I thought I recalled Dov Isaacs explaining this as a Windows problem, rather than a FrameMaker problem. I found the following quote from him online, which appears to reference what was later called the fntcache.dat bug (and fixed with a hotfix and, later, Windows update), and a Windows bug relating to large page sizes and large fonts. I don't know if that one was ever fixed and may still require setting a lower dpi as a workaround. (I would note that I have no text or image dropout at 1200 dpi on Windows 7.)

NOTE: The following is a 10-year old quote:
"(2) There is a known problem with FrameMaker under Windows only in which text may disappear from the output page (i.e., selective text dropout) when printing to PostScript devices, including Acrobat Distiller. Unfortunately, the problem is NOT reproducible from system to system or document to document either user sites or within Adobe itself. What we do know is that the larger the logical page size in combination with higher resolution settings aggravates the problems (i.e., makes it more likely that you will actually see the symptom). It is for this reason that we most strongly recommend that you NEVER use a Windows PostScript printer driver setting higher than 600 dpi with FrameMaker. If necessary to print to a higher resolution device, create PDF first (with the Adobe Distiller / Adobe PDF PostScript printer driver instance set to no more than 600 dpi) and then do the final print from Acrobat / Adobe Reader to the actual print device. In the rare instances where there is still selective text dropout, set the driver resolution to 300 dpi. We know of no situations in which the selective text dropout persists at the 300 dpi setting. What are the ramifications of the lower resolution settings? The resolution of image data is not downsampled or degraded by this resolution setting. Nor is any damage done to vector graphics or the quality of text. What it does control for FrameMaker is the granularity of spacing, especially of text. Setting 600 dpi permits "only" 600 starting positions per inch and interword spacing in 1/600 inch increments. Images and vector graphics positioning is likewise limited to such increments. At 300 dpi, the value falls to 300 starting positions and 1/300 inch increments. Anything under 300 dpi is absolutely not recommended and could yield some rather gnarly text spacing. Again, we recommend you start at 600 dpi and stay with that if you have no problems. (Note also that 600 dpi gets around another Windows GDI bug in which text formatted in larger point sizes is converted to unhinted outlines. 600 dpi allow for text in pointsizes up to approximately 100 points to remain as text for printing purposes.)"
On 10/25/2014 10:40 AM, Heiko Haida wrote:

Hi Alison,

I also had problems to print some single pages to PDF in a larger DIN A3 format: The content was displayed partially, the page was not completely shown (without error message). First I thought the graphic files were corrupt, as taking out the graphics would at least produce a PDF.

Then I found that the distiller profile was set to 2400 dpi, and after reducing this to 1200 dpi everything was fine.
I don't like it, but it seems FM has some internal memory problems here.

Maybe this also applies to your problem.

Best regards - Tino H. Haida, Berlin


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