RE: Visio to PDF Printing problem

Subject: RE: Visio to PDF Printing problem
From: "Robert Plamondon" <robert -at- plamondon -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 25 Apr 2003 07:28:56 -0700

I can think of four different places to address the problem:

1. Defining it away. Large-format paper is a terrific inconvenience from
start to finish, and especially for end-users who get the PDF and don't have
a fancy departmental printer with a zillion paper trays. I try to avoid
large paper sizes.

2. At the Printer menu in Windows. Tell Windows that there is a Legal-sized
tray installed in the printer, whether there is or not, and the applications
(Visio, Distiller) should obediently generate Legal-sized pages when asked.

3. At the PPD file level. Use the Adobe Generic PostScript driver and the
correct PPD file for your printer, except that you should edit it to
hard-wire the existence of the Legal tray. This is a nuisance, but it should
work in cases where #2 fails because the usual Windows driver disbelieves in
the possibility of a Legal-sized tray option.

4. When all else fails, crop offending pages individually in Acrobat
(Document->Crop Pages).

-- Robert
Robert Plamondon
President, High-Tech Technical Writing
robert -at- plamondon -dot- com
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