RE: Printers

Subject: RE: Printers
From: Win Day <winday -at- home -dot- com>
To: "Brierley, Sean" <Sean -at- Quodata -dot- Com>
Date: Fri, 09 Jun 2000 20:59:52 -0400

At 10:23 AM 09/06/00 -0400, Brierley, Sean wrote:


HP's printer drivers, be they PCL, clonescript, or even true Adobe
PostScript, have nothing to do with distilling and creating PDFs. To do
this, you install a virtual printer: Adobe's PostScript printer driver plus
the Distiller PPD. Do not use any other printer driver to create your PDFs!

Not necessarily.

I've had problems using that printer driver when taking PDF files to a print house. Text on the drawings came out in random fonts, some readable and some not. And yes, I embedded the font (the drawings only used Arial, BTW, which shouldn't have been a problem in the first place!), and did all the other tricks the print house recommended.

Only when I used the PS driver for the specific Xerox printer on which they would be printed did the print output look the way it should.

Which defeats the purpose of PDF file, don't you think? If the only way to guarantee that the output will appear the way I intend it to appear is to use the printer driver, when creating the PS file for Distiller, that corresponds to the printer being used to print the file, how is that a portable format? I won't necessarily know what printer the users will have, nor will I create multiple versions of the PDF file!


Win Day
Technical Writer

mailto:winday -at- wordsplus -dot- net

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