Fred, Karen, et al. Thanks for all of the responses. sorry I didn't respond earlier, but just after I posted this message, my IT guy came down to see if he could troubleshoot - and at least I was able to reproduce the problem.
Long story short - I will be humming along making PDFs no problem and then boom, all of a sudden, the PDF is either gi-normous (like over 2000%) or I get a series of really small pages all stacked vertically. Sometimes, it will "reset" itself without any rebooting, etc. and other times, I have to either: 1.) Just shut down Framemaker, Distiller and PDF and then re-open all the apps. 2) Reboot the whole PC. I can't find a rhyme or reason to why it happens, when it is going to happen, etc. There's no magic number of generating PDFs or one PDF in particular that causes it. When my IT guys were here, the saw exactly the same thing - he generated the PDF six times in a row with problems, then boom, on the 7th time, it generated just fine without any shut down of apps, rebooting,etc., but then the next go-round, we had to reboot to get a PDF to generate. Very annoying problem, and very time consuming and hunting all over the place (googling, Adobe, etc.), I have found the exact same comments/problems but no apparent resolution either than to grit your teeth, take a deep breath and reboot. I wonder if Adobe will have any comments about this eventually. Thanks for all the responses - at least what I was seeing was validated by others! TVB Tammy Van Boening Senior Technical Writer Jeppesen Sanderson, Inc. 303-328-4420 tammy.vanboening at jeppesen.com "Karen Mardahl" <k.mardahl at gmail.com> 03/22/2006 08:02 AM To "Tammy.VanBoening at jeppesen.com" <Tammy.VanBoening at jeppesen.com>, framers at frameusers.com cc Subject Re: Weird, sudden problem distilling postscript files Hi Tammy Possible solution: Try the simple trick of just shutting down Frame and Acrobat and Distiller, and then start over. This happened to me about 1 year ago, but I could not find my internal correspondance with colleagues about it. Freakily enough, the same thing happened to me just yesterday. Exact same environment as yours. (Previous disaster was with FM 6.0, Acrobat 5.0.5, and Win2K.) My PDF was set to 1496%!!! I duplicated the problem 4 times. 2 days previous, my PDF was fine. Only difference was producing a PDF from a Word file earlier that day. Couldn't understand how that affected it. Went home in disgust. Shut down apps but did not shut down machine. Came in today, looked in vain for possible solution in PDF Hacks. Tried once more - and it was perfect! "Normal" size. Conclusion: This is why I say just shut down all apps, take a deep breath, and start over. WHY this happened, I don't know. Unless somehow, while on the Print dialog in Frame, focus went to the percentage field and I hit a few keys without noticing before I hit Print??? Don't think so.. Hope this helps. regards, Karen Mardahl On 3/21/06, Tammy.VanBoening at jeppesen.com <Tammy.VanBoening at jeppesen.com> wrote: > Framemaker 7.1p116, Windows XP (with all patches), Adobe distiller 7.0.7, > Adobe Acrobat Professional 7.0.7 > > I have been using this setup to successfully create post-script files from > Framemaker source files and then distilling the postscript files into pdfs > for quite a while now. When I create postscript files, I use watched > folders, the Adobe PDF printer, and my job options are standard with the > first page to open at the Default Zoom level, page size 8.5 x 11. All of a > sudden, any and every PDF I create this way is beyond hosed. Each PDF > opens at some gi-normous magnification (like 2000%) and the graphics are > completely non-readable. If I set the magnification in Adobe Acrobat to > 125%, then I get a string of really tiny pages. So . . .. I had two > colleagues take the same source files and create a PS file and then > distill it into a PDF using Acrobat distiller/Acrobat Professional 6.0 and > their PDFs are fine - > > and if I use their postscript files on my system, I have no problems > creating a PDF - so obviously something has gone violently and suddenly > wrong with my Framemaker installation/Adobe PDF printer, right but what, > and how? > > I am stumped. > > Thanks, > > TVB > > Tammy Van Boening > Senior Technical Writer > Jeppesen Sanderson, Inc. > 303-328-4420 > tammy.vanboening at jeppesen.com