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Print Adobe PDF problem: Device type related?


we have developed a number of adobe print forms and we face a problem. The problem is that not all types of printers can directly print (without first preview the pdf) the form.

We are using an output device with device type post2 (pdf1 works for some printers too) and access method F (Printing on Frontend computer) , but some printers work perfectly and others instead of the form, print out some postscript (or print) commands.

We can as well change our printers and get some postscipt printers but the problem is that we want to give access and print the forms some of our partners who logon to our system via VPN and we cannot "force" them to buy new printers.

Do you have any suggestion for this problem?

Thanx in advance


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    Posted on Nov 10, 2008 at 05:14 PM

    Hi Kostas,

    a note about printing adobe forms:

    Note 685571 - Printing PDF-based forms


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    • Former Member Kostas Tsioubris

      Hi Kostas,


      >Moreover we need this solution to be available to some of our partners from vpn, thus we don't really >know which device type they should use.

      So you have to generate pdf file and they will print it from Reader (as you wrote).


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    Posted on Nov 11, 2008 at 11:26 AM

    the ABAP Backend is sending a ADS-document in an XML format to the ADS Server (JAVA), the ADS returns a "Parts" for the forms. A "parts" consist of an PDF file and a print file (PostScript, PCL or ZPL), which are placed in the Global Directory. All the conversion should take place within the ADS Server.

    This "Parts" are then send as a PDF to the SAP Spooler.

    For the printing of this PDF document in the SAP Spool System one of the Device types (POST2, HPLJ4, HP9500, PDF1, AZPL203, AZPL300) is taken into account which send the actual PDF to a physical printer.

    What you see in SP01 are the "parts" of an ADS-document.

    Report RSPO0020 (for troubleshooting ADS printing issues) is displaying the "Parts", send back from ADS to the backend System

    The XDC file is the printer description in XML format, which the Adobe Document Services requires in order to create the "Parts" file. PDF documents can only be printed on printers of SAP device types for which there is an XDC file on the Adobe Document Server. Report RSPO0022 can be used to manage the mapping between the printer device type and the XDC file


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