I wonder if anybody has found a way of speeding up the printing process? I’d love to hear from you if you have.
Mac v. PC
This morning I needed to print out some covers for my Walks around Horbury, which is selling well thanks to a recent spell of good weather.
I designed the cover (above, right) in Adobe InDesign CC 2017 but, when it comes to printing, it’s painfully slow, presumably because the program has to convert from its versatile design mode to a simple 300 dpi print version.
The solution is to output the design to a PDF, Adobe’s Portable Document Format. For compatibility, I print the PDF using Adobe Acrobat Pro. Unfortunately this takes as long as printing from InDesign; well over five minutes and even then it’s positioned incorrectly on the sheet: the margin is too narrow at the bottom and too wide at the top (see above).
Using Apple’s much simpler PDF reader, Preview, is much quicker but there’s some mismatch with the driver of my HP LaserJet printer and I can’t get it to print successfully on card.
Much as I like InDesign and the iMac, it’s easier to go back to Serif PagePlus X4 and Publisher 2010 running on my old Windows 7 PC. There’s no need to create a PDF as I can print successfully and speedily directly from either of these design programs.
Attempting to run PagePlus and Publisher from my Mac using Parallels and Windows 10 hasn’t proved successful because of print driver issues and, besides, my aim is to use InDesign for all my publications.
My thanks to the Adobe online community for their help and advice on finding a way around this problem, but the solution still eludes me.