can't make pdf -- distiller failure

can't make pdf -- distiller failure

Post by bella fort » Fri, 10 Oct 2003 00:03:19


I am running PM 7.0; Acrobat 5.5; Distiller 5.0

Each time I try to export to PDF I get an error "Acrodist has caused
an error in Acrodistdll.dll" and the export fails. I have tried every
setting variation I can find. I have printed to a PS file and get the
same thing using Distiller.

Not having any trouble with Acrobat in other applications.

Any ideas?

Wm Voss
 
 
 

can't make pdf -- distiller failure

Post by Dick Margu » Fri, 10 Oct 2003 06:15:20


Hi Wm,

Nice to see you over here. Haven't seen any of your gorgeous
contributions in comp.fonts or alt.binaries.fonts lately, and was
wondering how you're doing.

This error is one I haven't seen before, but it falls generally under
the class of errors the solution to which is to reinstall PageMaker,
Acrobat, or both. Maybe the first step is to go to www.adobe.com and see
if there are patches or updates available.

Dick

 
 
 

can't make pdf -- distiller failure

Post by Helpful Ha » Fri, 10 Oct 2003 12:27:46

In article < XXXX@XXXXX.COM >, *** Margulis




I must say that the more I use Distiller and PDF creation in general,
the buggier and buggier it seems to get (a Microsoft extension causing
problems??).

I had a file yesterday that simply refused to go through Distiller from
PageMaker (it crashed the Mac every time), but worked perfectly when I
ran the same Postscript file through Distiller manually. :o\

When manually putting the Postscript file through Distiller won't work
either, you can try using a different printer driver, deleting the
Preference files for Distiller, and then going through the whole
re-install procedure.

You might also want to change the font(s) and image(s) and see what
happens - sometimes a corrupt font or image (especially Postscript
ones) can cause havoc too.


Helpful Harry
"Just trying to help whenever I can." :o)
 
 
 

can't make pdf -- distiller failure

Post by bella fort » Sat, 11 Oct 2003 05:08:58

Just spending all my time trying to get up to speed with technology.
My letterpress shop has now bottomed out to barely break even even
before I take a pay check, so we'll be closing it down in December
after 20 years.

Need a few tons of lead?

To the problem. I have re-installed both PM and Acrobat, which made no
difference. I installed both (from the same disks) on a friend's box
and had no problem making a pdf from one of my PM files, so it appears
to be my machine. I don't have a PS printer, so am using the Adobe
generic drivers, which I suppose are installed correctly. As I said, I
am not having a problem making a pdf in other programs.

I am pretty sure I have all the export settings at default -- any of
those I should look at?

I have changed fonts, as suggested by Harry, to no effect.

Wm Voss


On Wed, 08 Oct 2003 17:15:20 -0400, *** Margulis < XXXX@XXXXX.COM >
 
 
 

can't make pdf -- distiller failure

Post by Dick Margu » Sat, 11 Oct 2003 05:58:14


Would that I could. But I _know_ you are not going to s *** all that
type. There are printing museums around the country that may well be
interested. And there's always eBay.


Just had another thought. Look in your TEMP directory (maybe
Windows\Temp). In fact, better yet, Start > Find > Files or Folders and
look for all *.tmp files. See what directory or directories they're in
and clean out all that the system will let you delete. In particular, if
you see any that start with "Pnnn," those are PageMaker temp files and
may be causing your trouble.
 
 
 

can't make pdf -- distiller failure

Post by BigJohn » Sat, 11 Oct 2003 06:47:47

Hi, Bella,

I can only suggest a reinstall.

Have a look at:
"Installing and Setting Up PM7's Export?Adobe PDF? (Windows)
http://www.yqcomputer.com/


-- Iechyd da! John. Glannaumersi, Lloegr
Written at Thu, 09 Oct 2003 22:36 +0100, probably posted later
Using Virtual Access 6.0 build 5 on Windows 2000 build 2195.
 
 
 

can't make pdf -- distiller failure

Post by bella fort » Sat, 11 Oct 2003 10:29:14

Un-installed and re-installed both PM and Acrobat. No joy; same error
as before. Quite frustrating

Wm Voss

On Thu, 09 Oct 2003 22:47:47 +0100, BigJohnD < XXXX@XXXXX.COM >
 
 
 

can't make pdf -- distiller failure

Post by Ike » Sun, 12 Oct 2003 01:35:16

On Wed, 08 Oct 2003 15:03:19 GMT bella fortuni
< XXXX@XXXXX.COM > wrote :


Does this happen with all files or just one in particular?

If it's just one file I have had some success at cutting up a layout
in half. I then try the first half and see if it fails. I then try the
second half to see if it succeeds. I keep cutting the offending half
in half until I find the object that is causing the failure. You may
want to try removing all the images and see if the text will create
your PDF. You may want to remove all the text and see if the images
will be successful. Keep whittling the file down until you find the
offending object. I have used this method to find that it was an
imbedded color profile that caused Distiller to fail. Keep in mind it
may be more than one object.

ps: I never reinstall my apps at the first sign of failure when it is
just one file that gives a problem. And, I'd be loathe to reinstall
PageMaker when it is one of the more time consuming apps to set up for
your work habits.
 
 
 

can't make pdf -- distiller failure

Post by bella fort » Sun, 12 Oct 2003 04:56:00

It occurs with any pagemaker file, no matter the content. I made one
this morning that contained nothing but a cap Arial A with all
settings to default. It failed on export just as the others.

Wm Voss

On Fri, 10 Oct 2003 09:35:16 -0700, Ike < XXXX@XXXXX.COM >
 
 
 

can't make pdf -- distiller failure

Post by Ike » Fri, 17 Oct 2003 03:22:20

On Fri, 10 Oct 2003 19:56:00 GMT bella fortuni
< XXXX@XXXXX.COM > wrote :


Have you tried searching all of drive C for Acrodistdll.dll to see if
there are multiple versions of this file causing a conflict?
 
 
 

can't make pdf -- distiller failure

Post by rhys » Sun, 19 Oct 2003 03:06:34

On Thu, 09 Oct 2003 20:08:58 GMT, bella fortuni


I know this might seem like sacrilege to a printer, but if the lead
type is hardened with 3 to 4% antimony, as automobile balancing
weights are, it is quite attractive to home boat builders who can use
it to cast lead keels for sailboats.

I only know this because my design work pays for my boating!

R.
 
 
 

can't make pdf -- distiller failure

Post by bella fort » Mon, 20 Oct 2003 08:36:35

Actually, monotype (only hacks use lino) has 5% or more antimony in
the metal.

Whatever isn't kept or sold will be given away, first come first
served.

Wm Voss
 
 
 

can't make pdf -- distiller failure

Post by bella fort » Mon, 20 Oct 2003 08:38:28

Only one instance and it is identical line for line to that on a
friend's box that has no trouble making a pdf from one of my pm files.
I've given up, but thank all who have responded

Wm Voss

On Wed, 15 Oct 2003 11:22:20 -0700, Ike < XXXX@XXXXX.COM >
 
 
 

can't make pdf -- distiller failure

Post by rhys » Wed, 22 Oct 2003 02:55:58

On Sat, 18 Oct 2003 23:36:35 GMT, bella fortuni



That still may be of interest. I don't cast keels, but I read about
people who do, and I know a primary source is wheel weights. Battery
plates seem to be wrong, somehow, perhaps because safely disposing of
a car battery is hazardous.

I suggest to post on rec.boats.building that you have lots of lead to
give away or sell cheaply. Assuming you don't care whether it's ever
used as type again, you may get some local enthusiast to cart it away
for you.

R.
 
 
 

can't make pdf -- distiller failure

Post by Ike » Thu, 23 Oct 2003 03:07:58

On Mon, 20 Oct 2003 13:55:58 -0400 XXXX@XXXXX.COM wrote :



Black powder enthusiasts will also use it for casting balls (bullets).
Try there, too.