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Flatten PDF when printing?

May 7, 2009 10:34 AM

hello All,


i need a way to flatten my pdf's when i printing.  this is needed for performance via a web app.


i need something similar to the flattenPages() method, but it MUST work with Reader.


any ideas as to the best way to handle this?  maybe a print parameter?


thank you,


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    May 8, 2009 1:51 AM   in reply to JasTyler

    I am confused about your workflow..


    Where is PDF creation taking place?  Where is printing taking place?  What Adobe tools are used, and where?

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    May 10, 2009 2:34 AM   in reply to JasTyler

    Your best bet is to install a server-based component that can do the flattening of the form on the fly and then return that to the user.

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    May 12, 2009 7:29 AM   in reply to JasTyler

    Well, as this is the Adobe forums, I was thinking more about our LiveCycle ES family of products - but yes, something that would run on the server and flatten the necessary form elements.   LiveCycle ES offers the functionality that you require.


    No printing would be involved, and you could certainly look at additional file size reduction options as well.

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    May 12, 2009 11:41 AM   in reply to JasTyler

    2nd part being what - file size?  That’s simply of function of the overhead of forms...

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    May 12, 2009 4:34 PM   in reply to JasTyler

    1) The Adobe PDF printer driver is NOT licensed for server-side usage.

    2) If you follow the advice I gave you about a server-side flattening component, you don’t need the printer driver.

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