - Tanya in Denver


Adobe Illustrator is probably your best bet if you are going out to a professional printer. It will meet all of their requirements, but the learning curve is much steeper than the program you are using.

A quick fix to provide the newsletter in .pdf format, if you don't have Acrobat distiller or other Adobe pdf makers, is to download a free "pdf writer." Cute pdf is popular. Once you've downloaded the pdf writer, simply tell your document to print, like you normally would, but select the PDF writer instead of your default printer. This will convert the document to a .pdf.

Most outside print shops are using Adobe products. I actually just purchased Adobe's Creative Suite 3 Standard, which includes InDesign (for Documents), PhotoShop, Illustrator, and Acrobat Professional. I'm just getting started with it, but it appears to be really powerful. Adobe's products actually employ the extensions: .eps, .pdf, etc. .tif's are pretty universally used, but they, like .pdf, capture an image, and multiple pages can be tricky.

I'm not overly familiar with Print Shop, but you should be able to specify a "file type" in which to save your document. Sometimes, as with Microsoft Office, you will need to install the software's Add-ins to save in different formats.

Good luck!

I have been using Microsoft Publisher for several years now. I generate our church newsletter using this program and have very few difficulties. The program has templates you can use, or you can generate your own. Lot's of help available too.

Hope you find your answer.

I use Print Shop on a regular basis, and I found that Adobe Actobat is the best tool to convert your documents to a PDF file. You get quality documents which print fairly quick. You can also combine one file into Adobe as well by selecting a cluster of files from your hard drive drive, hit the right mouse button and convert them or combine them. It works great.

Good Luck...
Millie Moscoso

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