Whenever you print certain PDFs to a physical printer, the documents don’t print correctly, or the printing process takes an unusually long time.
When you print a file, the Windows Graphics Device Interface (GDI) transmits 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 contains, 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, follow these steps 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 no PCL 6 driver is listed, check the printer manufacturer website for an available driver for your printer.
- Click Print.
Print as image
If the issue still persists, or you were already using a PCL 6 driver, you can usually fix these types of printing problems by going into the Advanced Printing preferences. Select Image from the Print Engine dropdown.
To change the setting and print:
- In Revu, select File > Print (Ctrl+P).
- Click Advanced.
The Advanced Printing dialog opens.
- Select Image from the Printing Engine dropdown list, and then click OK.
- Click Print.