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Printing PDF file is extremely slow

I am printing a 7 MB PDF file to a HP LaserJet 5Si printer and it takes forever.  It will probably take 1-2 days to print the entire file, so I have stopped trying to do it.

I have tried reducing the printer resolution to 300 dpi but it didn't help much.

What can I do ?

I don't care if I get the document out in a lower resolution or without images.
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Karl Heinz KremerCommented:
Which version of Acrobat/Reader are you using? How many pages do you have in this document? Do other documents print faster? How fast is your computer? What is "Print as Image" set to (this is a setting on the Acrobat print dialog, it depends on the version where you would find this)?
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ClausAuthor Commented:
I've tried with both version 4.0 and 6.0 of Adobe Acrobat.  Both are installed on my PC.
The document contains 64 pages.
All other documents print fast as they should on a HP Laserjet printer. We have never had the problem with other PDF documents before either.
My PC is quite new (1 year old) with a recent CPU and plenty of RAM and harddisk space. So it should be fast enough.
The "Print as Image" setting is greyed out and cannot be set (in 6.0).
Under 4.0 it was turned off.   I just tried turning it on and tried printing again but it doesn't seem to change anything.


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Karl Heinz KremerCommented:
If other PDFs print with an acceptable speed, it's the PDF file, and there is not much you can do about this. Does this file contain transparent items? Some applications flatten transparency by creating hundreds of thousands tiny images that take forever to render. I've never seen a print time of multiple days, but it's possible.

If you have the full version of Acrobat, you could try to extract pages from this document, and print the document in several chunks. It's possible (but not very likely) that this could speed up printing. You would e.g. select the first five pages of the document in Acorbat's thumbnail view, right click and select "Extract Pages". This will create a new document. Just print this and see if it prints any faster. If it does, keep on extracting and printing.

Can you make this file available for analysis?
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ClausAuthor Commented:
Yes, I believe it contains transparent items, in fact.  In general, it contains a lot of graphics.

I have tried to extract the first two pages, and it is not faster.

Yes, I can email you the first two pages - or make them available in some other way, as you prefer.

Thanks,
Claus
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Karl Heinz KremerCommented:
You can either put the file up on a web server and post the link here, or email it to the email address on my profile page (http://www.experts-exchange.com/M_1037718.html)
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ClausAuthor Commented:
I have sent it to your email address.

Thanks,
Claus
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Karl Heinz KremerCommented:
As I suspected, the two pages contain 1368 images, 684 on every page. The "MIT Entrepreneurship Center" is one image, and the logo below it makes up the remaining images. You could try to to remove these images by selecting the TouchUp Object tool (Tools>Advanced Editing>TouchUp Object Tool). Select a zoom level of e.g. 50% so that you can see the gray background around your pages, then start to draw a rectangle _OUTSIDE_ of the lower left corner of the page and try to make it as tight around the logo as possible. Make sure that you did not accidentially select any of the text, then hit the delete key. Do this for all the pages and do a "Save As" (it's important to do the save as vs. a regular save, otherwise you will not get rid of the images completely).

If this sounds too cumersome for your multi page document, try e.g. Enfocus PitStop Professional (http://www.enfocus.com). they have a 30 day free eval license, so you can use the software without having to pay for it for 30 days. This allows you to create an action script that will select all image elments and delete them automatically. Let me know if you need step by step instructions about how to use PitStop.
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ClausAuthor Commented:
Thanks for all the help.  I guess this is as far as I can get.  I will award you the points for all the help.
One other point could be to use a PDF to DOC converter.

Thanks,
Claus
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Karl Heinz KremerCommented:
The PDF to DOC converter would also convert the thousands of images.
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