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[archive] Using Scansoft as a PDF writer

[Migrated content. Thread originally posted on 25 June 2008]

Is anyone using Scansoft as a PDF creator when using AcuCobol?

One of our users has changed the pdf creator from an Adobe Acrobat product and installed Scansoft in its place.

When the COBOL program was writing to the Acrobat PDF writer, there was no problem. The document was definitely WYSIWYG.

When the document created in Scansoft is printed, the page is not formatted in relation to the different fonts and the whole page appears to be left justified. It was almost as if the rpinter was printing to an A5 page with A4 paper left in the printer.

Our IT administrator has checked settings and also used CutePDF to produce a document in the correct format.

I am almost tempted to say that if the AcuCobol program writes a PDF file and Adobe and CutePDF can process it successfully, then it appears that there might be an incompatibility between the Scansoft formatting and fonts and those set up in the AcuCobol program.

Thanks

Geoffrey
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RE: [archive] Using Scansoft as a PDF writer

If you take the outpout of the COBOL program and just send it to a text file and then import that text file into Scansoft, what are the results?

Is it formatted correctly?

My guess is that Scansoft has some default settings (even though your IT administrator checked) that are causing the formating issues.

Check the Scansoft FAQ for similar issues.
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RE: [archive] Using Scansoft as a PDF writer

Hello Dilbert,

Many thanks for your reply.

I have been given furhter inormation by our IT administrator about Scansoft.

It seems that the user who had installed Scansoft did so without properly uninstalling the Acrobat readers on his system. He then installed Scansoft prior to ensuring that Acrobat had been completely uninstalled. This created the conflicts that did not permit Scansoft to operate correctly.

This was confirmed by us downloading an evaluation copy of Scansoft and afterinstalling it, we were able to print the forms correctly.

The IT administrator has suggested that the user uninstalls Scansoft and reinstals it. She made sure there were no strays from Acrobat hanging around.

So, for now we will just wait and see.

Thanks again

Geoffrey Hashman
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