29 Replies Latest reply: Feb 24, 2015 10:47 AM by DenisonDoc RSS

    Acrobat Pro XI Mac won't print a .pdf file, but Apple Preview will print correctly

    LM02 Community Member

      Hello,

       

      I have Acrobat Pro XI for Mac.  recently I've run into pdf files that will show the document on screen ok, show up on print preview screen ok, but when I send it to a printer I either get:

       

      1.  no printout... the document passes through the printer queue ok, but nothing comes out (no blank paper, nothing).  no data seems to even reach the printer/print server.  no error.  the print job basically vanishes into thin air like the job was never sent

      2.  prints out with all the characters of a text substituted with squares (again, no error. just prints squares instead of text)

       

       

      But when I print the same document using Apple's Preview program on the same machine, the file prints out fine.

       

      I experience this problem with two different Macs, with two different OS versions.  Again both machines will print the .pdf file fine using Apple Preview, but not with Acrobat Pro XI.

       

      I've searched for this problem, but no one seems to have this problem. I've tried just printing one page, etc., and no difference (won't print, or print wrong using Acrobat, but prints fine using Preview)

       

      the files are typically sent via e-mail from a vendor, or a web downloaded form (invoice, forms filled out.  some are secure, some are not).  and these are from multiple sources.

       

      Any ideas what might be the problem, and how to fix this?

       

      system:

      Mac Pro (early 2008) and MacBook Pro (mid-2011)

      MacOS 10.8.4 and 10.6.8 (multiple computers have this same problem)

      Acrobat Pro XI, 11.0.04

      printer: HP LaserJet 5MP (yes.. old.. but it works) via HP JetDirect + print server on  LAN

        • 1. Re: Acrobat Pro XI Mac won't print a .pdf file, but Apple Preview will print correctly
          Dov Isaacs Employee Hosts

          We would need to see a sample PDF file that fails to print to be able to determine what the issue is. There is no known generic problem comparable to what you describe.

           

                    - Dov

          • 2. Re: Acrobat Pro XI Mac won't print a .pdf file, but Apple Preview will print correctly
            LM02 Community Member

            hmm..  unfortunately all of the forms have rather sensitive information on it.  But, I just redacted one of the .pdf forms, and fortunately it still won't print.  (so doing redaction didn't affect the original printing problem)

             

            what is the best way to attach the file on this forum?

            • 3. Re: Acrobat Pro XI Mac won't print a .pdf file, but Apple Preview will print correctly
              Dov Isaacs Employee Hosts

              Unfortunately, regular participants on these forums cannot attach files. Send me a copy via e-mail xxxxxx@adobe.com <redacted e-mail address> and I'll try to get to the bottom of the problem over the next day or so.

               

              By the way, what happens if you try printing to printers other than the LaserJet 5MP?

               

                        - Dov

              • 4. Re: Acrobat Pro XI Mac won't print a .pdf file, but Apple Preview will print correctly
                LM02 Community Member

                ok. i will be sending the file to your e-mail.  THank you for offering your help...

                 

                as for printing other than LJ 5MP, I have not tried.  I will see if I can borrow a printer to print it.  but that doesn't really explain why it will print from one program but not from the other, if the printer is the problem (since the OS uses the same printer driver...)

                • 5. Re: Acrobat Pro XI Mac won't print a .pdf file, but Apple Preview will print correctly
                  shashank saxena Community Member

                  Seems Some configuration issue.
                  You may call adobe tech support or you may give me a missed call we may work together and may be we can get it done.

                   

                  [ private information removed - see http://forums.adobe.com/docs/DOC-3731 ]

                  • 6. Re: Acrobat Pro XI Mac won't print a .pdf file, but Apple Preview will print correctly
                    LM02 Community Member

                    Also, one more thing to note.  not sure if it's relevant, but I've also tried to "print as image" but when I go to the advanced print setting, that choice is greyed out.

                     

                    and from cursory check, the "print as image" is greyed out regardless of the .pdf files that will or won't print.

                    • 7. Re: Acrobat Pro XI Mac won't print a .pdf file, but Apple Preview will print correctly
                      Dov Isaacs Employee Hosts

                      Thanks. I did get your e-mail with the sample file.

                       

                      I tried printing to two different PostScript printers both from Acrobat 11.0.4 Pro on Windows 7 64-bit and on MacOS 11.8.4.

                       

                      The PostScript printers were a Xerox Phaser 7400 and a LaserJet 5M, the latter being very close in feature set as well as implementation (both the Adobe PostScript Level 2 and HP code).

                       

                      I succeeded in printing on both printers both from Windows and Macintosh. No failures of any type whatsoever.

                       

                      I also ran all our diagnostics against the file. No problems found.

                       

                      The fact that you are seeing “print as image” grayed out leads me to believe that something is very misconfigured on your computer.

                       

                      The LaserJet 5MP supports both Adobe PostScript Level 2 and HP PCL5. Is it possible that you installed a PCL driver for that device instead of the PostScript driver?

                       

                      The other thing that struck me was your description via HP JetDirect + print server on  LAN. Do you mean that you aren't printing directly to the printer, but rather via a spooling system someplace else? That could be the variable. What happens if you bypass the print server and print directly to the LaserJet 5MP? Still fails or not?

                       

                                - Dov

                      • 8. Re: Acrobat Pro XI Mac won't print a .pdf file, but Apple Preview will print correctly
                        LM02 Community Member

                        Hi

                         

                        HP Jet Direct EX Plus is essentially an external network adaptor to allow the LJ 5MP to connect to ethernet (RJ45, 10BaseT) LAN through its parallel port (IEEE1284).  It's a pass-through box with no storage capability. Just adds ethernet networking capability to the printer.

                         

                        the 5MP only has parallel and AppleTalk (gasp!) serial ports, so there is no way for me to print directly with any current computers to the 5MP.  I have an old PowerMac that probably can print directly, but I dont' think that one (Mac OS9 circa 1997) can handle any recent .pdf files.

                         

                        Print queue/spooling is handled by the computer, not the JetDirect.

                         

                        as far as I know, I don't think apple/MacOS has PCL output capability and only prints out postscript. Just checked system setup, and it lists Postscript as the language used:

                         

                        LJ 5MP:

                         

                          Status:    Idle

                          Print Server:    Local

                          Driver Version:    10.4

                          Default:    Yes

                          URI:    lpd://10.0.1.47/

                          PPD:    HP LaserJet 5MP

                          PPD File Version:    17.3

                          PostScript Version:    (2014.103) 0

                          CUPS Version:    1.4.7 (cups-218.31)

                          Fax support:    No

                          Scanning support:    No

                          Scanning app:    -

                          Scanning app (bundleID path):    -

                          Scanner UUID:    -

                         

                        so it seems like the problem is most likely some sort of a setup issue.

                         

                        can you tell me what can cause the "print as image" be greyed out?  this may be another symptom of the root cause of the printing problem.  both OS were recently refreshed (meaning, the root drive was wiped clean and re-installed fresh), but I've had the same printing problem before and after OS reinstall (I got a new HDD, since the one before crashed).  but if you can tell me what sort of thing could interfere with the "print as image" capability, I can go looking...

                         

                        Prior to Acrobat XI Pro, I did have Acrobat Pro 8 installed... not sure if there is any relevance, but thought I'd mention it too, in case there is some corruption due to the upgrade.

                        • 9. Re: Acrobat Pro XI Mac won't print a .pdf file, but Apple Preview will print correctly
                          Dov Isaacs Employee Hosts

                          Thanks for the further information. The HP JetDirect adapter that you are using is functionally identical to the internal JetDirect card inside a LaserJet 5M, the printer I tested printing your file with from my Mac without any issue. (My concern was whether what you really meant by “print server on LAN” was something like a Windows 2008 server providing the spooling services and redirecting your output to the device.

                           

                          Assuming that you totally uninstalled the old Acrobat 8 prior to installing Acrobat XI, that should not be a problem.

                           

                          The fact that you have the print as image grayed out is a strong indication that something is not quite kosher with your configuration. Unfortunately, without “hands on” access to your system and network, I think there isn't much more that I can do to assist here.

                           

                          BTW, if there was any way of you trying to print to another PostScript printer on the network, it would be very helpful to see whether that succeeds and/or whether print as image is also disabled there.

                           

                                    - Dov

                          • 10. Re: Acrobat Pro XI Mac won't print a .pdf file, but Apple Preview will print correctly
                            BigRustyCreates Community Member

                            I have exactly the same problem, with different hardware. iMac 2.8GHz, running OS X 10.7.5, printing Acrobat X1 to HP Photosmart C4480 via USB. Any PDF file, including those I create, won't print from Acrobat X1, but the same files print no problem from Apple's Preview. 'Print as Image' isn't greyed out though.

                            • 11. Re: Acrobat Pro XI Mac won't print a .pdf file, but Apple Preview will print correctly
                              Randy_Thompson Community Member

                              Same problem on my end. I'm using XI Pro, Mac 2.4GHz quadcore, OSX 10.8.3, printing to an OKI C5400n. I don't see a "Print as Image" option in the printer dialogue box, though so I have not tried that option. Tried reinstalling using Creative Cloud but it says I need a connection to the internet, but if this gets posted...I do. :\ Hmmm.

                              • 12. Re: Acrobat Pro XI Mac won't print a .pdf file, but Apple Preview will print correctly
                                Neelam Y. Adobe Employee

                                Can you please update Acrobat to the latest version 11.0.6 and confirm whether you are still facing the issue? Also, it would be good to know whether you are facing this issue with all pdf files or just a set of files.

                                • 13. Re: Acrobat Pro XI Mac won't print a .pdf file, but Apple Preview will print correctly
                                  Neelam Y. Adobe Employee

                                  Please let us know in case you are still facing the issue so that we can continue the investigation.

                                  • 14. Re: Acrobat Pro XI Mac won't print a .pdf file, but Apple Preview will print correctly
                                    LM02 Community Member

                                    Hi,

                                    my Acrobat is at 11.0.6, and still has the same problem (pdf won't print from Acrbat, but will print from Preview).

                                     

                                    it appears I am encountering pdf files that will not print in acrobat more frequently now.  It's gotten bad enough that I have defaulted all pdf viewing to Preview since more than 50% of the time I can't print from Acrobat.

                                     

                                    there are few pdf files that still prints from both Preview and Acrobat, but equal or greater number of pdf files that will not print from Acrobat. 

                                     

                                    I haven't quite figured out exactly what kind of pdf files (where/how it has been generated) won't print, but more often than not, pdf generated from web sites form generator (registration receipt, etc) will not print from acrobat.  also files sent from vendors (invoice, shipping confirmation, etc) has a tendency not to print,  but not always.  When I do "print to PDF" from the Print menu, that file tends to print ok on Acrobat.

                                    • 15. Re: Acrobat Pro XI Mac won't print a .pdf file, but Apple Preview will print correctly
                                      Neelam Y. Adobe Employee

                                      Can you please share the files which you are unable to print and files in which text are substituted by square box?

                                       

                                      You may share the files here https://files.acrobat.com

                                      • 16. Re: Acrobat Pro XI Mac won't print a .pdf file, but Apple Preview will print correctly
                                        dblac54 Community Member

                                        I have a user that has an iMac and is trying to print a .pdf file to a network copier/printer.  She can print from MS word and anything else to the network copier except acrobat XI pro.  She is able to print the .pdf to her locally attached printer.  The network copier/printer has authentication and it has been entered in MS word for her to print and saved so that other apps print just fine.  I have noticed that when she sends a .pdf print job to the copier, I see that it appears that the print job went correctly.  When I checked the log files on the network copier/printer is shows the print job that was sent to it but deleted it.  This happens in MS word when the wrong code was entered into the driver.  I have looked through all the settings before I send the print job but see no where to enter the users code.

                                        • 17. Re: Acrobat Pro XI Mac won't print a .pdf file, but Apple Preview will print correctly
                                          LM02 Community Member

                                          I uploaded a redacted version (most of the files that will not print has sensitive info), but the redacted version still won't print so I think it is ok.

                                           

                                          now that I uploaded to the files.acrobat.com, don't know how to let you know where to find it?

                                           

                                          I have to look for the ones that show text boxes.  again, it is an invoice with sensitive data, so not sure if I want to "share"...  but I'll have to find it first.

                                           

                                          I also sent similar files to Dov Isaacs (also listed as Staff) in the beginning of this thread.  perhaps you can contact him and get the files as well?

                                          • 18. Re: Acrobat Pro XI Mac won't print a .pdf file, but Apple Preview will print correctly
                                            dotkom29 Community Member

                                            Same issue here. Running on an iMac with latest version of Mavericks. Can print with any application (including Adobe applications) except for Acrobat.  I can actually print the PDF's through Mac "Preview" so that is my current workaround. Seems like an obvious issue with Acrobat since no other programs have issues. My issue just started last week. Took me a few days of headaches to sit down and really troubleshoot the issue.

                                            • 19. Re: Acrobat Pro XI Mac won't print a .pdf file, but Apple Preview will print correctly
                                              JoePellicone Community Member

                                              For all of you having this problem, try this, I found it by accident.

                                              Make sure you have the latest version of Acrobat Reader installed. (not sure if this helps but this was one of the things I just did)

                                               

                                              Instead of selecting file / print on a pdf file or a web pdf file (in safari)  hit shortcut CMD P it brings up a different printer window ( the one from  reader)  normally when I hit file print, the preview window is blank, but when I hit CMD P the reader preview window shows the contents and allows me to print.

                                               

                                              STRANGE BUT TRUE

                                              • 20. Re: Acrobat Pro XI Mac won't print a .pdf file, but Apple Preview will print correctly
                                                JoePellicone Community Member

                                                I just found this solution on another board, I tried it  (I removed the same file listed below) and it worked for me.... 

                                                 

                                                Safari won’t save or print PDFs: how to fix

                                                :: Tuesday, January 29th, 2013 @ 5:29:46 am

                                                :: Tags: Computers

                                                If Safari won’t save or print PDFs (but views them without any problems), you probably have an Adobe PDF plug-in installed. In Safari, go to Help->Installed Plug-ins and do a search for “PDF.” If you have anything with “PDF” in it other than “WebKit built-in PDF,” that is probably the culprit.


                                                On my computer, the problem was “AdobePDFViewerNPAPI.plugin”. To remove it, I quit Safari, did a Spotlight search (Command-Option space) for that file name, and then dragged it to the trash. When I restarted Safari, I could print and save PDFs again. You can also manually find the plugins by going to the system “Library”  folder (the one at the root of your hard disk, not in your user folder) and looking in the “Internet Plug-Ins” folder.


                                                I’m on OS X 10.8.2, running Safari 6.0.2 (8536.26.17).


                                                • 21. Re: Acrobat Pro XI Mac won't print a .pdf file, but Apple Preview will print correctly
                                                  Neelam Y. Adobe Employee

                                                  In case you have selected "choose paper source by PDF page size" option in print dialog then please deselect this option and try printing again.

                                                  Let me know in case you still observe the same behavior.

                                                  • 22. Re: Acrobat Pro XI Mac won't print a .pdf file, but Apple Preview will print correctly
                                                    angrytourist Community Member

                                                    I've been having this same problem on and off for a long time, through various flavors of Acrobat. With this latest round it is my tax documents downloaded from TurboTax that refuse to print. It's not specific to the PDF, it has happend on files I've created from Indesign as well as files I've downloaded from the internets. Printing 15 pages or all 60 at once doesn't change a thing. I'm using an HP LaserJet 4000 with the most current Acrobat on OSX 10.7.5.

                                                     

                                                    From what I've observed, when printing from Acrobat, the print software attempts to spool the entire job before starting printing. This spooling takes forever, and then for whatever reason the job just flushes out. In my case I get no errors, it simply just does not print.

                                                    • 23. Re: Acrobat Pro XI Mac won't print a .pdf file, but Apple Preview will print correctly
                                                      bnoof Community Member

                                                      I am having this problem, but I think I have figured out the problem. In my Acrobat plug-ins, I am missing the Webkit built-in PDF reader. How can I download and reinstall this? I hate to have to reinstall the entire application.

                                                      • 24. Re: Acrobat Pro XI Mac won't print a .pdf file, but Apple Preview will print correctly
                                                        LM02 Community Member

                                                        BTW, to limit confusion, the inability to print has nothing to do with any browser.  it's inability of Acrobat Pro XI to print a PDF file that is saved on the HDD, while Preview can print it.

                                                         

                                                         

                                                        "choose paper source by PDF page size" is not selected.

                                                         

                                                        still won't print.

                                                         

                                                        now most of the PDF files generated by the OS (save to PDF) will not print using Acrobat XI pro.  it will still print under Preview.

                                                         

                                                        just generated the PDF of Turbotax output, and Acrobat XI pro will not print. but Preview will.

                                                        • 25. Re: Acrobat Pro XI Mac won't print a .pdf file, but Apple Preview will print correctly
                                                          JoePellicone Community Member

                                                          I had the same problem with Acrobat NOT printing (and safari pdf as well).  I thought it was because it defaulted to the Adobe Print INterface

                                                          but the problem was the file referenced above. Delete it restart the program and it works.

                                                          Find this file and delete it AdobePDFViewerNPAPI.plugin

                                                           


                                                          • 26. Re: Acrobat Pro XI Mac won't print a .pdf file, but Apple Preview will print correctly
                                                            cworsey Community Member

                                                            Yes there is something wrong with Acrobat.....or HP. Here's a little more info on what seems to work and not.

                                                            I have both a MacBook Pro Retna and an iMac 21.5. Running Adobe Reader XI on one and Acrobat X on the other.

                                                            I also have a networked HP CP2025 color laser and a Cannon MX880 (wireless networked).

                                                             

                                                            The ONLY printing problem i have is when trying to print from either Reader XI or Acrobat X to the HP.  I can print to the Canon just fine from either.

                                                             

                                                            Also I can print to the HP from ANY other software on either mac, even if i open the pdf up in Preview (which i now have to do as default).

                                                             

                                                            The curious thing is the printer itself has the light flashing and says 'printing' (on the little display on the printer) yet it just stops eventually and nothing prints.  Very curious.  I've tried all kinds of options, reinstalling printer, etc. etc.  I've tried deleting the plugin as suggested inthis dialogue.

                                                             

                                                            So....i'm out of options.  I guess i'll just use preview for printing.  Hope this additional info helps!

                                                            • 27. Re: Acrobat Pro XI Mac won't print a .pdf file, but Apple Preview will print correctly
                                                              bobcohn Community Member

                                                              I have been having a similar problem for years, and it continues now even with the latest version of Acrobat. 

                                                               

                                                              I am running Acrobat XI Pro on Windows 7 using VMWare, and the hardware is an iMac running OSX 10.9.3.  The printer is a Brother MFC-9970CDW.  All software and O/S's have been updated. 

                                                               

                                                              I can print all PDF files with Preview on the iMac, but many documents won't print on Acrobat XI Pro under Windows 7.  I don't run Acrobat on the Mac -- just Adobe Reader.  Acrobat XI Pro completes the print to the printer on VMWare (i.e., spools it to the Mac printer), but it never prints.  I get an error message on the Mac printer driver saying "Stopped - Unable to convert postscript file".  The same document will print with no problem on Adobe Reader under Mac OSX and on Preview.

                                                               

                                                              If you send me a link, I'm happy to send you a file which will fail every time on Acrobat XI Pro on Windows and print every time on Preview and Adobe Reader.

                                                              • 28. Re: Acrobat Pro XI Mac won't print a .pdf file, but Apple Preview will print correctly
                                                                JohnKramerDesign Community Member

                                                                A dead thread, but I have a couple other clues:

                                                                It's not just Acrobat Pro for me (X11 11.0.10). It's also Indesign. (Haven't tested AI and PSD.)

                                                                If I go to the system printer from within the Adobe printer, then back out again, I can print.

                                                                • 29. Re: Acrobat Pro XI Mac won't print a .pdf file, but Apple Preview will print correctly
                                                                  DenisonDoc Community Member

                                                                  WHAT A RELIEF!  That fixed my printing problem as well!  Thank you for posting