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Text artifacts when printing pdf from word 2010

Sep 20, 2012 10:00 AM

Tags: #artifacts #convert_word_to_pdf



I'm trying to print a pdf form word 2010 using acrobat pro x, windows 7 x64. The output pdf looks ok, but on closer inspection there are text artifacts throughout. It seems like the artifacts are located along a single column of each page. Please see the attached image, and note how some of the characters look doubled (e.g. the 'p' in "participation", and all characters above and below). Any ideas how this can be resolved?




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    Sep 20, 2012 10:36 AM   in reply to tgrossman

    I guess the first thing is to try to see whether these artifacts are fixed in the PDF, or coming in its display.


    Try zoomng in and out, at different magnifications. Do the artifacts stay the same (but scale with the text) or change?

    Try zooming very close on the "p" and perhaps a place where the effect is less clear, such as the last "a" in apparatus.


    What do you see?

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    Sep 20, 2012 4:27 PM   in reply to tgrossman

    Ok, it looks pretty likely that this is actually somehow in the PDF.


    Are there any special effects on the text in Word? Or transparent backgrounds or graphics?


    Can you share a problem PDF?

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    Sep 20, 2012 4:56 PM   in reply to Test Screen Name

    It appears the text may actually be a graphic and not text as such. In that case this may just be a continuation of what started with OFFICE 2007 that splits graphics in WORD into multiple graphics in Acrobat. We did some testing on this some time ago and found that OFFICE 2003 did not break up the graphics, but OFFICE 2007 did for the same Acrobat version. Based on that result we concluded that it is something that WORD is doing in the process of printing. It is interesting that the WORD plugin from MS does not split the graphic. The results for PDF Maker and printing to the Adobe PDF printer seem to be different also. Normally not a problem, but at times, results like you have seem to crop up. I have not given a solution, but indirectly suggested some things to try.

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