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default paper size

Aug 17, 2008 10:45 PM

* The settings under Printing Preferences (for the Adobe PDF printer) specify A4 as default size

* a stack of PostScript files have been created with A4 as their paper size

* dragging them into Acrobat Pro (even if it is a sloppy way of converting them) blandly delivers US Letter

How can I get Acrobat Pro to deliver A4 output?

Thanks in advance

[Acrobat Pro 7 on XP]
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    Aug 17, 2008 10:48 PM   in reply to Niels Grundtvig Nielsen
    What you describe should not be happening exactly like that.

    Either a PostScript file includes a page size request, or it does not.

    If a PostScript file includes a page size request, it should always be

    If a PostScript file does not include a page size request, and only
    then, the default page size in Distiller is used.

    Given this, my first guess would be that the PostScript files do NOT
    have a4 (or anything else) actually set as their page size. How is the
    page size set? Or, if you aren't familiar with the insides of the
    PostScript file, how were they made?

    Aandi Inston
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    Aug 17, 2008 11:26 PM   in reply to Niels Grundtvig Nielsen
    It is not easy for someone not experienced in PostScript to answer
    this reliably. To further complicate things there are three layers of

    1. The design size. This is the area that the program assumes will be
    available in the printer; the program will lay out stuff in this area.
    This has no effect at all on the paper size chosen, so if the design
    size is wrong, things are just cut off.

    2. DSC comments. These are comments starting %%. Many people believe
    this is the way to specify a page size. However, they are really only
    processed by certain special document processors. To complicate
    matters further, Distiller will in some situations read SOME of these
    comments. They may set orientation, sometimes. This is a very badly
    documented area.

    3. Actual PostScript code - lines not starting %. This is where some
    detailed knowledge really helps. But, that said, there are some things
    you can look for.

    (a) look for the string "a4" on a line which isn't a comment.
    (b) look for the string "setpagedevice". This is likely to have a few
    lines in front of it that set parameters like /PageSize. Look for
    /PageSize in the few lines preceding setpagedevice.

    If you don't find either of these things, it's very likely the file
    does not set a page size.

    Another way to think about this is: what makes you believe that the
    program DOES set a page size?

    Aandi Inston
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    Aug 18, 2008 12:43 AM   in reply to Niels Grundtvig Nielsen
    Screen viewers tend to use the %%BoundingBox line, something intended
    to give the size of "PostScript as graphic file" (EPS), even when it
    isn't an EPS. Distiller can use this for an EPS file only.

    So it seems your PostScript indeed does not have any page size
    requests. Sent to a printer, it will use the default paper in the
    default tray; Distiller will do the same.

    If you can control the prologue, adding the single word


    as a new line will set the page size. This will erase the page and
    reset all the graphics states, including the co-ordinate system, so it
    needs to be done early.

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    Aug 18, 2008 6:25 PM   in reply to Niels Grundtvig Nielsen
    I have not read all the responses. However, the setting in the Adobe PDF printer have nothing to do with what Distiller will do. You will have to set the preferences in the Job Settings file in Distiller. If you check the Advanced job settings tab, there is an option for the PS file to override the PDF settings. This is checked by default and is what I think you want. The default page size is given at the bottom of the general tab in points (or other unit). I think those are the two settings you need to consider. I would also suggest you might want to use a press or print quality job settings to be sure to embed the fonts. I think that most music uses a special font set and you want to be sure they are embedded in the PDF (something that the Standard settings tends to not do).
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