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Adjusting Print Margins in Adobe Reader

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Does anyone know of a way (maybe in form of a low-cost 3rd party utility) to adjust the margins of a PDF document before printing it?

I supply customers with OMR (scantron) forms that they can print themselves. Unfortunately,when the paper runs through the printer it shifts the paper ever so slightly (maybe 1/32" or sometimes more) and the printed form ends ups not 100% in the right place.

I would like to have a way for my customers to inexpensively adjust for this by moving the entire page image left or right. Ideally this is done right from within Adobe Reader (are there plug-ins for this?). But a 3rd party utility or driver would also do. My customers print to PCL, PostScript and GDI laser printers.

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The Reader is just that, it reads PDF documents, and it has no mechanism to modify them. You can write Reader plug-ins, but these will not have access to the API functions that can modify your PDF. You can do this however with the full version of Acrobat.

The right way to do this would be on the printer level (e.g. make sure that the paper registration is correct, so that you don't have to deal with shifts, or use driver features to shift the page images).

You could however use a standalone utility that processes PDF documents and shifts them. I am not aware of anything that can do this out of the box (but I have never looked for that feature, so it's possible - and likely - that you can find tools that perform that task). With some Java programming, you might be able to create your own application based on iText (a free PDF library based on Java). It's .NET "cousin" .Text.NET can be used with a .NET based application.
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Thanks for the response.
I checked with HP - they don't have a driver for low-end printers that would do it.
I have a query in with Adobe - I couldn't find anything on their Web site.
I did find a product called ... SolidPrintPDF - that does what I want (among many other things it does).
If someone has a better solution for less than $49 - let me know.
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