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Henry Jones

PDF file & Oce TDS400

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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?

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Are you using PDF files because you can't print directly from Vectorworks to the OCE?

I'm using VW 10.5.0 with Mac OS 10.2.6 to print over a PC network to an OCE TDS400. I was given an OCE printer description file by the PC tech guy to install in the Mac OSX print centre and have had no problems.

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We are using the PDF because the Oce requires account codes. We we pruchase the Oce last year, there was no way to enter account codes from the print dialog windows. The Oce has a web interface where we can enter account codes and upload the PDF's to the plotter. Do you have to enter an account code?

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No i don't need an account code.

The PCs in our office have OCE print exec which can print pdf and requires an account code.

With a mac we bypass this and print directly to the plotter.

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