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Subject:RE: Distiller Y2K problem? From:Angela Hill <ahill -at- wwg -dot- com> To:"'CarolLee<carol -dot- lee -at- peerlogic -dot- com>'" <carol -dot- lee -at- peerlogic -dot- com>, "Twlist (E-mail)" <TECHWR-L -at- LISTS -dot- RAYCOMM -dot- COM> Date:Wed, 12 Jan 2000 09:09:17 -0800
I just noticed the very same problem yesterday. It looks to me like Acrobat
thinks the year is 19100 (nineteen-one hundred)--one more than 1999, of
course :-). I'm sure Lydia is right that upgrading to Acrobat 4.0 will take
care of the problem. I just wanted to let you know that you're not the only
one this is happening to!
Good luck and have fun,
ahill -at- wwg -dot- com
Subject: Distiller Y2K problem?
From: Carol Lee <carol -dot- lee -at- peerlogic -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 11 Jan 2000 16:28:50 -0600
Have any of you generated a PDF file since the new year? I'm
garbled dates for the Creation and Modified dates in the General
Information dialog (viewed from Exchange or Reader). My source file
Framemaker, but I get the same results distilling a Word file. I'd
appreciate any additional info or verification of the problem, or
tips on a
solution or workaround. Here's info about my environment and the
troubleshooting done so far if this issue interests you:
Distiller v3.0.2 (updated from v3.0.1 during troubleshooting)
PS Drivers: have tried HP LaserJet 4MP, Xerox DocuTech135 PS2, and
I've been to Adobe's Web site, read their Y2K statement (says they
the OS date and all products should work jes fine) and
various support documents. I've also checked the techwr-l archives
various other Internet resources. Some useful info and tips found,
none specific to this issue.
I'm getting pretty convinced that there is a Y2K problem with the
Distiller. It does seem to be getting the date from the OS....when
change the date format in the Regional Settings, I get different
dates shown in the PDF doc info dialog!!!
System Date Format Create/Mod Dates in PDF
If I set the system date to anything prior to 2000, such as December
1999, the Creation and Modified dates in the General Information
the PDF document info are correct.
I then generated the PostScript file using different PS drivers, and
at the PS code and the generated PDF code----the date appears
all the .ps files but garbled as above in the generated PDF files,
me indicates a problem with the Distiller rather than the PS driver.
I thought one workaround might be to specfy the doc info using
operators in the Frame source file to override the Distiller
I've been unsuccessful with that and am not sure what the problem is
this point. I upgraded to Distiller v3.0.2 because the Adobe Web
indicated that v3.0.1 had problems performing PDFmark operations in
larger than 128K (which mine is), but that didn't make any
Tried a couple of experiments (distilling with and without epilog
prolog, various pdfmark syntax changes based on different pdfmark
manuals and examples, ...) and it either distills but doesn't pick
of the info or generates an error. I am new to PDFmark, so if
verify whether this would provide a workaround, has a working
(Frame file with pdfmark info that correctly distills), or can
good reference book, I'd appreciate it.
In fact, I'd appreciate knowing whether any of you are experiencing
same problem or can generate PDFs that show the correct 2000
Modification dates. A writer in our Phoenix office tried on both
UNIX platforms and got the same garbled dates as me, so I don't
a user-error or specific to my environment, but there are many ways
to PDF! I tried email to Adobe and it doesn't appear they will
help other than through their toll-based phone support.
Thanks in advance for any help you can offer.
Carol Lee (formerly Kime)
carol -dot- lee -at- peerlogic -dot- com