5 Replies Latest reply: Aug 7, 2012 2:49 PM by Test Screen Name RSS

    Why is printing a drawing in PDF format so slow?

    Lukus2012

      This is our first time using a wide-format printer (HP DesignJet 800PS). We receive construction drawings in PDF format. Printing size vary from 17" x 11" to 40" x 33". When I print a one page drawing, it takes about 20 minutes to print in normal mode (as opposed to Best or Draft). The printer is connected directly to our router via an ethernet cable. This is a small office with only 2 people connected to the router and this is the only printer connected to the network.

       

      Is it normal that it takes this long to print a single page or is something wrong with our printing setup? When we sent multiple PDF drawings to the printshop in the past, they would be ready in minutes.

       

      I am printing from a Windows XP computer using Adobe Reader 9.5.

        • 1. Re: Why is printing a drawing in PDF format so slow?
          Test Screen Name MVP

          Are you using the PostScript driver for the printer? I suspect not, since the Best and Draft options don't sound like PostScript options, but something more found in an office or home printer driver.

          • 2. Re: Why is printing a drawing in PDF format so slow?
            Lukus2012 Community Member

            I am not sure about the printer driver. The driver name is HP DesignJet 800PS 42 PS3. How would I go about checking if the installed driver is a PostScript one since I wasn't the one who did the installation?

             

            I should also mention that I've been experimenting with it the last couple of hours and while it prints alot faster in Draft mode, without seemingly losing vital details, it does take about 5 minutes for the printer to begin the actual printing.

             

            I'm also struggling to get the drawings to print to scale and completely. The PDF file shows the page is 49" x 35.5". When I print it, despite having tried portrait and landscape, it will not print in the right direction. I'm thinking it might have to do with the page size that I selected. I selected ARCH E which is defined as being 36" x 48" and change the rotation to match but that's not working out as it cuts out part of the drawing. There is an option to scale the printing to the dimension I enter but should I really need to go through that everytime I print a drawing of different size?

            • 3. Re: Why is printing a drawing in PDF format so slow?
              Test Screen Name MVP

              The "PS3" driver is probably PostScript. How about... do you have 'print as image' selected in the print dialog.

               

              For the other thing, experiment with the page rotation and scaling options. Scaling will almost certainly want to be off for such drawings.

              • 4. Re: Why is printing a drawing in PDF format so slow?
                Lukus2012 Community Member

                Print to image is  disabled.  Should it be?

                 

                Page Scaling is set to None.

                 

                Auto-Rotate and Center is enabled. (though I believe I experimented with it with no luck)

                 

                Choose paper source by PDF paper size is enabled. (again, same result with or without)

                • 5. Re: Why is printing a drawing in PDF format so slow?
                  Test Screen Name MVP

                  Yes, print as image should be off.

                   

                  One thing to check is whether it is the nature of the PDFs you are printing. Make simple PDFs with just text, but the same large page size, perhaps in Word or whatever. Compare the print time.