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Subject:Re: Help needed: Word doc to PDF From:"Jo Francis Byrd" <jbyrd -at- byrdwrites -dot- com> To:"TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com> Date:Thu, 19 Sep 2002 10:36:34 -0500
This sounds similar to a problem I had awhile back (it's been well over a
year, I've slept once or twice since then, so I may not remember all the
details). I had to define the specific paper size in Acrobat.
We had a weird paper size defined for the Word doc (our printer would
duplex print, but not the special sized paper we needed, so we had the paper
defined as landscape with the appropriate margins, then had the printed
manual trimmed to size. Convoluted, but it worked, since we produced very
few hardcopy manuals and mostly distributed it via pdf), and it caused all
sorts of grief when we did the conversion to pdf. Creating a custom paper
size in Acrobat solved the problem, and it printed to the correct paper
size. At least onscreen it was the correct size.
Another thing you might check is the Print tab in Word's options dialog.
Uncheck the Allow A4/Letter paper resizing option.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Debby Wu" <DebbyWu -at- BenQ -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Sent: Wednesday, September 18, 2002 8:52 PM
Subject: Help needed: Word doc to PDF
> Hi all,
> I am new to the field and I am new to the list :-)
> I was quite excited when I first round the list, and I've been reading
> for about a couple of months now.
> The information is only too useful and the tips are great.
> Now, I've been having this problem which I need help from you experts.
> I am trying to turn a word doc into a PDF file with Acrobat Distiller 5.
> This word doc is not in A4 size (something much smaller), and I have
> adjusted the Distiller/PostScript Printer settings accordingly.
> However, no matter what I have done with Acrobat products, the word doc
> always comes out as a A4 size PDF file.
> I sent the doc for another writer for help, and obviously her Acrobat
> products were acting much nicer and did the job beautifully.
> Unfortunately we haven't been able to nail down exactly what settings
> can induce Acrobat to perfom this job correctly.
> Could someone give me a hand on this? Thanks a lot!!
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