[pdftex] Re: Problem with printing

Tom Kacvinsky tjk at ams.org
Mon Jul 23 18:43:19 CEST 2001

Most likely printing problems will not go away with Acrobat Reader 5.0, for
myriad reasons related to fonts.

We would need to see a problem file before we can make any assessment as to
why the file won't print.

You might want tp try xpdf's pdftops tool to make an EPS file from your PDF
graphics/files and then try printing.  I am not sure if there is a Mac port
of xpdf.  I ought to ping Tom Kiffe on this.


On Mon, 23 Jul 2001, Troy Goodson wrote:

> 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:
> >Hi,
> >
> >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.
> >
> >Thanh
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