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Re: trouble printing to PDF
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Apr 21, 2011 2:34 AM


I tried hard a few years ago to produce html pages from Mathematica only to discover that the process was inconsistent and unreliable. Then I gave up. I guess the golden rule here is to always choose the right tool for the task at hand and not waste time as I did. There are excellent programs (both commercial and open source) for producing web pages and there are excellent ones for typesetting documents, including very complex technical ones and they work extremely well, are reliable and offer all sorts of sophisticated features which allow very fine control and tuning on the output.
Good day.
On Tue, Apr 19, 2011 at 12:57 PM, Alexei Boulbitch <alexei.boulbitch@iee.lu> wrote: > I would like to confirm that having to regularly produce PDF documents out of papers written in Mathematica, > I have the same type of problems. > > I produce PDFs always within Save As...>PDF approach. The problems started after the version 6, while with 6 it has been fine. > > With the version 7 I personally estimate the PDF creation problem as a catastrophe. > > With the version 8 it became somewhat better, though it is far from being satisfactory. It means that typically after half an hour > fighting against Mathematica you may succeed to get the PDF file but also may not. I have the impression that the Mathematica PDF > creator succeeds randomly. So you need to try to make the PDF document many times and once you will get it. Probably. > Let alone that after you have succeeded, you typically notice that something should be improved and you need to start > from the beginning. > > One difference that I may have with respect to some other people is that I typically make the PDF out of the JournalArticle Style > notebooks and even a slightly modified JournalArticle. > > Nevertheless, here are few practical advices, if you absolutely believe that you need to transform some Mathematica notebook into PDF: > > 1. Disable "Dynamic Updating" (Menu/Evaluation/Dynamic Updating Enabled) before printing to PDF, and try. In the version 8 this alone > often helps, especially if you need to transform a small paper. > > 2. If PDF nevertheless, cannot be produced, > think about making the graphics (at least the most heavy one) outside of your document and copypaste > into the notbook that you will transdoem only the graphics, but not the code producing this graphics (This was > my way to make PDF during the version 7, but it helps sometimes also with 8.01). > > 3. In general, avoid the code, especially the active one in the document that is to be transformed into PDF. > > This last advice > contradicts to the common sense, since it is the possibility to have the document together with the active code and its results > which is the main advantage of Mathematica with respect to all other document creating tools. > > > For this reason I impatiently wait for the improvement in this area. > > Do not get me wrong: Mathematica is still the best:) > > Alexei > > > > > > > > > Is there any particular reason why you're not using Save As...> PDF? > That works quite well for me. It also gives the option to write graphs either > as vector or as bitmap representations which reduces the file size consider ably > for notebooks containing lots of graphs (especially 3D). > > Heike > > > On 15 Apr 2011, at 08:56, sibir wrote: > >> Already with version 7 I was not able to reliably print to the Adobe >> PDF "printer" under Windows XP. >> Now I run version 8 under Windows 7 with Acrobat 9 Standard and the >> problems continue. >> Just tried freeware PDFCreator and it also renders Mathematica >> unresponsive. >> >> What is going on? Am I the only one? Is there a workaround? >> > >  > Alexei Boulbitch, Dr. habil. > Senior Scientist > Material Development > > IEE S.A. > ZAE Weiergewan > 11, rue Edmond Reuter > L5326 CONTERN > Luxembourg > > Tel: +352 2454 2566 > Fax: +352 2454 3566 > Mobile: +49 (0) 151 52 40 66 44 > > email: alexei.boulbitch@iee.lu > > www.iee.lu > >  > > This email may contain trade secrets or privileged, undisclosed or > otherwise confidential information. If you are not the intended > recipient and have received this email in error, you are hereby > notified that any review, copying or distribution of it is strictly > prohibited. Please inform us immediately and destroy the original > transmittal from your system. Thank you for your cooperation. > > >



