Whenever you print certain PDFs to a physical printer, the documents don’t print correctly, or the printing process takes an unusually long time.
Whenever you print a file, the Windows GDI process creates PostScript (PS) files that are sent to a physical printer. The printer converts these files into printed page content.
During the conversion process, fonts and other printed elements are broken down into data points that represent arcs, curves, transparencies, etc. and are sent to the printer. The more PostScript data your file has, the longer it will take to print. If your file has a high word count, or more complex graphical data like line merge, transparency, and hatch patterns, your file will take longer to print.
There are a few things you can do to resolve the issue:
Use a PCL printer driver if you’re not already doing so
PCL 6 drivers help compatible printers translate GDI to PCL 6 faster than converting PostScript data, because PCL 6 commands are designed to closely match Microsoft Windows GDI commands.
Assuming there’s already a PCL 6 driver installed on your machine for your printer, you can follow the steps listed below to select it.
- Initiate the print process in Revu by going to File > Print (Ctrl+P) .
- Choose the PCL 6 version of your printer from the Name dropdown list, located at the top of the Print dialog box.
If you don’t see one listed, please check the manufacturer website to see if there’s a PCL 6 driver available for your printer.
- Click Print.
Print as image
If the issue still persists, or you were already using a PCL 6 driver in the first place, you can usually fix these types of printing problems by going into the Advanced Printing preferences, and selecting Image from the Print Engine dropdown.
Doing this sends the document to the printer as an image instead of a combination of different elements.
To change the setting:
- Initiate the print process in Revu by going to File > Print or using keyboard shortcut Ctrl+P.
- Click the Advanced button in the lower left.
The Advanced Printing dialog opens.
- Choose Image from the Printing Engine dropdown list, and then click OK to close the Advanced Printing dialog box.
- In the Print dialog, click Apply, and then Print.
Print From Revu (32-bit)
Most likely, you are currently running Revu in 64-bit mode. If your printer drivers are 32-bit, however, then you may experience problems printing in 64-bit software like Revu. Because of this, Revu offers a 32-bit mode which allows printers with 32-bit drivers to function properly.
To run Revu in 32-bit:
- In Windows 10, click Start > Bluebeam Software > Bluebeam Revu 2019 (32-bit).
- Once Revu opens, try printing as you normally would.
If your printer is relatively new, you should be able to find 64-bit drivers for your printer on the manufacturer’s website. If the manufacturer only offers 32-bit drivers, then you will need to use Revu in 32-bit mode in order to print.