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We have suers that use Adobe Reader 7.0 to view and print .pdf documents. The issue we are having is current .pdf documents that are anysize, but mainly around 1 MB in size when we print the size changes to 150 mb or more,thus causing the printing of a 20-page document to take 45 minutes or so. Any ideas???
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hdhondt earned 2000 total points
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Unfortunately, document size bears no relation at all to print file size. Many factors influence the print file, including:

* driver type (PostScript, PCL, etc)
* driver settings (with PCL - but not with PostScript - higher printer resolution means larger output file)
* document contents (an image that appears on every page has to be re-sent for every page, but appears in the document file only once)
* application settings (selecting "Print as Image" in Reader produces larger print files)

On the other hand, 45 minutes for 150 MB does imply a very slow printer. A good colour laser would fly through that in a minute or two.
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by:hdhondt
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So here are some things you can try:

* Make sure Print as Image is disabled (click on the Advanced button in the print dialogue box and make sure Print as Image is not checked)
* if your printer supports PostScript, make sure you use a PostScript driver
* if using PCL, try a lower print resolution
* try a faster printer ;-)
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The files are being printed through a terminal server connection in RDP back to a users local printer.  They have adequate bandwidth.  When the users attempts to print, the files size in the spooler baloons up from around 1 MB to more than 150 MB.  This doesnt seem normal, any other ideas?
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As I explained, a size increase like that may well happen. And of course, your "adequate bandwidth" may be too slow for that file size.

Have you tried my suggestions?
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Another thought.You are using the "local printer". Would that printer use a parallel connection to the PC? In that case the PC will only send about 100kB/sec, which means around 20 mins for 150MB. If the printer can use a USB or network i/f you'll notice a major speed improvement.
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Also, in the printers > Printing Preferences>Advanced>Disable Advanced Printing Features I have had several printers not print proprly with APF enabled, using a PS driver as suggested above...

I think (and this is just what I see the question to be) is that the print job starts off at a 1mb file, but spools up to 150mbs. Its not really a 150 mb job that you are sending to the printer, right? Hdhondts comments about the size increasing is accurate, but I just want to make sure that we are talking about sending a 1mb job versus sending a 150mb job to the printer....Is that right? If we are talking about a 1mb job being sent, then the problem is the amount of spool data thats being created, right, and not a bandwidth issue?

(no offense to your post Hdondt, just wanted to clarify for my (our) benefit)    :)
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Yes.  The file size starts as 1 MB and when it spools the sppol data shows as a 150 MB + file.  
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No offence taken, johnb6767

itiadmin, you say the "file size starts as 1 MB". Am I correct in assuming that is the size of the PDF document? In that case, my comments still stand: print file (spool) size has nothing to do with document size.

Have you tried my suggestions? And does the printer use a parallel port?
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