The first time I did it, I didn't realize that UPS could work from a PDF file and I uploaded a Word doc.
My doc is formatted for 6-by-9-inch pages, and UPS printed 6-by-9-inch copy blocks anchored in the top-center of each 8.5-by-11-inch page.
Yesterday I uploaded a PDF, and was pleasantly surprised with the results for two reasons:
- When the Word doc was printed, certain visual images, including "drawn" elements and text box borders, shifted to the right. It was annoying, but not a deadly defect. When I submitted the PDF doc, everything was in its proper place.
- When I submitted the PDF doc, each page block expanded to fill the piece of paper. It was much easier to read the bigger print--and I found many errors that I had missed when reading the proof with smaller type.
At around 1 p.m. I received an email saying the job was ready. Since this was the third print job I had in four days, apparently I've become an important customer and am receiving super-special service. I really appreciate this.
OTOH, I'm pissed off that I did not think about using UPS for proofs before now. I could have saved hundreds of dollars and published books weeks sooner.
Oh well, live and learn.