In the process of producing posters for technical presentations, I have many times "printed to PDF" - typically from CorelDraw - with page sizes as large as 42" x 72". Until a couple of months ago, I was doing so with Acrobat 9 Pro under Windows XP.
Now I'm on a newer machine with Acrobat X Pro under Windows 7 64-bit. I tried to create such a PDF today at 42" x 72", using the same procedure as always, but without success - didn't ever see the usual dialog for selecting the PDF file name and destination. I tried it with a smaller page size - 36" x 72" - and it worked exactly as expected.
I embarked upon a little exploration to see, for a given page width, the maximum page length I could use before it wouldn't create a PDF. Here's what I observed:
Note that, for all of these cases, things cease to work when the area becomes just slightly greater than 2,982 square inches.
I tried some of the same page sizes for printing to PDF from a different application (Autodesk Inventor), and found the same results. It works when the page area is at or below 2,982 square inches, but fails when the area is slightly greater than that. When it fails when printing from Inventor, in addition to not seeing the usual dialog for selecting the PDF file name and destination, I'm also presented with the error message, "Could not start print job".
Does anyone have knowledge of this issue? I have searched and - so far - failed.
It may be a limitation of the printer driver. According to this reference from Acrobat 9 Help, a PDF can be much larger:
Could you please elaborate on what you mean by "a limitation of the printer driver"? Which printer driver?
Note that I've produced larger-area PDF files many times in the past with my old system (Acrobat 9 Pro under Windows XP 32-bit). I'm using the same sort of procedure now, but with Acrobat X Pro under Windows 7 64-bit, and it's working as described in my opening post - mysteriously capped at about 2,982 square inches.
I can add now that this system has been upgraded to Acrobat XI Pro.
The problem still persists, with exactly the same behavior observed as before. I can generate a 42" x 71" page, but not a 42" x 72" page.
When trying to create a 42" x 71" page, it works correctly from CorelDraw, Autodesk Inventor, and MicroSoft PowerPoint.
When trying to create a 42" x 72" page:
PDF are based on the Print Driver your computer uses. In my experience PDFs created based on the printer you system uses. Often you can change the maximum size by changing the Print driver used.
I'd have to agree with Curious Crandall that if it's a problem with the printer driver, then presumably the printer driver he is using is Adobe PDF - can you confirm that?
For what it's worth, in Windows XP, Acrobat X I just set up a custom page size in Adobe PDF of 80 x 80 inches.
In Notepad, worked fine.
In Excel, it ignored the size and used document size.
I can't find any reference to the maximum print size being lower in Windows 7.
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Yes, you understand correctly - the printer driver I'm using is Adobe PDF.
I had the opportunity to test this today at a different computer. It, too, is running Windows 7 64-bit. It, too, is running Acrobat Pro X.
From PowerPoint 2010, when I tried to create a 42" x 71" PDF file - using "Adobe PDF" as the printer - it worked as expected.
From PowerPoint 2010, when I tried to create a 42" x 72" PDF file - using "Adobe PDF" as the printer - it failed. I received the same sort of error message that I posted a screenshot of yesterday.
I just revisited this after several months of not worrying much about it, in the hope that an update somewhere along the way might have quietly solved the problem.
No such luck. Today, I can still produce a 42" x 71" PDF document with no problems - but not a 42" x 72" document.