A Trick for Printing Troublesome PDFs

One thing to try when a PDF won’t print is to select “Print As Image” in the Advanced section of the Print dialog box in Acrobat 6 and above. This fixes many problems when printing to printers and RIPs that use a “clone” of PostScript instead of licensed PostScript from Adobe.

One example of PDFs that cause problems are those created directly by Adobe InDesign, rather than processed through Distiller. When exporting a PDF, some versions of InDesign convert fonts to a “Double Byte CID” format that is not supported by many PostScript clones.