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Adobe Acrobat 9 How-To #103: Converting Visio, InDesign, and Illustrator Documents

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Layered graphical documents are great business tools, but exporting them to PDF requires a little caution. Donna L. Baker discusses popular conversion options for Adobe Acrobat 9.

Layered Visio Files

Layers convert using the settings you choose in Visio's Layer Properties dialog box, such as visibility, locks, and names. In the Adobe PDF program menu, choose Adobe PDF > Convert all Pages in Drawing to include all layers, including the background. Select basic conversion options as with the other PDFMakers.

The Visio PDFMaker settings include options for embedded data. Choose Adobe PDF > Change Conversion Settings to display the Acrobat PDFMaker dialog box. In the Application Settings area on the General tab, look for options to include Visio properties, as well as how to manage objects without custom properties (see Figure 1).

Figure 1

Figure 1 Specify how to handle objects and their data in the dialog box.

The conversion process in Visio uses a multipanel PDFMaker. As you step through the PDFMaker, be sure to identify how you want to manage the exported layers. For ease of use in the exported PDF, consider grouping layers into layer sets.

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