[pdftex] Re: Problem with printing

Troy Goodson Troy.D.Goodson at jpl.nasa.gov
Tue Jul 24 15:13:39 CEST 2001

I've made the file available at

I'll check-out xpdf's pdftops.

At 5:43 PM -0400 7/23/01, Tom Kacvinsky wrote:
>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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