Notes on PDF proofs

PDF (portable document format) files are self-contained documents for viewing on screen and for printing. They contain all appropriate formatting and all fonts, so that the correct result will be shown on screen and on the printout from your local printer.

To view and print your article you will need Acrobat Reader from Adobe. This program is available for free and can be downloaded from the manufacturer:
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Please note that this reader is available for a whole series of platforms which include PC, Mac, and Unix.

When preparing the PDF for emailing we will have optimized the size of the file in order to make it transmittable. This means that images may not appear in this PDF at their final resolution. The image files are not affected and the final print quality of the book will also not be affected. We do this in order to make this file of a sensible size to be able to email to you.

There are a number of points that you need to take into account.

  • Any (grey) halftones (photographs, micrographs, etc.) are best viewed on screen, for which they are optimized, and your local printer may not be able to output the greys correctly.
  • If your proof has any artwork in colour, it should be displayed as such in this PDF proof. If you are unable to see any colour artwork, please check that the Display large images tickbox under File > Preferences > General... is ticked. If you are still unable to view your artwork correctly, please contact us immediately.
  • If the PDF files contain colour images, and if you do have a local colour printer available, then it will be likely that you will not be able to correctly reproduce the colours on it, as local variations can occur.
  • If you print the PDF file attached, and notice some 'non-standard' output, please check if the problem is also present on screen. If the correct printer driver for your printer is not installed on your PC, the printed output will be distorted.

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