In all cases of this type I encountered myself or came across, the FILE: 
port "disappeared" after Acrobat was installed or upgraded (i.e. not 
related to any user-related action).

Shlomo Perets

Training, consulting & add-ons: FrameMaker, Structured FM and Acrobat

>---------- Original message ----------
>From: Roger Fienhold Sheen <infotexture at>
>Date: Aug 11, 2006 4:14 PM
>Subject: Re: FM Error: "Cannot write to specified print file"
>To: rebecca officer <rebecca.officer at>
>Hi Rebecca,
>Thanks--that solved the problem!
>I've since discovered that this issue is documented as ATN 331115 on
>the Adobe Support site at
>On 8/9/06, rebecca officer <rebecca.officer at> wrote:
>>Hi Roger
>>Make sure he has a "FILE:" port in his printer setup. Nothing has to use 
>>it, it just has to exist. To check if it exists, open up the properties 
>>for any printer and check the ports tab. If it doesn't exist, note the 
>>port that the printer is currently using, then add the FILE: port as a 
>>new port. It's a local port. When you add it, Windows will set the 
>>current printer to use it. Return the current printer to its previous 
>>port, click okay.
>>Cheers, Rebecca
>> >>> Roger Fienhold Sheen <infotexture at> 9/08/06 04:15 >>>
>>A colleague of mine is receiving the "Cannot write to specified print file"
>>error message whenever he tries to print to a PostScript file using Acrobat
>>Distiller (FM 6.0, Acrobat 5.0, WinXP).

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