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Old 12-28-2016, 02:48 PM   #1
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difficulty printing a PDF with Acroread

Recently I was sent a financial report that was an eighteen page PDF.
I have Acroread 9.5.5 installed and it is my default program for handling PDFs (in part because it is the only program I have tried that can manage an interactive PDF).

However in this case, Acroread began printing normally, but stopped after two pages;
I tried again (pages 3-18) but it printed only page 3, and stopped again;
I tried again (pages 4-18) but this time received only a “printer error” message.

I opened the PDF with Evince, but when I tried to print it, I simply received the “printer error” message.

I reopened the e-mail from which I had downloaded the PDF and attempted to open the PDF in Firefox, rather than downloading it, but it would not open in Firefox. Under other circumstances I might have been growing suspicious of the document itself, but I had already verified that other people had printed it without difficulty (Windows users, which was an added irritation).

I then opened the e-mail in Chromium, was able to open the PDF in Chromium, and it printed normally (by this time I no longer needed the document, so I could only call it a qualified success!).

I do not know why this particular document proved so difficult—and in any case, Firefox and Evince were having problems too—but I wondered if, given that Acroread for Linux seems to have been abandoned by Adobe, people are finding one of the other PDF programs a more useful substitute, either for printing or for handling interactive forms (I have taken a quick look at xpdf and Zathura, but my first impression was that they lack print commands).

Any advice will be welcome.
Old 12-28-2016, 03:18 PM   #2
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Well, I think you found your best answer already.

I have been using Chromium/Chrome for PDFs, in both Linux and Windows, for quite some time now. (If you want to use Chrome for PDFs in Windows, check this link.)

Other PDF programs I have used include: mupdf, qpdf/qpdfview and jpdftweak for modifications, but for viewing, printing and highlight-and-paste text from PDF's, Chromium seems to be the easiest and best for general usage.

HTH. Let us know.
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