Subscriber Carolyn wrote about a problem trying to print a Adobe PDF file:
Can you tell me if there is a way to convert something on Acrobat 9.0 to a Word file?
I have an 11-page Acrobat document that I want to print but every time I do, the first 2 pages come out fine and the rest of it is just [garbage characters]. It’s something that other people seem to have printed just fine, but I cannot. However, I also can’t figure out how to save it as a Word document, since there is no Save As on this version!
I wrote back to Carolyn to ask if she meant Adobe Acrobat 9.0 or Adobe Reader 9.0?
Adobe Acrobat is the editor which allows you to copy, to highlight, to save in different formats, etc.. Adobe Reader only allows you to read PDF files.
Even with Adobe Acrobat, the author has a lot of choices for Digital Rights Management (DRM). The author can prevent you from printing, highlighting text and copying it to another document, etc. You could be out of luck.
However, if other people are successfully printing that file, it may your settings on your computer – or a corrupted Acrobat file.
Personally, if everything else seems to work, I’d take the shortcut of installing the free Foxit Reader and opening the file in it – and printing from it.
I routinely use Foxit Reader and don’t even have Adobe Reader installed on my notebook.
By the way, I have Adobe Acrobat Professional 8 at work. Although I can save a PDF in Word format, unless it’s a very plain file, the formatting is almost always messed up by the conversion. I doubt that you’d get something that you would want to print.
Carolyn wrote back to report success:
Thanks – Foxit worked.