QUICK TRICK: PDF Export Presets for Adobe InDesign

Exporting to a PDF seems like it should be the easiest part of the design process, but one little checked-box can throw off your PDF settings, and cause a lot of frustration.

To solve the problem I have created a PDF preset file for InDesign that you can quickly download and use every time you want to publish to MagCloud.

The process is very simple, and it works for a Mac or PC.
Just follow these four steps.


1. DOWNLOAD the MagCloud PDF Export Job Options file (note you may need to ctrl+click or right click and save this file)

2. Install the Preset:
Within InDesign, go to FILE>> Adobe PDF Presets>> Define >> “Load” >> Find and Select the file you downloaded called “MagCloud_PDF_Export” >> Click “Done.”

3. To use these imported settings, with your file open in InDesign, Select FILE >> PDF Presets >> “Adobe PDF Preset for MagCloud”

4. Name and Save your PDF and you are ready to publish!

*Note, the preset will only work properly if you have set your document up perfectly from the start. To be sure you have your document settings adjusted properly, go to the InDesign Help Section on MagCloud.

11 thoughts on “QUICK TRICK: PDF Export Presets for Adobe InDesign

  1. Ronald Kalstein 22 Jan 2011 / 4:56 PM

    WHen I click on the link for the pdf preset, it goes to this error:
    “Account Error: Inactive”

    please advise,


    • Lauren 23 Jan 2011 / 2:05 PM

      Hi Ron,
      Sorry for the technical difficulties. It should be working now!
      Thanks for letting us know.

  2. Charles Berger 23 Mar 2011 / 7:25 PM

    When I (several times) download ( I’m on an Intel iMac) I get an error message that Adoble Reader 9.4.3 can’t read the file or it was damaged in transmission” when I try to open it. Suggestion?

    • Lauren 24 Mar 2011 / 8:46 AM

      Hi Charles,
      I just tried messaging you directly, so hopefully we can get this solved ASAP.

  3. Cindy 19 Sep 2011 / 11:51 AM

    It appears that the link to download the preset is broken.

    • Lauren 14 Nov 2011 / 1:54 PM

      Hi Cindy,

      With some web browsers you may need to control+”click” or right-click to start the download.


  4. Oleh Melnyk 13 May 2017 / 6:48 AM

    link for .joboptions file is broken, again!

  5. Jamie 11 Aug 2019 / 6:46 PM

    The link for the file is broken. Can you please let me know when it’s fixed? Thanks

  6. Anthony 15 Jan 2020 / 11:11 AM

    Link is broken!

  7. Anonymous 24 Oct 2020 / 7:21 AM

    Link is broken

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