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When you don't have LiveCycle Output (it can flatten XFA forms) then printing to PDF may be the only opportunity for you to reduce the file size.
Thanks radzmar...sorry it took me awhile to get back to you.
This is were I have a problem. Since these LC forms are password protected with a permission pwd to prevent the form from being edited, I am unable to print this form to PDF. It gives out the following message:
%%[ ProductName: Distiller ]%% This PostScript file was created from an encrypted PDF file. Redistilling encrypted PDF is not permitted. %%[ Flushing: rest of job (to end-of-file) will be ignored ]%% %%[ Warning: PostScript error. No PDF file produced. ] %%
I am guessing that above message is displayed since the document is restricted from being changed. So is there a way to allow a pdf printing with the permission password enabled?
Alternatively, I thought another way to flatten pdfs might be to save the pdf file as jpeg image or any image file. But that doesn't work when the permission pwd is enabled as well since it shows the message "Insufficient permissions for image extraction". So whats the solution in this case? what are my options to flatten the pdf files in the end when the permission password is enabled?
Uhhh. The Distiller doesn't handle file protected with an owner or user password.
The only way to bypass this it to select the "Print as Image" options in Advanced menu of Acrobats print dialog.
excellent...that works! Thanks for that!
I've tested and found the "Microsoft Print to PDF" printer driver WILL allow you to print a "password-protected" XFA (Static or Dynamic) to pdf (effectively flattening the form) unlike the "Adobe PDF" printer driver.
Hence, using the "Microsoft Print to PDF" printer driver is an alternate solution for printing protected forms to pdf.
Using the "print as image" option as radzmar mentions is also option, but it noticeably decreases the quality (i.e. text becomes pixelated).
Hope this helps someone in near future!