FM7.2 on a Win7 machine – wow!
Anyway, can you create a PDF by printing to the AdobePDF printer instance?
Yes that works. But through our configuration control I need to have the bookmarks and all references associated with the book. If I use Adobe PDF printer it makes the file but none of the bookmarks come with the file.
I thought you were able to control that part by using the “Generate Acrobat Data” setting when printing to PDF. I know it works in FM9+ but it may not be there in 7.2.
I don’t see that feature in 7.2. Is “Generate Acrobat Data” the same as “Save Book as” ?
Don’t think so – it’s in File > Print in my current version (FM11). Is the Adobe PDF printer set as your default printer in FM? Use the SetPrint plugin to ensure it uses it within FM without messing with your Windows default outside of FM at the same time.
> Windows 7 and Frame 7.2.
This is not a supported configuration and probably does not work, due (I'm guessing) to driver API changes from XP to Win7, which would affect generating PDF and Ps output. This would affect Save-as-PDF and Print-to-Ps+Distill (unless you have a newer version of the full Acrobat product).
As it happens, I'm going to attempt something similar: FM 7.0 on Win7 64 Pro. However, I'm going to install that old FM in "XP Mode".
XP Mode is a 32-bit virtual machine running actual Windows XP inside Win7. It is (now maybe "was") available for Windows 7 Enterprise, Professional and Ultimate (but not Basic, Home or not-so-Premium). When XP went off support life earlier this month, Mr.Bill may have taken down the ability to download XP Mode (or not, since some large enterprises are able to purchase continued support for XP at some great cost). XP Mode never was supported for Win8. There are other VMs for Windows available.
If XP Mode is still available, you also need a CPU that has hardware virtualization, which all recent 64-bit AMD processors do, but which is fused-off in many low end 64-bit Intel processors. AMD processors need a separate unobvious hot-fix patch installed before you do anything else about XP Mode.
No for the Adobe PDF. Setprint plugin? Not in my version.
I have acrobat X pro. I tried running frame in the Compatibility mode for XP but I still get the same error.
> I have acrobat X pro.
You might try printing to a PostScript file, then Distilling that.
> I tried running frame in the Compatibility mode for XP but I still get the same error.
"Compatibility mode" and "XP mode" are two completely different things.
CM is standard on Win7 (probably all editions). CM is just some app settings.
XPM is a massive optional download for only some versions of Win7. It's also an older version of XP, which needs Windows Update run on it, which ends up downloading and installing some 200 updates, in multiple passes, as updates beget updates. If you had installed XPM, you'd remember it.
Try addressing the original problem first and do what the prompt says:
Also, for FM7.2, do not use the "Save Book As", select all of the files in the book panel, and then use the Print option with the "Generate Acrobat Data" and print to file settings enabled:
Once the postscript file has been created, manually run Distiller using the appropriate joboptions file. Printing directly to PDF in the older versions of FM had issues.
"Printing directly to PDF in the older versions of FM had issues."
Arnis, did you mean to say "saving as PDF," rather than "printing?" I
recall that Save as PDF was the buggy option we always told everyone to
I did also mean printing directly to the PDF printer instance to create the PDF without doing the mor reliable postscript + Distiller two-step (the SaveAsPDF route had many more issues though). There were variables from the Acrobat installations (Adobe changed some default locations, as well as the printer instance name, with the Acrobat versions around the FM7 period) that were quite installation dependent. Some users were lucky, others lived in purgatory...
It still hadn't sunk in to many users that the Adobe printer instance had to be set and used as the default, and the SaveAs routines didn't always switch to the correct printer instance (IIRC, they just checked for a postscript instance and if it wasn't the default, grabbed the first one they found in the installed printers list.)
This doesn’t work. Something is going on here and its not good.
Yes. “Save Book as” pdf. I need this because of the configuration requirements to have all section numbering and table and figure identified.
Arnis, I understand now, and of course you are right. I overlooked that
he has Acrobat XI. If I recall correctly, FrameMaker 7.2's Save as PDF
feature is still looking for the old "Acrobat Distiller" virtual printer
from early versions of Acrobat, rather than the "Adobe PDF" virtual
printer of later Acrobat versions. So Save as PDF can't work for him
with his current FM/Acrobat mix.