Many moons ago, we used FM2017. Since then we've upgraded to FM2019, FM2020 and recently to FM2022. We never unstalled previous versions, just in case we needed to go back to a FM file created in one of those previous versions.
One of our writers decided to free up some space and uninstalled FM2017 from their PC. Suddenly, their Adobe PDF printer has gone missing, preventing them from using the Save as PDF or Publish options in FM2019, FM2020 or FM2022 - they are presented with the error message FrameMaker could not find Adobe PDF printer instance, which must be installed to execute Save as PDF command.
We've never used Adobe Acrobat Pro, so I know it's not related to that. Reinstalling FM2017 didn't reinstall the PDF Printer either.
Any suggesions on how we can fix this so this particular writer can print/save to PDF again?
Here is a thread which discusses the same issue.
Does this help?
Thanks for that link to an existing forum discussion. Unfortunately, none of those fixed the problem. I did see another post by another user on the 11th with a similar issue (none of the solutions provided in that post worked for us). It looks like this might be a common issue.
Reinstall Fm 2017, and you should see it reappear.
Reinstalling FM2017 was the first things I did. Unfortunately, that did not reinstall the Adobe PDF printer. After following the instructions in the link Winfried listed, the Adobe PDF driver is listed under Printers again, however, FrameMaker is still not recognising it, still giving us the original error. I've also noticed that Distiller (which is included in the FM 2017 install) didn't reinstall either.
So the Adobe PDF printer is back again, but you cannot Save as PDF in FrameMaker 2019 and later?
Can you print to a PostScript file and distill this to a PDF?
If the connection from FrameMaker to the Adobe PDF printer is lost, I would reinstall FrameMaker 2019 (or the later versions) and see what happens.
If this does not help, contact the Adobe support via firstname.lastname@example.org.
Without Distiller (it didn't reinstall with FM 2017) or Adobe Acrobat Pro, how would we distill the PostScript file to PDF? (Sorry for the dumb question - we don't normally print to PostScript first.)
After uninstalling all versions of FrameMaker and Adobe Reader (Free), restarting the PC, then reinstalling in the following order:
there is still no Adobe PDF printer installed. Neither has Distiller been installed along with FM2017.
When trying to Save as PDF for any version of FM, we get the following errors:
"Couldn't read SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\AppPaths\AcroDist.exe"
"Couldn't read AcroDist\shell\open\command"
When using the Publish option, the original "FrameMaker could not find Adobe PDF printer instance, which must be installed to execute Save as PDF comnmand."
The only working option is not to use either option. Instead, use the Print option and use Microsoft Print to PDF.
Yes. You are correct. Without Acrobat you do not have the Distiller.
I would definitely describe your issue to the Adobe FrameMaker support email@example.com. Send them also the URL of this thread.
in the past the FM installer came with the "headless" distiller, that installed the Adobe PDF printer instance.
To control the installation of the headless distiller you had to use the custom installation of FrameMaker.
But you can install the Adobe PDF printer also manually.
First you have to check, if and where you have the needed "AdobePDF.inf" file on your computer.
If you have that file you install the Adobe PDF printer like it is described here: Adobe PDF printer is missing | Manually install PDF printer (solution 2).
Manually installing the PDF printer still didn't work. It shows up in the list of Printers in Windows, but any attempt to "print" to it failed from both FrameMaker and MS Word.
How would I go about doing a custom install of Framemaker? I've only ever used the normal installer (setup.exe) file. I know when installing FM2017, Distiller is a selectable component to install during the installation process. With each attemp to install FM2017, this option was selected.
do you get any error message when you try to print?
What port is assigned to the Adobe PDF printer?
Mine uses the port "Documents/*.pdf" (shown in tab "Ports" within the properties of the Adobe PDF printer).
Btw what version of windows are you using?
Custom install: The last time I used it was with FrameMaker 2017 so maybe the newer versions do not give that custom install anymore.
But an Distiller installer is delivered with the FrameMaker installer, even with the latest 2022.
So I think there should be a way to install it.
The error I'm getting is FrameMaker could not find Adobe PDF printer instance, which must be installed to execute Save as PDF command.
The port is showing as "documents/*pdf.".
Windows 10 Pro. The user has full adminstrator rights on the PC.
maybe I have an idea.
Go to Devices+Printers -> right-click on Adobe PDF, choose Printsettings (not Printer Properties) -> tab Adobe PDF settings.
There is a setting called (translated from german) "Use system fonts only, no document fonts".
If this setting is active (checked), then deactivate it. (FrameMaker can't use the Adobe PDF printer if this setting is active.)
And try again.
Please try also if the printing to file works, using "Print" -> choose "Adobe PDF printer" as the printer (at the bottom of the dialog), then check "print to file" and start print.
Have you downloaded the trial of Acrobat DC to get the PDF driver installed?
I did install a trial of Adobe Acrobat Pro, but as soon as the trial period ended, the Adobe PDF printer stopped working again.
With as much time as it's costing you, have you considered wiping the machine and starting from scratch with fresh software?
Unfortunately, that is not an option for us.
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A quick update. I have emailed Adobe Support (as suggsted by @Barb Binder) and had remote assistance from Anand at Adobe. He installed the latest Distiller Libraries and the Adobe PDF printer is back and working as expected.
What a relief, Quintin. 😊 Thanks for letting us know.
Anand also explained why, when you use the Publish option, it creates a subfolder within your selected folder. The folder your select is the "project" folder, with a separate folder for each output type.