Re: wee problem printing from PDF... or is that TO PDF?

Subject: Re: wee problem printing from PDF... or is that TO PDF?
From: Margaret Cekis <margaret -dot- cekis -at- comcast -dot- net>
To: Kevin McLauchlan <Kevin -dot- McLauchlan -at- safenet-inc -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 5 Dec 2011 17:00:29 +0000 (UTC)

Kevin McLauchlan complained about a problem printing from PDF... or is that TO PDF?

I have a 40-page document, created in LibreOffice 3.4.3 on Windows 7.
The page size is 5.5 wide by 8.5-inches tall, which fits perfectly on 8.5x11 sheets when printed as a booklet.
I know this, because I've done it for years....the latest release of my Quick Start Guide was printing the wrong size. I tried. They were right.....the document now prints as a booklet, but with each page reduced to half size. That is, when I print from Acrobat with the Booklet option selected (Page Handling > Page Scaling > Booklet Printing, Acrobat places the pages in the right booklet-binding order, two-up on landscape 8.5x11 sheets, with everything fine except the 5.5x8.5 contents are shrunk (in their 5.5x8.5 space) to half height and half width, making each page rather lost in the middle of its already-small portion of the paper.
I've found that the newer versions of Acrobat hide (and take away your control) of the formerly 2-step print postscript and then distll-to-PDF process. It sounds like what's happening is that the automated process is re-reducing your 2-up landscape layout when you already have it formatted to the correct size for the layout. I'd do a test by blowing up your orininals to 8-1/2 x 11 pages, and then run the process. It should (might) format the booklet correctly to the original setup.

I know that the vast majority of users who are just making pdfs to send something interesting to someone else with an e-mail may be delighted with one-step PDF-ing, but when some of us who do want take advantage of the advanced features of Acrobat try to use them, we find that the key option selections we relied on using have been hidden and automated to make one-step PDF-ing more efficient. A pox on Adobe for ignoring its professional users!
Margaret Cekis, Johns Creek Ga

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