Multiple Adobe pdf print drivers

Posted on 2005-05-16
Last Modified: 2013-12-03
I use a barcode printing software package (Labelmatrix) that doesn't send page size information to the specified printer and therefore relies on the default size specified by the printer driver. To print to different page sizes, we have relied on multiple versions of the same PS printer driver to print to various size pages. Example

Listings in the Windows Printers Folder

I then specify a watched folder and distiller creates a pdf based on the default page size of whichever printer was specified in the output.

I am now trying to accomplish the same result using the Adobe PDF printer driver and want to get:

Adobe PDFLetter
Adobe PDFLegal
Adobe PDFTabloid

but don't have a clean way of adding additional Adobe PDF printer drivers to the list. (This is easily done with other printer drivers using the wizard but Adobe is not listed in the available printers in the add printer wizard.)

Does anyone know a standard way to add multiple Adobe PDF printers to the printers list?

Question by:psenn
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    Accepted Solution

    Before we start a big disclaimer: I've never tried to have more than one Adobe PDF printer on one system. I don't know if it will work, it it will kill all PDF creating capabilities, if it will ruin your life... You are on your own :-)

    You cannot create an Adobe PDF printer with the normal "Add Printer" wizard. Get the Adobe PostScript driver (which may be on your Acrobat CD, but you can also download it from Adobe's web site:
    Use this driver to add a new printer. When you're asked to select the port, select the "Adobe PDF" port. Then, when asked what printer type to install, select the "Browse" button and browse to the Distiller PPD, which is usually located here: C:\Program Files\Adobe\Acrobat 7.0\Distillr\Xtras and select the Adobe PDF 7.0 port.
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    Expert Comment

    by:Karl Heinz Kremer
    I noticed your question on PlanetPDF. To set the filename for the PDF file created by the Adobe PDF printer (so that it does not prompt for a filename), use the method described in the Distiller API Reference on page 20:
    This also works for Acrobat 6 (even though it was not mentioned in the Acrobat 6 version of this document).


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