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.
Jeff Gamet is a contributing editor for Design Tools Monthly, the executive summary of graphic design news. He is also the morning editor and reviews editor for The Mac Observer and iPodObserver.com, and contributing writer for Layers Magazine and Photoshop User. He writes the InBrief column for InDesign Magazine, and is the author of “The Designer’s Guide to Mac OS X,” from Peachpit Press
When Jeff isn’t writing about the graphic design world, he’s talking about it on the Design Tools Weekly podcast with co-host Jay Nelson. He also talks about Apple and the Mac world every week on The Mac Observer’s Apple Weekly Report.
Jeff studies, tests and reviews new software and technologies for the Macintosh community as well as the design and print industries. He is a former Pre-press specialist, and has nearly 25 years experience with computer technology. Jeff trains, lectures and consults on techniques for more efficiently using Mac OS X in creative environments throughout the country.
In the rare moments when he can get away from his MacBook Pro, Jeff spends his time climbing and biking in the Colorado mountains.