Is there some sort of troubleshooting guide to printing problems from Acrobat to mono laser printers?
The problem is that the printed output is grainy, or dithered, and looks no better than a 200 dpi fax. I'm using a Dell Laser Printer 1700 mono laser, capable of at least 600 dpi (its driver claims 1200 dpi). I'm printing from Adobe Acrobat X, and have gone to some lengths to clean up and sharpen the text using ACDSee.
In particular, I haven't been able to get the magic combination that allows me to get a clean print of a 600 dpi source text page. I'm into this problem about 15 test pages already, and now and before countless hours messing around with this problem.
Thanks for any pointers in this regard.
-- Roy Zider
Adobe Acrobat X
Dell Laser Priner 1700 mono laser.
Windows XP SP3
If you have the Pro. version of Acrobat X you can run a Preflight check on the file. This is located under Tools > Print Production > Preflight. You could try running something like the Digital Printing (B/W) profile and fix to check the file.
Yes, I'm more or less familiar with that, as I use preflight all the time to find out the metrics on my images. It doesn't address the issue I'm having, as far as I know -- the rasterization and graininess of the printed page on a mono laser printer -- much worse than the printer is capable of. (I do have AA X Pro -- but I can't edit my post after posting it, like you can in other forums. I tried to do that last night just after posting the message and couldn't see how to do it.)
The problem is the degradation of output quality between image and printed page. I've bumped all the printer and image color management controls as far as I can, and still cant' find the magic combination. That's why I'm looking for a guide, rather than a point soluton. I can't be the first person who has noticed that the output to the laser printer is inferior to the image you get from copying the original on an office copier (scan-pdf-print vs copy-print).
-- Roy Zider
Europe, Middle East and Africa