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Puffolino
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Printing layered objects in Excel do not work in all cases...

Sun Sep 17, 2017 12:33 pm

I made a calendar which has a transparent text over a bitmap, but some parts of the bitmap cant be seen in the resulting PDF file when printing with PDF XChange...
Excel shows the full image in the print preview, nevertheless I am not sure, if the office program (I am using Excel 2000) is the reason for the weird result or the PDF printer.

The enclosed attachment include the excel file and the resulting PDF file as well.

Thanks,
Michael
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Re: Printing layered objects in Excel do not work in all cases...

Tue Sep 19, 2017 11:43 am

Hello Puffolino,

I've tested printing your document using both MS Office 2010 and MS Office 2013 and also both Lite and Standard virtual PDF printers and didn't experience the same problem with the transparency.
It seems like this is something related to Office 2000, in which case, I think the only solution would be to upgrade to a newer version of MS Office.

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Radi
 
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Re: Printing layered objects in Excel do not work in all cases...

Tue Sep 19, 2017 5:24 pm

Just out of curiosity, I also printed the Excel to a PDF, via Excel 2010 with PDF-XChange Printer V6 Standard (6.0.322.5) and it prints correctly.

Something to remark when editing the printererror.pdf is that the picture/banner at the bottom has multiple parts in form of overlays.

When I select and delete (or move out of the way) the pieces one by one, i.e. :
1) first the text (Kalender für ...),
2) then a complete banner,
3) then a partial banner,
I come to an underlying banner that seems to be complete.

So, I suppose that Excel 2000 sends the (complete / uncomplete) banner a few times to the printer, and in that manner creates the visible problem.

The edited PDF - cleaned from overlaying banners - is attached at this post.

What you can do, by means of a test, is repeat a few times the print to PDF-XChange Printer. If the problem consistently keeps coming back, then print to a real printer and check if the problem is also visible on paper ... (probably it will not be).
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Re: Printing layered objects in Excel do not work in all cases...

Thu Sep 21, 2017 7:11 am

Hi Willy,

Thanks for your remark. It seems like Office 2000 doesn't handle these layers correctly (or in the correct order), which indeed causes this issue.

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Radi
 
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Re: Printing layered objects in Excel do not work in all cases...

Fri Sep 22, 2017 11:01 am

Thanks for checking :)
 
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Re: Printing layered objects in Excel do not work in all cases...

Fri Sep 22, 2017 11:11 am

:)

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