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    Experiences with Word 2002 and Acrobat 5.0.5 (2002)

    Hello all,

    I thought I would share this with any interested parties....

    The following is a summary of what I've learned using Acrobat 5.0.5 with Word 2002 (specifically, this is about using PDFMaker to create PDF files).

    The good news:
    1)PDFmaker now functions correctly with Word 2002. The process no longer hangs.
    2)The PDFmaker toolbar now appears consistently each time Word is started. Exiting Word no longer creates transient errors.

    The bad news:
    1)The newer version of PDFmaker is MUCH slower than the older one (when the older one could by coaxed to work, it worked fairly quickly). Documents with lots of links are especially slow.
    2) When a document is being converted, Word will periodically report an "Insufficent Memory" message. When this happens, the process will hang until you tell Word it is OK to proceed. I haven't found any tips on how to avoid this problem.
    3)There is some evidence that PDFmaker will occasionally use a print driver other than Distiller. The resulting PDF file may not turn out as expected--graphics, especially may not be converted gracefully.
    4)And finally, it looks like the new PDFmaker is no better at cleaning up after itself than the old one. It still leaves files behind in the TEMP folder. If you are tight on disk space, these files need to be cleaned out periodically.

    If anyone out there had also installed the 5.0.5 upgrade, and has had experiences different from mine, please share!

    Thanks,
    Arianna

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    Re: Experiences with Word 2002 and Acrobat 5.0.5 (2002)

    More "bad news":

    5) Microsoft's Screen Tips (yellow tags over hyperlinks) are still not supported and lost in PDF

    And I agree with 1) and 2) - when I tried to convert 200-plus pages document with hyperlinks and bookmarks across all pages, it hangs (I have 850 MHz computer with 256 MB RAM and at least 5 GB of free space on H.D.). Not even "Insufficent memory" messages, simply "Not respond".

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    Re: Experiences with Word 2002 and Acrobat 5.0.5 (2002)

    So much for new and improved <sigh>

    I'm curious... when you say "hyperlinks", do you mean actual Word hyperlinks or cross-references? As I understand it, they are different animals... I've found that the "link conversion" portion of Word to PDF was the longest part of the process-- my document makes moderate use of Word cross-references. Conversion is dirt slow (about 25 min for a 100 pg, 4mb document, where it used to take 2-3 min) but it eventually works.

    Y'know, if I didn't work for software companies myself, and if I hadn't seen the dark underbelly of development processes, I'd be pretty torqued off about this.. <img src=/S/shrug.gif border=0 alt=shrug width=39 height=15>

    Arianna

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    Re: Experiences with Word 2002 and Acrobat 5.0.5 (2002)

    Arianna,

    After reading your post I'm no longer looking forward to the Acrobat 5 that I just got ordered! I have been trying to use Acrobat 4.05 with Word 2002. Could have sworn that it used to work, but now I get a Microsoft Visual Basic error 50002 every time I make an attempt at conversion. Funny that Excel files do convert, but not Word 2002.....any words of wisdom on using 4.05 with Word 2002?

    Robert

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    Re: Experiences with Word 2002 and Acrobat 5.0.5 (2002)

    Robert,
    Unfortunately, I've never used Acrobat 4.05 with Word 2002, so I can't offer much advice there. However, depending on what sort of PDF files you typically generate, Acrobat 5.0.5, even with its shortcomings, may be worth considering. The files I typically convert are pretty obnoxious, so I probably see the software as it's worst. And all my complaints aside, I AM still using it ...

    Also, I'd like to amend one of the points I made in an earlier post. The following comment:

    <<<3)There is some evidence that PDFmaker will occasionally use a print driver other than Distiller. The resulting PDF file may not turn out as expected--graphics, especially may not be converted gracefully.>>>

    ...no longer seems to be true. I haven't seen any evidence of this since my original post (or maybe I was just imagining things).

    If you would like to send me a sample file offline, I'd be happy to run it through the mill for you and let you know how things go...

    Arianna

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    Re: Experiences with Word 2002 and Acrobat 5.0.5 (2002)

    Acrobat 4x had compatibility issues with Office 2000, never mind 2002. I don't know about Excel, but it worked for me with Word 2000 until one day it went bang and wouldn't work properly again, much the same as you describe. We upgraded to 5.05 and that seems to be OK for me. The documents don't have too many links though so can't comment on that.
    What I have complained about to Adobe is that their macros turn off the Update Fields when Printing option and doesn't turn it back on afterwards. They acknowledge it is their macro that does it. Please everyone, do have a whinge at them about that so that they take some notice. Temporarily changing settings is OK, permanently changing them is not.

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