I am using VectorWorks10 on Mac OS X. To plot, I use the OS X's PDF option to create PDF files. I then print these PDF files on an Oce TDS 400. Most of the time the files plot in one or two minutes with no problems. Every now and then, I will send a PDF file that takes forever to plot, one to two hours. I've opened the file in Preview and Acrobat Reader. Both appear fine and will print to a smaller printers. I've recreated the PDF file with the same result. I've sent the problem PDF file to Oce. They get the same results - takes an hour or two print.
As a work around, I've saved the VW file as a PS file. Then convert the file to a PDF using Acrobat Distiller 6. The problem with this work around, is that I have know idea which files will plot normally and which files need to go the Distiller route. If I send a bad file to the Oce, I can't cancel the file normally. I have to reboot the the Oce rip/server, which of course is a real pain.
I guess there is some element in the VW file that is corrupting the PDF file. Has anyone else had this problem?