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To: Mary Sutton <MSutton@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Subject: Re: Framemaker 7.1 with Acrobat 5
From: Shlomo Perets <shlomo2@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Mon, 12 Jan 2004 09:40:09 +0200
> I've tried to find the previous discussion, but my computer keeps locking > up. What's the short version of why you shouldn't save to PDF?
My message from July 23 is pasted below. Problems with inconsistent layout are common when using Save as PDF where a non-PostScript printer is the default printer driver. To see the problem on your Windows system, you can visit hp.com and download a printer driver such as the HP2200 http://h20000.www2.hp.com/bizsupport/TechSupport/DriverDownload.jsp?pnameOID=28868&locale=en_US&taskId=135&prodSeriesId=28861&prodTypeId=18972 and then test impact on line breaks when switching between the Distiller printer driver and the HP non-PostScript printer (a link to a sample file is in my message, but the problem is likely to appear with other fonts -- regardless of "printer-resident fonts").
Notice that Distiller 6.0.x does not display warnings relating to missing internal named destinations, this is done only by earlier Distiller versions. [The use of a PDF Link Checker is recommended in all cases, with or without the Save as PDF function].
Major errors which even prevent the creation of PDF are not brought to your attention when using "Save as PDF" -- you will simply find sometime later that this PDF is missing. To reproduce such a critical error, add a "message openfile xyz.txt" hypertext marker and have "Tagged PDF" turned on. This applies to FM6.0, FM7.0 (and I would be surprised if it does not apply to FM7.1).
With many PDFs you see on the web or coupled with products, you cannot avoid the impression that the PDFs were not really inspected (or even opened) after being created [unfortunately, several of Adobe's PDFs included with FrameMaker 6/7 are in this category] -- so it may be the case that layout problems are common but not identified.
Date: Wed, 23 Jul 2003 13:25:10 +0200 To: Framers@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx From: Shlomo Perets <shlomo2@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> Subject: Re: Acrobat 6 / FM7 bug
With respect to issues raised in previous messages:
In my experience and opinion, the Distiller Printer Driver is a requirement for consistent PDF output, which matches the FrameMaker document appearance.
It is essential to have this driver selected as the current one when producing .ps or saving as PDF, as line breaks may differ when switching from/to different printer drivers. This may happen regardless of drivers which activate printer-resident fonts.
http://www.microtype.com/resources/PrinterDriver-LineBreaks.zip (65K) has a FrameMaker document saved as 6.0, with a few lines that are split differently when different drivers are activated (File > Print Setup). The file also includes screen captures demonstrating the different results when selecting Distiller Printer (AdobePS 5.2+Adist5.ppd) or HP LaserJet 2200 Series PCL6 - in the same Windows 2000 system. Due to the change in line breaks, the single-page document becomes 2 pages long in the PCL version. I verified this under Windows XP as well. Since asking for feedback as to the experience of others with this, I received reports indicating similar changes with some other drivers. [ The fonts used in this example are Minion Condensed Bold (Type 1) & Arial Narrow Bold (TrueType), and they are not resident in the printer. The screen captures indicate a different handling of pair kerning data. ]
The Save as PDF function does not alert to any change in layout (which is why I recommended having the Distiller Printer active when finalizing layout).
With fixed-size text frames and table rows, changes in line breaks may also cause text to disappear from the PDF output (if, for example, you have 3 lines instead of 2 lines where the frame/row has only space for 2 lines).
Even though the Save as PDF function in FrameMaker 7.0 is improved compared to previous versions, I still avoid it (even with the Distiller printer driver as the default) -- as I want to be able to see Distiller warnings/error messages (such as Distiller warnings relating to missing named destinations). FrameMaker is not aware of these. In fact, it does not even know whether the PDF was created at all.
Having an easy-to-use "one-button PDF creation" does not mean much, in my opinion, if you don't have a 100.0% consistent output with all office printer drivers that may be used for paper output, together with indication of problems in the process, if any.
MicroType * http://www.microtype.com
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