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    Landscape 11x17 page won't distill to PDF properly (2000/SR2)

    I think a similar problem was reported, and solved, a few months ago, but whether it was on this list or another, I can't recall, and I'm having no luck finding a note in the archives, so...

    I've created a landscape-oriented 11"x17" page in Word 2000 (SR2) and tried to create a PDF (same size page and orientation) using Acrobat 5. I tried this first with PDFMaker from Word, and then (when that didn't work) by printing to PS and distilling the PS file. Both methods gave the same result: the PDF is the correct size and shape, but the content is oriented at right angles to the page, so part of the content is cut off.

    What am I missing here? Is this a Word problem, or an Acrobat problem, or user error? I'll accept any work-around, as long as it works. I must ship a single PDF. Help!

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    Re: Landscape 11x17 page won't distill to PDF properly (2000/SR2)

    what printer driver are you using to create the .prn file? how do you have the page orientation set up and have you looked in the distiller options?

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    Re: Landscape 11x17 page won't distill to PDF properly (2000/SR2)

    >what printer driver are you using to create the .prn file?
    Acrobat distiller. I believe it is the latest one for Acrobat 5.

    >how do you have the page orientation set up
    Landscape, in both Word and Acrobat Distiller

    >and have you looked in the distiller options?
    Yes. I've tried both landscape and portrait orientations, and the results was the same: the contents of the page came out oriented 90 degrees off the page orientation, so part of the page gets cut off.

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    Re: Landscape 11x17 page won't distill to PDF properly (2000/SR2)

    The distiller printer driver is a tricky thing. Do you have another printer driver available that is a PS printer? If so, try using that printer driver and save as a .prn file. Then open up Distiller and try distilling the .prn file that way.

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    Re: Landscape 11x17 page won't distill to PDF properly (2000/SR2)

    In Word, go to Acrobat menu.

    Click on Change Conversion Settings | Edit Conversion Settings.

    On the General tab, swop the Width and Height settings.

    Use Save As and give a new name.

    Now create your PDF file.

    Not convinced it will work but it will only take seconds and do no harm. Any port in a storm.

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    Re: Landscape 11x17 page won't distill to PDF properly (2000/SR2)

    MYSTERY SOLVED!

    I found the setting that must have been causing the problem, because when I changed it, the PDF was created successfully.

    The setting? From Word's menu bar, click File > Print, then on the Print dialog click the Options button in the lower left corner. This goes to the Print Options dialog. (You can also get there by Tools > Options > Print tab.) Turns out that "Allow A4/Letter paper resizing" was ticked. When I unticked that box, all worked as advertised.

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