The second part of my series on automating commercial printing tasks using the Publisher 2003 object model is now live on MSDN. This time around, we discuss how to automate, customize, and extend prepress operations involved publication page setup, embedded and linked pictures, and design considerations.

This articles includes examples that use the Scripting Runtime library to manipulate files outside of the Publisher file that contains the VBA code; in this case, to perform preflight tasks on Publisher files found in a specified directory. This might be a good solution for commercial printers who don’t want to have to copy code into every Publisher file they preflight, but don’t want to go through the effort of turning their prepress automation routines in add-ins.

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