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Making PDFs with Bleed

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Can PDFs be made in FM6 (OSX Jaguar) with colour that bleeds to the edges of the page?

The PDF output uses minimum margins set by the printer driver and I cannot overide them. Is there a driver available perhaps that allows this or is there a known workaround? [email protected]

Would be very grateful for suggestions.

FileMaker Version: 6

Platform: Mac OS X Jaguar

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We face this in printing prepress operations all the time. The trick is to use a definable (read POSTSCRIPT) printer driver and define a custom page and margins. The Adobe PDF (built-in) or any Laserwriter PPD. Create a new printer and select the PPD of choice. Then describe a new custom page size and select it in Page Setup. This should work.

Good luck.

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You need to select a postscript printer in printer setup utility.

(You don't actually have to have one)

Select IP printing as the connection type.

Set IP to

Set Queue to "AnyName" - No spaces

Set printer model to "Generic"

Click "Add"

Select the new printer in the Printer list.

- Click "Show Info" - IF it says "generic" and not "Generic Postscript" then in the next window select "Apply Changes"

Now go back to any application i.e. FMP

Select Page Setup:


Select "Settings: Page Attributes" and change to Custom Page Size.

Click "New" - then IMMEDIATELY type the name of this page size ie 9x12 etc. (no spaces - you won't be able to go back and change it.)

Then select a page height and size and margin.

The margin can be zero. (You can generate a special" 8.5x11nm" page size with no margins if you want to.)


Leave "Format for: Any Printer" AS IS. <- Important.

Select "Paper Size:" to your new page size.

Close Page Setup.

Select "Print"

Select "Printer: AnyName" which you created.

Select "Presets:Standard"

Click the "Preview" image button in the lower left of your print dialogue box and then the "Preview" application should opento your newly printed document.

Save as PDF.

PS - There is currently an issue in 10.x with printer options so if you DON'T use Apple's "Preview" application and use the Acrobat PDF driver or eps or something else you may get unexpected results.



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