non printing elements in a PDF - How to design this?

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Mar 12, 2021 Mar 12, 2021

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Hi,

 

First: I want only to find out how to design such a case as laid out. I will find a workaround to get the document into a correct print. The document is electronically signed, so I cannot examine it as I would like.

 

When I print the document, information that is on Screen is not printed. I suspect it is because it's a form and the form elements have been defined as non-printable.

 

Is that a correct assumption or are there also different other ways to create this effect? I suppose the creator has designed the document such that it is immediately clear that the document is a print and not the original document file. That wouldn't disturb me, but unfortunately, some important elements are left out also.

 

Screen document:

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Print:

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The document contains several other sections like this with real information on, I've chosen this excerpt where no confidential information is to be found...

 

You see immediately that the field indicators (4), (5), (6) and (7) are simply missing on the print and would need to be printed on a preprinted form (which we have) and then scanned to a PDF document, so that we can send out something that can be printed correctly. Otherwise, only the raw data can be printed...

Regards, Abambo
Hard- and Software Engineer and Photographer.
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May be that the document use a non-printable background.

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Could be layer properties (view but do not print), although some PDF viewers would ignore the layer properties.

It's also possible there is an overprinting white element on top of the background, the screen view is correctly showing the background, but your printer is ignoring the overprint and knocking out the background. Do you see a print setting for Simulate overprinting?

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Thanks for the answers so far.

 

Hi @Luke Jennings3,

I've checked for layers. There is none. I've also checked for overprint. That does not change.

 

Hi @Bernd Alheit,

Is there a possibility for me to check for the non-printable background? How do I create such a background?

Regards, Abambo
Hard- and Software Engineer and Photographer.

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At Tools > Edit PDF:

To check it use Background > Update...

to add a background use Background > Add...

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To check whether these are non-printing form fields to go to Prepare Form mode and you'll see if there are indeed fields. If so, you could go to their Properties and change their appearance from "Visible but doesn't Print" to just "Visible", under the General tab:

 

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