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Actual Size printing issue in Windows 11

New Here ,
Apr 08, 2022 Apr 08, 2022

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I  work for a small sewing patterns company that sells downloadable PDF sewing patterns. Our customers download their file, open with Acrobat Reader and print at 100% Actual Size, no scaling.

 

This week our team have started receiving support requests from customers whose PDF sewing patterns are now printing 1/8" too small where they previously printed at the correct size. This may not seem like a large amount, but it can sometimes make a big difference when it comes to sewing.

 

So far, we've only had reports from customers using Windows 11, and so far only from customers in north America. Those who have a device using a different operating system have been able to print correctly using their other device, but not everyone has this option.

 

For each report, we've run through everything that we can think of in terms of troubleshooting, including making sure that their Reader is up to date, checking through each individual person's Reader print settings, and checking their printer settings.

 

We don't have the resources to offer any sort of support for Acrobat Reader beyond signposting them as to which options to select in the print screen, and how to make sure their Reader is up-to-date, but this new flurry of support requests has us thinking that there may be some sort of issue connected to a recent update - either a Reader update or a Windows 11 update. If so, this means that we're probably going to start receiving a lot more requests for support as others update their devices, requests that we're going to have to refer here.

 

So, before we start referring people here for support, we wanted to check:

  • Has anyone else had issues with printing at Actual Size on Windows 11?
    • If so, were you able to find a solution? What was it?
  • What might we have missed? What else can we suggest that our customers try?

 

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Adobe Employee ,
Apr 12, 2022 Apr 12, 2022

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Hi there

 

Hope you are doing well and am sorry for the delay in response.

 

Is this an issue with a particular sewing patterns PDF file or with all the PDFs that they try to print? Please try with a different PDF file and check. Also, please share the sample PDF file so that we can check it at our end.

 

Make sure that the printer driver and firmware is up to date and try to update the printer driver and firmware and reboot the computer once. You may also try to remove the printer driver/firmware and reboot the computer and then reinstall it from the manufacturer's website and see if that helps.

 

Please try to reset the Acrobat preferences as described here https://community.adobe.com/t5/acrobat-discussions/how-to-reset-acrobat-preference-settings-to-defau... 

 

You may also try to create a new test user profile with full admin rights in Win and try using the application there and check.

 

Regards

Amal

 

 

 

 

 

 

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New Here ,
Apr 12, 2022 Apr 12, 2022

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Hi Amal,

 

Thank you for your reply. I appreciate you coming back to me.

 

I do not know whether each customer has been able to print other similar files successfully. That's something we can check - thank you.

 

We currently know of two different sewing patterns that several customers have had difficulties printing to Actual Size - one is an old file, created back in 2015; the other was created just a few months ago. There may be a third file - again, an older one - but we've not had enough information from the reporting person for us to consider that it might be connected. I am sorry but I am not able to share those files here.

 

However, since writing my original post, we have confirmed that the problem is not with the files and we've also ruled out the recent Windows 11 update being the possible cause. Our team and many of our extended network have checked both files across multiple different devices and operating systems, including an up-to-date version of Windows 11, and we've successfully printed both files at Actual Size.

 

Thank you for your other suggestions for things these customers can try. We'll start by recommending that they check their printer drivers next. That's a great logical next step.

 

We all really appreciate your help with this - thank you! We would not ordinarily go any further than PICNIC troubleshooting for Adobe Reader / Windows / printing as our 'technical support' is sewing-focused. Instead, we would ordinarily recommend each person seek their own advice from the application provider or device manufacturer. Fixing application / printer issues is well outside both the scope of our business and our team's knowledge, and so we are grateful for your support and advice on other possible troubleshooting steps.

 

Thank you for your advice. I will come back here to update either way on whether your suggestions resolved the issue.

 

Regards,

El

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Adobe Employee ,
Apr 13, 2022 Apr 13, 2022

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Hi there

 

Do keep us posted and feel free to contact us for any assistance required in the future.

 

Regards

Amal

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New Here ,
Oct 06, 2022 Oct 06, 2022

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I am experiencing this same problem. It happens across pdf sewing patterns from many sources and only when printing from my Windows 11 computer. I'm not sure if the issue is with the pdf or the printer. My printer is a Brother inkjet and the driver is up to date. 

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New Here ,
Dec 17, 2022 Dec 17, 2022

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Hello All, 

 

I came across this same issue when attempting to print off a template for wood working, except my template was off by over 1/4"!

 

anyways, I have 2 computers, and my windows 10 computer would print perfect size, but my windows 11 would print too small.  Same PDF and everything.  Good news for our Adobe friends, I do not think it is an adobe problem, it is a windows 11 problem.  my windows 11 computer would print the same size if I clicked "actual size" as if I clicked fit, even though the adobe print preview would update and change size. 

 

What I had to do was find the drivers for my specific printer (a brother MFC-L3710CW) and install those.  then there was a scale setting inside the printer properties (which was different now that I installed the driver) and set the scaling to "off" or "100%" 

I think the default windows printer driver autopmatically applies a "fit to page" instead of scaling, no matter what the adobe (or other print dialogues, this was happening through fusion 360 as well).

Perhapse our friends at Adobe could verify this and submit it to windows as a bug.  they would have much more pull then I would. 

Good luck with your sewing patterns!

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Dec 26, 2022 Dec 26, 2022

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Thank you! I downloaded new drivers from Brother and a test page printed at
100%.

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LEGEND ,
Dec 17, 2022 Dec 17, 2022

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If this were my problem, I would be asking each customer for a screen shot of the Print dialog. This will allow you to double check their options, but also to look at the exact printer name. Then, I would collate a list of the printers. You might find it's a problem with a specific brand of printer, for example. You could ask them to look for a new download of printer driver. It isn't very likely to be an Acrobat Reader fault (though nothing is impossible).

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