Microsoft Office Doc Image Writer is still printing ghosts and it's totally freaking me out!!!!!!!


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JethroUK©

Every time i use 'Microsoft Office (2003) Doc Image Writer' (no printer at
home) no printed document appears - ever!!!

But when I try to reprint the document it's 'dis-embodied' ghost appears
only in the save as dialogue box (even after a reboot)

I think this is yet another Vista bug (Vista can't see/find existing
documents)

I've reported this before without cure

Anyone know the name of it's predecessor (we use at work) which works
perfectly - creates it's own document type albeit can't remember the
extension
 
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Terry Farrell

I cannot repeat the problem. But if you are using this because you don't
have a printer at home, it isn't the best solution. Just install your work's
printer driver. It doesn't matter that you don't have a printer or it isn't
connected, it is the printer driver that Word needs to see and using the
'normal' printer driver is the best solution as it ensure compatibility.
 
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Synapse Syndrome

JethroUK© said:
Every time i use 'Microsoft Office (2003) Doc Image Writer' (no printer
at home) no printed document appears - ever!!!

But when I try to reprint the document it's 'dis-embodied' ghost appears
only in the save as dialogue box (even after a reboot)

I think this is yet another Vista bug (Vista can't see/find existing
documents)

I've reported this before without cure

Anyone know the name of it's predecessor (we use at work) which works
perfectly - creates it's own document type albeit can't remember the
extension
Just use the .XPS printer instead, which is rather like PDF, althouhg not so
universal. Alternatively, install one of the many free PDF printer drivers
and use that. TinyPDF is good, but you have to make sure you get the right
link, for the updated driver that does not make you download any further
trial software, IIRC.

http://www.tinypdf.com/

ss.
 
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ole

JethroUK© said:
Every time i use 'Microsoft Office (2003) Doc Image Writer' (no printer at
home) no printed document appears - ever!!!

But when I try to reprint the document it's 'dis-embodied' ghost appears
only in the save as dialogue box (even after a reboot)

I think this is yet another Vista bug (Vista can't see/find existing
documents)

I've reported this before without cure

Anyone know the name of it's predecessor (we use at work) which works
perfectly - creates it's own document type albeit can't remember the
extension
 
O

ole

JethroUK© said:
Every time i use 'Microsoft Office (2003) Doc Image Writer' (no printer at
home) no printed document appears - ever!!!

But when I try to reprint the document it's 'dis-embodied' ghost appears
only in the save as dialogue box (even after a reboot)

I think this is yet another Vista bug (Vista can't see/find existing
documents)

I've reported this before without cure

Anyone know the name of it's predecessor (we use at work) which works
perfectly - creates it's own document type albeit can't remember the
extension
 
O

ole

JethroUK© said:
Every time i use 'Microsoft Office (2003) Doc Image Writer' (no printer at
home) no printed document appears - ever!!!

But when I try to reprint the document it's 'dis-embodied' ghost appears
only in the save as dialogue box (even after a reboot)

I think this is yet another Vista bug (Vista can't see/find existing
documents)

I've reported this before without cure

Anyone know the name of it's predecessor (we use at work) which works
perfectly - creates it's own document type albeit can't remember the
extension
 
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ole

JethroUK© said:
Every time i use 'Microsoft Office (2003) Doc Image Writer' (no printer at
home) no printed document appears - ever!!!

But when I try to reprint the document it's 'dis-embodied' ghost appears
only in the save as dialogue box (even after a reboot)

I think this is yet another Vista bug (Vista can't see/find existing
documents)

I've reported this before without cure

Anyone know the name of it's predecessor (we use at work) which works
perfectly - creates it's own document type albeit can't remember the
extension
 
O

ole

JethroUK? said:
Every time i use 'Microsoft Office (2003) Doc Image Writer' (no printer
at
home) no printed document appears - ever!!!

But when I try to reprint the document it's 'dis-embodied' ghost appears
only in the save as dialogue box (even after a reboot)

I think this is yet another Vista bug (Vista can't see/find existing
documents)

I've reported this before without cure

Anyone know the name of it's predecessor (we use at work) which works
perfectly - creates it's own document type albeit can't remember the
extension
 
J

JethroUK©

Synapse Syndrome said:
Just use the .XPS printer instead, which is rather like PDF,
think thats the one we use at work 0- how can install it?




althouhg not so
 
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JethroUK©

Can we conclude this is a Vista (cant see my own reflection) issue?


P.S. after reboot Vista still can't see them but they are there??????????
 
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Terry Farrell

I am lost to see why you are trying to print if you don't have a printer.

Terry
 
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JethroUK©

maybe you dont use them much - the whole point of pdf/image printers is it
prints to a file (instead of the printer you dont have) - you can then take
the file to where there is a printer
 
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Dirk Goldgar

JethroUK© said:
If i dont have a printer it's not going to print surely?

Use the print options to direct the output to a file, then bring that work
and print it there by copying the file (as a binary file) to the printer
port. More info on that here:

http://filext.com/faq/print_from_prn_file.php


But it's probably simpler to print it to PDF or XPS format and transport
that, instead.
 
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Terry Farrell

That's true, but you can also take the *.docs too. The problem with taking
an image is that Word uses the printer parameters it finds by interrogating
the printer driver to determine the page layout appropriate for a particular
printer. Every printer is different, so there is a high probability that if
you create a print file using a different printer (including the image
writer), the actual layout of the printed document may be different than you
intend. So the best solution is to use the printer driver for the printer
you are going to be using. You can still print to file, but the document
will have the expected layout.

Terry
 
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Synapse Syndrome

That's true, but you can also take the *.docs too. The problem with
taking an image is that Word uses the printer parameters it finds by
interrogating the printer driver to determine the page layout
appropriate for a particular printer. Every printer is different, so
there is a high probability that if you create a print file using a
different printer (including the image writer), the actual layout of
the printed document may be different than you intend. So the best
solution is to use the printer driver for the printer you are going to
be using. You can still print to file, but the document will have the
expected layout.

Erm, welcome to the 21st century, Terry.

ss.
 
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Synapse Syndrome

JethroUK© said:
think thats the one we use at work 0- how can install it?
What is in your printer folder?

IIRC, Vista has the XPS printer installed by default, but fully updated XP
computers should have it too.

ss.
 
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Synapse Syndrome

JethroUK© said:
Can we conclude this is a Vista (cant see my own reflection) issue?


P.S. after reboot Vista still can't see them but they are there??????????


?

ss.
 
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JethroUK©

i remember trying this a few years back (10 maybe) and whilst it's fairly
obvious how to print to file - it's positively obtuse how to print "the
file" to a printer

hence pdf printers & image writer
 

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