Good morning to you all,
I guess I'll first explain the issue and then the hardware involved in it.
We usually print image-heavy and effect-intensive (3D, shadows, etc.) presentations created in MS PowerPoint 2003 and 2007, adding up to usually from 40 - 60 pages (slides). The problem is when printing them on our network printer, it takes a HUGE amount of time to do so (some 30 - 60 minutes per presentation).
Now. I have read many solutions and have tried the following things:
1. Convert to PDF (which also takes a fair amount of time) and print in PDF.
2. Switch to a PS driver instead of the PCL6 that was being used.
3. Switch to a PCL5 driver instead of the PCL6 that was being used.
4. Update the printer firmware (from 20080220 to 20120105).
5. Disabling printer manager.
6. Activating print directly to printer.
7. Printing as image.
As I said, these are the details concerning the problem:
- PDF generated on Adobe Acrobat Professional 8 from a PowerPoint 2003/2007 presentation. Compatibilities tried: Acrobat 4 through 8. The file is 13,1 Mb.
- Printer: HP Color Laserjet CP2025n on a 100 Mb network (with the firmware specified above). These languages are installed: PCLXL (20040201), PS (20040201), PCL (20040201).
- Windows XP Professional 32
The "best" configuration I have found is:
- PDF from the PowerPoint presentation.
- Updated firmware.
- Postscript Universal Printing Language driver.
It adds up to some 20 Mb, however, when it reaches those slides contaning 3D effects or shadows, etc. stops (while having activated previously error reporting) and prints the following error:
OFFENDING COMMAND: showpage
Reading further on about these kind of issues have reached a point where my technical knowledge is not sufficient to know about what is being said (AKA, rasters, layers, grouped elements, prepress concepts, flattening...). So my question would be:
What is the main problem and how can it be solved? (Ok, those were 2 questions...)
Thank you very much in advanced,
PS: Sorry about the wall of text!