[pdftex] Re: Problem with printing
tjk at ams.org
Tue Jul 24 18:50:03 CEST 2001
I have sent to Troy a list of the tests I ran, and I have isolated the
printing problem. Since I did not tell him what the problem was, I will do
It appears that the number of saves (as in save/restore) allowed by the PS
spec was exceeded when printing the PDF file using the Macintosh print
drivers. What I did to get around this was to export the PDF file to a PS
file (thus bypassing the print driver's inclusion of one [or more] extra
saves), and then I printed the file using the Macintosh print queue management
software. No problems.
This was a PS error, not a problem with pdftex's PDF code. xpdf's pdftops
handled the PDF file just fine. I will look into why GS fails. It might
be a bug in GS.
On Tue, 24 Jul 2001, Troy Goodson wrote:
> 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 220.127.116.11) 3.14159-0.14h-released-20010417
> >> kpathsea version 18.104.22.168
> >> 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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