Win9x: AdobePS 4.4 printer driver - problems related to text

Subject: Win9x: AdobePS 4.4 printer driver - problems related to text
From: Shlomo Perets <shlomo -at- microtype -dot- com>
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com
Date: Wed, 03 May 2000 10:15:50 +0100

Adobe's web site has a new universal Windows printer driver installer, which installs a new AdobePS 4.4 driver on Windows 9x; Adobe PS 5.1.2 on Windows NT (and a different driver for Windows 2000).

I recommend not to use the new AdobePS 4.4 printer driver (Win95/Win98) for PDF production. At least with the currently-available ATM 4.0, it is faulty. Stay with AdobePS 4.3.1, included in the Acrobat 4.05 CD (AdobePS 4.3.1 was removed from Adobe's web site).

FrameMaker 5.5.x (and possibly other releases):
Several common Adobe Type 1 fonts -- including Helvetica, Times, Avantgarde and Bookman - end up as MSTT31xxx fonts in the PDF. Text copied & pasted results in boxes; with other fonts you might have missing letters (mostly vowels, in some or all paragraphs). The Find function in the resulting PDFs will therefore become useless or unreliable.

Text using the "problem" fonts is transformed to a bitmap in the PDF, and the text is not even selectable (and not reported in Acrobat's Font Info dialog box).

I did not notice a similar problem when using Word97 in conjunction with the new driver.

If you install this driver, or if it will be installed automatically when installing an Adobe application, carefully inspect a few typical PDFs before adopting the driver for regular work.

Shlomo Perets

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