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>It would seem like this would be easily done
You mean "it would seem because the documentation says so" or "it
would seem because I need it to be so..."?
There is no flag for choosing paper size on the command line. No
method at all in fact, within Acrobat.
What you should be able to do is change the system default printer's
default paper size, then do the printing (then change it back).
> Another possibility is automating changing the file page set-up from letter to legal size. Can this be done?
Files have a page size but don't have a separate print paper size
Thanks for the response Aandi.
That is an interesting strategy - to see about setting the printer then print the file. I will look into that.
I should mention that we also have the Distiller Application. Is setting legal size doable using that? It would seem that setting the size of the paper is a important part of printing out a document so I don't understand why this is not easily available.
But I admit I have much to learn about programming Adobe.
> Is setting legal size doable using that?
No. The output paper size is a printer driver setting.
Even in Acrobat, to change this setting, you click File > Print and then the Properties button in the print dialog. When you click this Properties button, the dialog you are presented with is a system dialog - it is not created, maintained or modified by Acrobat. The settings defined in this dialog are system and print driver dependent, most of which cannot be set programatically from Acrobat.
> It would seem that setting the size of the paper is a important part of printing out a document so I don't understand why this is not easily available.
It most certainly is important, I agree, but it is also easily available. You have to do it using OS calls or calls to your printer driver - not to Acrobat, since it has nothing to do with Acrobat.
>I should mention that we also have the Distiller Application
Distiller converts PostScript to PDF, nothing else, so it doesn't come
into the picture.
Thanks to all who responded.
I now feel like I have a much better understanding of the problem.