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I have a user who is trying to print a PDF document to a HP LJ 4M printer and it is not printing the way it looks. The text loses its format. I have noticed that the version the pdf document was created in is older than the app that opened it. Any ideas?

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Does it print correctly when using a different program, such as IE or WORD? Does it print web page graphics correctly?
Are you using Reader 4.0? If yes, OR EVEN NO, to any of the above questions, you may want to try updating the printer drivers.There is a whole new line of drivers for that particular printer, for Windows Me, If thats what you are using. If not, then try finding the newest drivers for your operating system (AND WINMe TOO) from this link:
http://www.hp.com/cposupport/prodhome/lj4m.html

It could either be the program, or the printer drivers. If updating the drivers does not help, then try reinstalling Acrobat Reader, and if you don't have version 4.0, you may want to consider upgrading, however, I don't believe that would be the problem-- (Having an older version of Acrobat Reader).

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by Stillatit In reply to Acrobat Reader prints Gar ...

Acrobat prints in Postscript. If the 4M does not have Postscript enabled, or if it runs out of memory, or if, for some reason, the file does not begin with the magic string (%!PS-Adobe or something like that), you will get to see what the Postscriptprogram to display that page looks like. This could run 50 pages, and will certainly be totally useless. If the first page seems to show lines beginning with %% and with lots of curly-brackets {}, that is what you are looking at.

Things to try (Acrobat Reader Print panel):
Acrobat has the option to print in various levels of Postscript. Try level 1. Level 1 is the oldest. It uses more code, but if you have an old printer, that may be all it will take. An HP 4 is certainly not new enough to deal with Postscript level 3. Level 2 is a maybe.
If you have a different Postscript compatible printer, try printing to it.
Turn off fit to page. Let it try as-is.
Try printing a single page at a time.
Print to a file. This gives you a Postscript file. Copy that file to PRN from a dos prompt.

Good luck.

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by tbradley In reply to Acrobat Reader prints Gar ...

along with the excellent answer on postscript, even that may not work due to the creation properties of the document. You may want to try printing it as a graphic.

With the file open, under File-Print, select print as image.

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by larryhyman In reply to Acrobat Reader prints Gar ...

I have had that problem too, first of all in acrobat reader, goto the preferences and turn off USE GREEK TEXT BELOW 6 PIXELS. Next, while printing, you must goto the printer properties and choose the highest quality printing.

If that doen't work,you might have to identify the bad font and remove it from windows, this will force the reader to grab the next font (hopefully, it will be better).

As a last resort (or first choice) download the latest acrobat ready and install it.

Larry Hyman

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by Ramy Naguib In reply to Acrobat Reader prints Gar ...

Hi;
When you print (at the print screen) choose properties and make suer the resolution is 300 dpi.,Also choose drow fonts as a graphics but note thet this will consume a lot of the printer memory so choose to print small numbers of pages untill all the document is printed.
Good luck
Ramy

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