Quick fix: Slow printing times with Adobe PDF’s, print as image

Adobe LogoI work in a help desk environment at my University and one issue we see the most is slower than normal printing times with Adobe PDF’s. A user will approach the desk and ask why it takes over 10 minutes for the printer to process only one single page. Well for some reason or another, the PDF will become massive ~100mb or larger in size. Most printers today do not have a buffer in them large enough to accommodate that large of a job.According to Adobe, the problem can stem from the printer being unable to handle font formats, and damaged images.

Problems can occur when you print a PDF file. For example, a PDF file can contain damaged content such as images or fonts that Acrobat cannot process during printing. Printing a PDF file as an image bypasses that processing by sending the printer a simple image of the document instead. This process can cause images and fonts to look slightly rougher, especially at the edges. However, you can specify the resolution in dots per inch (dpi) to suit your needs.

This fix applies to Adobe Reader X on PC and Adobe Reader 9 on Mac OSX, earlier versions may be affected as well. On the PC version, when you select print there will be an advanced button.

Adobe Reader Advanced Button

After selecting the advanced button there will be a “print as image” selection box that must be checked to allow for quicker printing.

Adobe Reader Print As Image

On a Mac, the procedure is similar, go to print, and on the bottom left will be an advanced button.

Adobe Reader Mac Advanced Button

Click the button then you will be presented with the next window that contains the print as image option.

Adobe Reader Mac Print As Image Button

Hopefully this helped in alleviating annoying print problems with PDF’s. Please leave a comment if this helped solve a problem for you, or if you have anything else to add.

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