Help setting Adobe PDF Printer Application to PScript5.dll Version 5.2.2

Posted on 2010-08-25
Last Modified: 2012-05-10
Hi there experts.

I am hoping that someone will know how to change the Application that the Adobe PDF printer uses from Acrobat PDFMaker 9.0 for Word to PScript5.dll Version 5.2.2

System is Windows XP and Adobe Acrobat is version 9.0

Please provide step by step process.

Question by:r_johnston
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Expert Comment

ID: 33527813
I am not sure I understand. Are you talking about the Adobe PDF virtual printer driver?  When you go to control panel and select printers, if you have Acrobat installed,  you will see a driver for Adobe PDF, is this the "Adobe PDF Printer" you are talking about? Adobe Acrobat 9 uses this driver to create a pdf through the standard "print" interface.  This is a virtual printer since there is no physical printer that this driver "runs".  PScript5.dll is the MS "Vanilla" Postscript printer driver for XP. Are you trying to print a word document to a postscript file? PScript5.dll must be installed to be active.  When you print to whatever printer is associated with this postscript driver (PScript5.dll), you will get an option to "print to file".  Is this what you are trying to do?  If so, the problem is not changing which application but rather which printer driver to print to.  

To install the PScript5.dll as a virtual printer, open the `Printers` settings folder, and click `Add Printer`. Select a local printer; since it is virtual, select the FILE: port. Specify `Generic` as manufacturer, click "have disk" and then you can choose the PScript5.dll driver from wherever you have the file stored.  Once this driver is installed to this "virtual printer" (again this is virtual since there is no physical printer) you can open the word doc, select print, choose this generic printer from the list, and select the location you want the file printed to.  I hope I am answering what you are "askin"!!

Author Comment

ID: 33530849
ACTFORMS,  I am indeed referring to the virtual printer file for creating Adobe PDFs.  

One of my coworkers is having issues posting files to our intranet site that lists files found in a network folder.  The major difference that I have found between the files is the PS that is used.  The use of the PScript5.dll results in no issues with having the names on the intranet site show up correctly...the use of the standard Acrobat PDFMaker 9.0 for Word results in duplicate names displaying on the website...even thought the metafile naming is correct and the web path displays correctly when opening the document from the website...

We create PDFs from AutoCAD files and MSO Word files.

I will try the suggestion that you provided above on my computer and see what happens.  Will this still create a .pdf?

Author Comment

ID: 33531136

I tried to make a virtual printer and locate the PScript5.dll file...but when I get to the part where I click "Have Disk..." the only file type that is acceptable is .inf

I found the PScript5.dll file on my computer (see attached jpeg for locations) but I am not able to select it due to the restrictions on file type noted above.


Accepted Solution

r_johnston earned 0 total points
ID: 33531625
I think I may have found a solution to this issue with Acrobat 9...

I found this website ( )

Quick Fix – Manually Installing The Adobe PDF Printer for Acrobat 9

On occasion, when installing Adobe Acrobat 9 (as well as some other versions) the application will fail to install the “Adobe PDF” printer that typically resides in your Printers and Faxes folder in Windows XP.  This not only prevents Acrobat from creating any PDF files, but it also breaks the PDFMaker plugin functionality that gets added to Office when installing Acrobat.

The following instructions will help you restore the missing PDF printer:

1) Open the Printers and Faxes dialog box and select Add a Printer

2) Click Next then select Local printer attached to this computer, and deselect the Automatically detect and install my Plug and play printer box.  Click Next.

3) In the port selection box, choose My Documents\*.pdf (Adobe PDF) and click Next.

4) On the following screen, select Have Disk. Click Browse then navigate to the C:\Program Files\Adobe\Acrobat 9.0\Acrobat\Xtras\AdobePDF folder and highlight the AdobePDF.inf file.  Click Open, then OK.

5) When presented with a list of Adobe PDF Converter options, select the first item from the list and click Next.

6) When prompted for a printer name, change the value to Adobe PDF.  Naming it anything else will break the Office plugin functionality.

7) Click Next through the remaining dialog boxes, selecting the appropriate options for your configuration as you go along.

At this point, the printer should be installed.  If the application is requesting files from your Windows CD, you will need to locate the proper files for your service pack level either by browsing on your computer or downloading then extracting the service pack executable.  This portion of the install varies by computer as I have had the install require these additional files about half the time.

If you are later prompted for the ADPDF9.PPD file, it can be found in the C:\Program Files\Adobe\Acrobat 9.0\Acrobat\Xtras\AdobePDF\StdPPD folder.

That should be it.  once you have finished the installation and provided Windows with the additional files if needed, you should be well on your way to creating PDFs!

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I had to modify step #3 because it was on a Windows XP instead of selecting "My Documents\*.pdf (Adobe PDF)", I chose "My Documents (Local Port)".

I also had modified step 4;  I selected "AdobePDFstd.inf" rather than "AdobePDF.inf".

Once I did this, I tested the file printing function and found that the newly created file had the desired PScript5.dll as the driver.  I am now verifying that it is posting to the intranet site correctly.

Author Comment

ID: 33566387
Update:  The file posted just fine and still had the PScript5.dll driver listed as the Application used to generate the file!

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