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Old 05-12-2008, 12:01 PM   #1
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PDF creation issue (and Don't Start!)

I'm working on migrating to WinXP, and I'm having a problem creating tagged e-book PDFs (actually, any PDFs at all). I suspect my problem is in irreconcilable sw/os versions: Windows XP, Acrobat Pro 5.0 (supposedly rated for XP), and Word 2000 (which of course never heard of XP). Word 2000 and Acrobat 5.0 worked fine on Windows 2000.

My guess is, I need to replace either Word 2000 or Acrobat 5.0. Any opinions?
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Old 05-12-2008, 01:00 PM   #2
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I'm working on migrating to WinXP, and I'm having a problem creating tagged e-book PDFs (actually, any PDFs at all). I suspect my problem is in irreconcilable sw/os versions: Windows XP, Acrobat Pro 5.0 (supposedly rated for XP), and Word 2000 (which of course never heard of XP). Word 2000 and Acrobat 5.0 worked fine on Windows 2000.

My guess is, I need to replace either Word 2000 or Acrobat 5.0. Any opinions?
Word 2000 should run perfectly fine on XP. Not sure about Acrobat though... but that would be my suspusion of where the problem is. Than again, newer versions may not support Word 2000.

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Try creating your PDF file with the bullzip (Free PDF Printer)

www.bullzip.com

Previously used the Acrobat Pro 5 (win XP end office 2000) without problem, but spent using bullzip to be faster and free.
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Are you 'printing' the PDF or trying to use some kind of export feature from Word? Are any/all updates for the programs installed (if they're still available)?

It was a long time ago that I was running Office 2000 and Acrobat 5, but I don't recall ever having any problems making PDF's (although I never made a tagged e-book PDF).
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Old 05-12-2008, 04:19 PM   #5
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Maybe if you described what exactly is the issue we could offer some advice. "Having a problem" is not terribly descriptive...
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I'm working on migrating to WinXP, and I'm having a problem creating tagged e-book PDFs (actually, any PDFs at all). I suspect my problem is in irreconcilable sw/os versions: Windows XP, Acrobat Pro 5.0 (supposedly rated for XP), and Word 2000 (which of course never heard of XP). Word 2000 and Acrobat 5.0 worked fine on Windows 2000.

My guess is, I need to replace either Word 2000 or Acrobat 5.0. Any opinions?
All of the applications you mention work on all the Operating Systems you mention. Back all the way up and expand on "the problem". What problem? Error messages? Screen Captures of the problem?
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Okay, what happens is simple:

In Word, there is the Acrobat icon in the upper menu (two, actually, one for creating a PDF, one for creating and e-mailing the PDF). These are installed when you load Acrobat onto your PC. With a Word document open, you simply click on one of these icons to start the PDF process.

Using the icon as I always have, I clicked on it with an open document onscreen. The PDF process starts, but before it gets more than about ten seconds into the process--I believe that's the "done with setup, now printing pages" stage--the PDF application freezes, and will not release.

CTRL-ALT-DELETE will bring up the App Manager, at which point you will see 2 PDF functions running. Selecting and shutting down either of them will close Word, and the frozen print box, but the document will stay in the printer queue until you restart Windows.

See? Simple.

I have the same result when I use the File-Print method and select the Acrobat driver from the print menu.

Anyway, this same process has always worked under Win2K, Word2K and Acrobat 5. @AnemicOak, I manually installed each program with the same functions on each platform. WinXP is the only new variable here, but I suspect it might be Word2K that is the hangup, just because it's the oldest of the applications, and there was no WinXP to sync it to.

@junior: I've never heard of bullzip. Does it also tag PDF files for reflowing?
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Old 05-13-2008, 08:58 AM   #8
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The Word PDF functions all use Distiller in the background. Try running a simple PostScript program through Distiller. If you don't have one, here you go:

Code:
%!PS

/Helvetica 14 selectfont
72 500 moveto
(Hello World!) show
showpage
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Old 05-13-2008, 09:15 AM   #9
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The Word PDF functions all use Distiller in the background. Try running a simple PostScript program through Distiller. If you don't have one, here you go:

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%!PS

/Helvetica 14 selectfont
72 500 moveto
(Hello World!) show
showpage
Okay... and what's supposed to happen if it works? If it doesn't? If my PC laughs at me and tips over sideways?

How does this relate to the tagging issue, or does it at all?
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You described a problem with PDF creation out of Word.
PDF creation out of Word uses Distiller.
Let's check Distiller. Basic troubleshooting 101.

What does Distiller do? Turn PostScript into PDF.
Let's give Steve dead-simple PostScript.

Distill it. Does it work? Meaning, does it create a PDF with the text "Hello World" printed on it in 14pt Helvetica, which should be self-apparent? Or does it fail? If it fails, then provide a description of the failure.

Either we've eliminated Distiller as the source of the problem, or we've identified it as the problem and redress it.
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Okay, I'll check that. Thanks!

(At the moment, I'm at work, and my home internet connection has been problematic, so you won't hear more from me on this subject before maybe tonight or more likely tomorrow at this time.)
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Steve,

I think Tylor is giving you some great troubleshooting steps. One question did you install Word2K first then Adobe Pro 5.0 second. Sometimes the order of installs can cause configuration problems. If you are able to print using Word then I would try uninstalling Adobe Pro 5.0 and reinstalling the app.

If you are in a bind and need to get these PDF out in a hurry there are two free programs out there that work fantastically.

OpenOffice.org has a PDF export function that creates excellent PDF. You can make the PDF's tagged, secured, encrypted (password), compress images,etc.... OO also works flawlessly with word documents.

PrimoPDF This comes installed on our work PC, not as nice as OO but does the job.
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Steve,

You might like to try FinePrint PDFFactory (http://www.fineprint.com) to print to PDF. It works great, and I've used it with Word 2000 under XP. It's a cheap program with a downloadable demo version.
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Progress report:

Successful Distiller test, but PDF still had lockup.

I decided to offload Acrobat and re-load it again, per =X='s suggestion, not because of the installation order, but just because I've recently installed a lot of other SW... also, the Acrobat install was a 2-step process of installing an earlier version, then loading the 5.0 upgrade on top of it.

I've tested from the Word icon, and now it's working! I can only assume something I loaded after Word and Acrobat was interfering... possibly my printer driver installation, but I have no way of knowing what.

Thanks for the help and suggestions, everyone!
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Okay, what happens is simple:
@junior: I've never heard of bullzip. Does it also tag PDF files for reflowing?
Hi Steve,

Bullzip by default creates PDF files reflowing.

Be worth it!
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