[texhax] Font size changed by Adobe Reader

Reinhard Kotucha reinhard.kotucha at web.de
Sat Mar 3 01:48:27 CET 2007

>>>>> "Rodolfo" == Rodolfo Medina <rodolfo.medina at gmail.com> writes:

  > Hi, all TeX users.  After running TeX (plain TeX), I convert dvi
  > into ps with:

  >  $ dvips file.dvi -o

  > , then ps into pdf with:

  >  $ ps2pdf file.ps

  > . Now, if I print the file.pdf using Linux all seems to go well;
  > instead, if I open the file through MS Windows and Adobe Reader
  > and then print it, I see that the font size is smaller: a 12pt
  > becomes 11pt or so.

  > Can anybody please suggest a possible solution?  I need using MS
  > Windows to print my files because I'm often out of home and then
  > apply to printing shops that only have MS Windows.

I assume that the font size is the same but the document is scaled
down so that you get bigger margins.  If not, run pdffonts in order to
find out whether some fonts are not embedded.  Non-embedded fonts are
always good for surprisingly results.

Did you set the paper size properly?  You can check with the program
pdfinfo.  pdfinfo should detect the paper type.  I get, for instance:

Page size:      595.276 x 841.89 pts (A4)

If this looks well, then you should get the same result at the
printing shop.  If pdfinfo mentions a wrong paper size, run texconfig.

However, ask people at the printing shop to check parameters in the AR
print dialogue box, especially section "Page Handling".  The parameter
"Page Scaling" should be set to "None" but I suppose that their
default is "Reduce to Printer Margins".  This should not make any
difference if the page size is set properly in the PDF file but "None"
is the safest value, though.

Even if you don't have a printer you can play with AR's print dialogue
box which has a small preview window telling you what AR assumes.


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