[pdftex] Re: Problem with printing

Troy Goodson Troy.D.Goodson at jpl.nasa.gov
Mon Jul 23 15:25:35 CEST 2001

I recently made a pdf with pdfLaTeX and some colleagues tried to 
print it with Adobe Acrobat Reader 4.05 on the Mac, which failed.  I 
believe this is due to the problem described below.  I suspect that I 
can ask them to upgrade to Acrobat Reader v5 and the problem will go 
away, but is there a workaround on my end?

I thought I'd convert my embedded PDF graphics to EPS and use regular 
LaTeX, but for some reason that's not working.  I run pdf2ps followed 
by ps2epsi and I get "Error: /rangecheck in --.getbitsrect--"

Any other ideas on obtaining a PDF compatible with Reader v4.05 ?
   --or-- on converting my PDF graphics to EPS?

localhost% pdflatex --version
pdfTeX (Web2C 3.14159-0.14h-released-20010417
kpathsea version
Copyright (C) 1999 Han The Thanh, Petr Sojka, and Jiri Zlatuska.
Kpathsea is copyright (C) 1999 Free Software Foundation, Inc.
There is NO warranty.  Redistribution of this software is
covered by the terms of both the pdfTeX copyright and
the GNU General Public License.
For more information about these matters, see the files
named COPYING and the pdfTeX source.
Primary author of pdfTeX: Han The Thanh, Petr Sojka, and Jiri Zlatuska.
Kpathsea written by Karl Berry and others.

At 8:39 AM +0100 12/2/98, Han The Thanh wrote:
>there is a problem with printing document containing included PDF 
>pictures. This problem has been known, and in fact this is a bug of 
>gv and Acrobat Reader (Acrobat Reader can display, but cannot 
>print). Here is a part from discussion with the author of xpdf:
>>  | In PDF 1.0 and 1.1, all named resources used in the form must be
>>  | included in the  Resources dictionary of each Page object on which the
>>  | form appears, regardless of  whether or not they also appear in the
>>  | Resources dictionary of the form.
>>  It goes on to say that in PDF 1.2, form resources can be independent of
>>  the page.
>>  > However, having done some testing, it seems that when Form resources
>>  > are not included in Page resources, AcroReader displays it well
>>  > but printing fails. GS fails to display PDF as well as PS produced by
>>  > printing from AcroReader.
>>  Hm, sounds like Adobe can't even keep up with their own standards :-)
>I am trying to work around this problem.

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