21 Replies Latest reply: Jun 19, 2010 3:14 PM by roxhythe RSS

    PDF problem with old Pagemaker 6.5

    Community Member
      problem:
      I am working on a book using Pagemaker 6.5 and need to make a PDF for an online self publishing company. When I try to export to PDF, I get a message from Adobe Distiller 3.0 that says I must install a post script printer driver. Should I install the Adobe Universal PostScript Windows Driver Installer 1.0.6 ?? The info page for the driver says that this driver is not for non post script printers (my printer is non post script according to the manual). But I am not trying to print, just produce a PDF.

      Here's what I have come up with:
      I will use acrobat.com to produce the pdf online. But it requires a .ps file. How to get this?

      I could get a newer version of Acrobat/pagemaker but don't want to spend the money yet since we are considering switching platforms. Oh, and the new version of Acrobat won't even fit on the old PC.

      I am trying to limp my old computer/programs along until this project is finished. I realize I am in over my head. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

      Thanks, Siri
        • 1. Re: PDF problem with old Pagemaker 6.5
          BigJohnD Community Member
          Yes, you need to install a Postscript driver.
          http://www.adobe.com/support/downloads/detail.jsp?ftpID=1500

          You will need a PPD too.
          * John Davies, "8.10 - Looking for a printer driver or PPD? Mac or Win?" #1, 4 Apr 2003 4:15 pm

          Which version of windows are you using?

          Also PM6.5 is VERY old, and it's hard to remember what's best as there are dozens of updates which also may need to be installed as well.
          http://www.adobe.com/support/downloads/product.jsp?product=34&platform=Windows

          Iechyd da! John
          00:38 04/09/2008 BST
          • 2. Re: PDF problem with old Pagemaker 6.5
            (Aandi_Inston) Community Member
            > The info page for the driver says that this driver is not for non post script printers (my printer is non post script according to the manual).
            > But I am not trying to print, just produce a PDF.

            That's fine. You can have different printer drivers and use them for
            different things.

            Be sure you aren't trying to run PageMaker 6.5 on an unsupported
            version of Windows like Windows 2000, XP or Vista.

            >I could get a newer version of Acrobat/pagemaker

            Probably not the ideal solution at present.

            Aandi Inston
            • 3. Re: PDF problem with old Pagemaker 6.5
              Community Member
              Thanks so much for your suggestions...

              My old computer IS an XP so this is probably part of the problem although the PM 6.5 has worked for many things just perfectly.

              I downloaded a trial copy of Indesign CS3 onto my son's relatively newish laptop and tried moving some Pagemaker files over using a flash drive....and viola!! They open up and look pretty good and it seems that generating a PDF from Indesign is easy as pie!! Also, the Indesign is similar enough to Pagemaker that I can practice on it for the 30 days (and get the book done, too). Then we can decide how to make our next technological leap!

              Again, thank you!
              Siri
              • 4. Re: PDF problem with old Pagemaker 6.5
                BobLevine UGM-MVPs
                Ah, what a refreshing attitude.

                Good for you. You should take note that Adobe will be announcing CS4 on
                September 23.

                Bob
                • 5. Re: PDF problem with old Pagemaker 6.5
                  Community Member
                  In 1998 I used Page Maker 6.5 to write and save a copy of a book I wrote. The book needs updating and republishing and I can no longer open the file.

                  I am presently using XP Pro and it won't open the file.

                  My question is: What can I do? Is there a way to get this file translated into a document file? Page Maker 6.5 is not even on this computer.

                  Please Help. Thank you.

                  Sal Smario
                  Adobe ID #11401243
                  chn@chn-net.com
                  • 6. Re: PDF problem with old Pagemaker 6.5
                    BobLevine UGM-MVPs
                    Download the 7.0 demo and open the file. The demo is good for 30 days.

                    Bob
                    • 7. Re: PDF problem with old Pagemaker 6.5
                      Community Member
                      First of all, sorry for my poor English but Ill try to make myself understand.

                      Im an old Brazilian warrior that still used page maker 6.5 with windows 98 till last week. Yes, I live on Earth.

                      After installing XP this week, my PM 6.5 is working with one problem.

                      On my old W98 I had installed an Unity 1800XL post-script printer (main printer) and also a HP 6MP and a linotronic 530 (all of them with their PPD). I also had an Acrobat PDFwriter and a Distiler Assistant v3.01.

                      Exporting PDF files was a piece of cake on PM65, I was able to select resolution, page setup and everything.
                      After updating the XP I missed the Unity 1800XL and I cant export PDF flies directly from PM65. I can create an PS file and after that use de distiller to convert it to PDF.
                      Is there any way to continue exporting PDF directly from PM65?

                      Thaks
                      • 8. Re: PDF problem with old Pagemaker 6.5
                        Community Member
                        I bought PageMaker 6.5 off of eBay but I cannot install it on my XP machine. Does anyone know how I can install pM6.5 on XP sp2?

                        Thanks for your help!
                        pjacobs837@yahoo.com
                        • 10. Re: PDF problem with old Pagemaker 6.5
                          John Breeds Community Member
                          On Windows PM 7 I have produced a 60-page chapter for an illustrated book. The diagrams comprise a paper filled line rectangle, with a black filled rectangle behind it. The black rectangle is nudged to the right and to the bottom, to create a black drop shadow. I placed the eps diagram over it, to the front layer.

                          I need to produce pdf file. So, I generated a postscript file; then used Adobe 9 distiller to produce a pdf.

                          Everything is perfect up to page 28. After this page, all of the diagrams show the black rectangle through the paper-filled ones.

                          I have double-checked PageMaker diagrams, and even tried to generate just one of the rogue pages but it still shows the black rectangle in Adobe Reader. All text and fonts are perfect.

                          Please, any help appreciated! Thanks

                          John
                          • 11. Re: PDF problem with old Pagemaker 6.5
                            BobLevine UGM-MVPs
                            Is the paper fill set to overprint?

                            Bob
                            • 12. Re: PDF problem with old Pagemaker 6.5
                              Community Member
                              I HAVE PAGE MAKER 6.5 ON A VISTA MACHINE AND WHEN I GO TO PRINT IT DISAPPEARS. I AM ON A NETWORK, AND ALREADY HAVE POSTSCRIPT DRIVERS INSTALLED AND ALL LOOKS OKAY UNTIL I PRINT. THE PRINTING DISAPPEARS.
                              I NOTICE THAT DISTILLER IS NOT IN THE START-UP. COULD THAT BE THE PROBLEM.
                              CAN YOU HELP
                              • 13. Re: PDF problem with old Pagemaker 6.5
                                BigJohnD Community Member
                                > > PAGE MAKER 6.5 ON A VISTA MACHINE

                                That's the problem.

                                See these FAQs:
                                * John Davies, "7.9 - PageMaker and Microsoft Windows Vista" #1, 20 Mar 2007 6:31 pm
                                * Donald Gruener, "7.1 - PageMaker 6.5 (or older) on Windows XP" #1, 25 Jan 2002 7:52 am

                                Either install PM65 on a Win2K or Win98 PC or move on and up to InDesign.
                                * John Davies, "Moving on to InDesign" #1, 24 Jan 2006 3:03 pm

                                Iechyd da! John
                                19:47 05/02/2009 GMT
                                • 14. Re: PDF problem with old Pagemaker 6.5
                                  Claudio González MVP
                                  And please don't use all caps.
                                  • 15. Re: PDF problem with old Pagemaker 6.5
                                    Community Member
                                    I'm sure these questions have been answered before and I've tried to fix my problem by looking above, but still issue. My old Windows 98 computer died so I got an XP and reinstalled Pagemaker 6.5. It worked well for a about a week, but then stuff started acting crazy. I get the error message "The instruction at "0x00000000" reference memory at "0x00000000". The memory could not be "read"" when trying to distill one file. When trying to distill another file, get the error message "Saving Postscript output failed".

                                    I've downloaded the Postscript Driver, the Adobe update to Pagemaker 6.5 (to make it 6.52), installed and uninstalled Pagemaker 6.5 several times, and etc. Any thoughts on how to get things back working correctly?
                                    • 16. Re: PDF problem with old Pagemaker 6.5
                                      BobLevine UGM-MVPs
                                      PM 6.5 is not supported on anything later than Win 98. I recommend
                                      dumping it altogether and moving to InDesign. Adobe is offering a very
                                      generous upgrade price.

                                      Paying for PM 7 is throwing good money after bad and still won't
                                      guarantee you won't have problems.

                                      Bob
                                      • 17. Re: PDF problem with old Pagemaker 6.5
                                        BigJohnD Community Member
                                        Absolutely.

                                        "PM ceased development in 2002, almost 7 years ago. Any help, support or advice is now based on archives, but for PM to operate properly, you must have your version installed on a contemporary version of Windows."

                                        Iechyd da! John
                                        14:13 01/03/2009 GMT
                                        • 18. Re: PDF problem with old Pagemaker 6.5
                                          roxhythe Community Member

                                          A thought.  Yes, it is possible to make PM6.5 run on a WindowsXP machine.  I've done it three times now.

                                           

                                          What you do is DON't let it install from the popup menu.  Right-click, hit (I think) "explore," then on the setup file right-click and find "properties."  You want the tab that says "compatibility."  Set it so it says "Windows 98."  Then go back, hit "setup" (DON'T let it setup from the popup), and it will do fine. OOne of the nice features of Windows XP is it will run software built for older versions of Windows (Vista will not, by the way), and I have been ab le to keep using some antique software that isn't made any more--including Acrobat 5.0, by the way.

                                           

                                          And I have the same problem converting a *.p65 file to Acrobat *.pdf y'all have described.  PageMaker says I need a postscript printer driver.  I have no idea whether I get that from the printer manufacturer or Adobe.  I am not particularly interested in paying to upgrade either PageMaker or Acrobat, as they both work just fine (and Adobe wasn't offering *me* any discounts on anything).

                                           

                                          The work-around I have on my home computer is a little kludgy, but it works.  I found and installed Microsoft's "Virtual PC" program (vintage 2004), which was designed, I think, to enable Windows computers to run Mac software.  I installed Windows 98, PageMaker, and Acrobat 5.0 on the "virtual PC."  When I want to convert a PM file to Acrobat, I copy it to the virtual PC, open it ijn PM there, and convert it to Acrobat, and copy the Acrobat file back.  And Acrobat Reader 9.3 will open and read it just fine.

                                           

                                          My problem at the office is I can't get the "virtual PC" program any more--Microsoft was, at last check, making it only for Windows Vista (which I will not let anywhere near a computer I intend to use).  So I'm back to the old problem--unless I e-mail the PageMaker file from the office to home, and convert it there.  I think I'm getting way too kludgy doing that.  Ideas?  Thanks.

                                           

                                          Joe

                                          • 19. Re: PDF problem with old Pagemaker 6.5
                                            BobLevine UGM-MVPs

                                            Same idea I offer anyone. Leave the past behind and embrace the present with InDesign.

                                             

                                            Bob

                                            • 20. Re: PDF problem with old Pagemaker 6.5
                                              ReneGnam Community Member

                                              Joe...

                                               

                                              1. The same disks that gave you PM5 and Acrobat 5.0 also gave you Adobe Distiller. Find it. Install it.
                                              2. When your PM file is ready, under Print Option in the Print dialog boxes, click Write PostScript to File. Type in a file name.
                                              3. After that's done, start Distiller and convert that file to PDF.

                                               

                                              Easy, eh?

                                               

                                              That works in PM 5, 6.5, and 7.

                                               

                                              If that's your only problem, you don't need ID. You already have the stuff you need.

                                               

                                              BTW, I've run hundreds of PM6.5 files on WinXP. Still am. Good luck.

                                              • 21. Re: PDF problem with old Pagemaker 6.5
                                                roxhythe Community Member

                                                Cool.  I will do that.  Thank you.

                                                 

                                                Joe