[pdftex] Re: shrinked widths in PDFs

Adrian Heathcote adrian.heathcote at philosophy.usyd.edu.au
Fri Oct 17 15:12:48 CEST 2003

>> If I process this file using LaTeX -> dvips and print the
>> postscript result, I get a framebox that is exactelly 14cm
>> wide. Then if I convert it to pdf using ps2pdf, the box's width
>> is around 13 cm.
>> Using pdflatex, the output is also shrinked to 13 cm. Do you
>> know by chance why widths are shrinked in PDFs, and if there's a
>> way to avoid this?
> Do you use acroread to print PDF files?  There is an option
> "Fit to Page" or similar which probably fits A4 pages on letter paper.

Note that Acrobat Reader also shrinks an A4 page when printing to an A4 
page---if ``shrink oversized paper to paper size'' is checked. And it 
shrinks it by just the amount that you are noticing.

It is a logical anomaly that Adobe have persevered with.


Adrian Heathcote

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