Foxit PDF Reader printing issues

Discussion in 'Freeware' started by H-Man, Oct 3, 2005.

  1. H-Man

    H-Man Guest

    I'm sure I've read this in this group before, but I've looked and can't
    find the thread regarding it.

    I'm using Foxit PDF Reader. Is it normal for this to print many orders of
    magnitude slower than the Adobe reader. It's so slow that it's unuseable
    for most purposes. A several page document can print for 30 minutes or
    more. Work around?
    H-Man, Oct 3, 2005
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    Baldie Guest

    I've not had this problem on the two machines I have installed on. Prints
    as fast as Adobe!
    Baldie, Oct 3, 2005
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  3. On one machine here it does not print at all, on the other it takes
    ages before it starts printing.

    Steve Ericson, Oct 4, 2005
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    This seems extremely odd to me. I have used both extensively, and have
    not found that print-out speeds were a function of either Adobe or
    Foxit, but rather of the computer and printer themselves.

    Foxit performs with lightning speed on my computer and printer. No
    complaints here.
    Chief Suspect, Oct 5, 2005
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    Urban Ek Guest

    Yep, takes very long time to start printing here too.
    Urban Ek, Oct 5, 2005
  6. Freezes on mine - otherwise I'd have dumped Acrobat by now.
    GlintingHedgehog, Oct 5, 2005
  7. H-Man

    H-Man Guest

    Don'tja just love this.
    I'm printing to a network printer, works fine from my laptop, not so fine
    from my desktop. As far as I can see, all things look equal. Adobe prints
    fine from either machine, not Foxit though.
    What a pain!
    H-Man, Oct 6, 2005
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    Mike S. Guest

    My printing issue concerns appearance. For some reason, the fonts are
    rendered differently when Foxit prints a file compared with the Adobe
    reader, and the Foxit is definitely less readable on low resolution
    devices like a 300 dpi laser printer.
    Mike S., Oct 6, 2005
  9. H-Man

    H-Man Guest

    More info in case anyone cares.
    The printer was a HP LJ1100, on a W2KServer.
    Both machines printing are XP SP2
    I uninstalled the printer on the desktop, and re-installed it. I chose not
    to keep the existing drivers. The install went smooth and the desktop now
    prints from Foxit as quickly as it does from Acrobat. Seems it was a driver
    version issue, although I have no idea why this should be an issue from
    Foxit and not Acrobat. Now all they need to have done is to fix the
    external file linksproblem and I'm a happy camper.

    Looking deeper into the printing issue, it appears as though Foxit has some
    real issues with this. It seems hit and miss depending on the client
    machine. It is my belief that they should either abandon the printing
    library they are using, or rework the printing routines to accomodate this.
    Obviously these printing issues are within Foxit cause even the programs I
    wrote myself in VB didn't have any problems printing. Part of the problem
    could be in that keeping the program so compact, it is difficult, if not
    impossible to accomodate the same range of driver quirks as the much more
    bloated alternatives. As with anyone else here, I really love this product,
    and as it matures I think it will replace Acrobat for me.
    H-Man, Oct 6, 2005
  10. H-Man

    H-Man Guest

    I think this may have a lot to do with how the program writes to the
    printer driver. If you have a printer that will work with more than one
    driver, maybe emmulates an HP LJ model, then try a diffferent compatible
    driver. If not it may be that some rework from the developers is necessary.
    H-Man, Oct 6, 2005
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    Mike S. Guest

    The printer **IS** an HP LJ model, and it is using the included
    MS-certified driver.
    Mike S., Oct 7, 2005
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    H-Man Guest

    Is it the driver supplied with XP, or is it the driver supplied with the
    printer? If it's the driver supplied with XP then I'm out of ideas, cuase
    this is what worked for me. Seems to me though that, in my case anyway,
    changing the driver to the (MS) driver shouldn't really have fixed
    anything, seeing as the HP driver worked for every other application, but
    amazingly enough it did.
    H-Man, Oct 7, 2005
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    Mike S. Guest

    It's a Win2kSP4 machine using the native Windows drivers provided by
    Mike S., Oct 7, 2005
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    Oct 8, 2018
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    This comment was made by someone from Foxit. Their driver stopped working and that's the reason I moved back to Adobe.
    mmayo, Oct 8, 2018
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