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Topic: Printing to preprinted forms: no good, 1 Attachments
Conf: (P-PDF) Developers, Msg: 67283
From: jlindwall
Date: 6/20/2002 12:26 PM

It is my belief that the PDF format is output device independent, ie if I print a PDF on printer X I should get the same results as on printer Y. By this I mean the resolution of the output may vary but the positioning of items on the page will be the same.

We use pdflib to generate PDF files that are printed on preprinted forms (eg a 1040 tax form). The positioning of the text in the PDF output is very important of course since it needs to line up with the boxes on the form.

We are finding that this is not true since we can print the same PDF file on two printers here (an HP LaserJet 4050 and an HP LasterJet 4050 TN) and the positioning differs.

I suspect that the printer's physical printable area is affecting the positioning.

We're printing from Windows NT.

I've turned off all options in the "Print" dialog that scale the output (e.g. "Shrink oversized pages to paper size") and I still see differences. I printed the attached pdf file on both printers to see what the printable area is for each. It looks like one printer has a wider left margin then the other. This of course affects the positioning.

Any ideas? Does anyone else do what we're trying to do?

Thanks!

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