Rob Shell asked: > I am still using FM 8.2 on an XP platform with 4 gigs of ram. My pdf project > is at 5,677 pages; heavily indexed and illustrated. I am having problems > generating a pdf in the "save as" method. Crashes with no clues except the > arcane (to me) generated error file. Have I arrived at the outer reaches? > Shorter files (1,000 pp) generate as smoothly as silk. Must I move to > structured format? No, most likely you simply have something on one particular page thatone or both of the tools doesn't like. Have you tried printing the document to PostScript and then distilling the PostScript explicitly? That way you can see whether the glitch is in the way FrameMaker and the printer driver produce the PostScript or in the way Distiller processes the PostScript to PDF (both of which happen "under the hood" in the Save As PDF" method).
And whatever error message(s) you get should identify the page on which the tool choked, so you can zero in on the problem area that way. (Note that Acrobat will often report that it was printing a page that is one or two pages in front of where the actual problem is located, because there are usually a couple of pages in the pipeline at any given moment.) Once you have an approximate page number for the failure, you can verify that you can successfully print all pages up to the problem area, and whether attempting to print a page range starting at the problem area still produces a fault. Then it's usually a matter of examining the pages in the problem area and figuring out what the tool is choking on. I recently had a case where one particular figure would *always* crash Distiller if it was inserted as PDF (even after replacing the figure with a new PDF image freshly generated from the Visio source) but worked fine if inserted as EPS. Also, what printer driver are you using? Unless it's the "Adobe PDF"driver, you could be running up against some peculiarity in a driverthat is designed for a physical output device rather than PDF creation. -Fred Ridder _________________________________________________________________ Share life as it happens with the new Windows Live.Download today it's FREE! http://www.windowslive.com/share.html?ocid=TXT_TAGLM_Wave2_sharelife_112007