Adobe FrameMaker 8

Print options

The following print options are available for all printers. All these options are in the Print dialog box. For information on additional options available for your printer, see your printer documentation.

Note: (Windows) FrameMaker products for Windows have no control over the abilities or limitations of any printer driver. FrameMaker products can only support printer drivers that have been approved for use in the version of Windows FrameMaker is running on. If you are using an outdated printer driver, you may experience problems, such as lost graphics and characters and the inability to open documents. See the Adobe Web site for information on installing the latest PostScript drivers.


To print one complete copy before printing the next copy, select Collate when you're printing multiple copies. Printing might be slower when Collate is selected.

Printing double-sided

To print a double-sided document when you're not using a duplex printer, print the odd-numbered pages, turn the paper over in the printer, and print the even-numbered pages. Depending on how your printer produces pages, you may need to select Last Sheet First before you click Print, because turning the paper over in the printer may reverse the page order.

Changing page order

To print a document starting with the last page, select Last Sheet First.

Printing more quickly

To print a document more quickly, select Low-Resolution Images. In Windows, imported images are printed as gray boxes. In UNIX, they are printed with lower resolution.

Printing crop marks and registration marks

To print a document with crop marks and registration marks, choose an option from the Registration Marks pop-up menu. In some instances, you may want to scale down the printed page image so that crop marks and registration marks will fit on the page.

You can choose between Western and Tombo (Japanese) crop marks.

Western and Tombo crop marks

Reducing or enlarging the page image

To print a reduced or enlarged page image centered on the page, enter a percentage in the Scale text box.

Printing thumbnails

To print thumbnails (small images of several pages on one page), enter values in the Thumbnails text boxes. In the Rows text box, enter the number of thumbnails you want to print down the page. In the Cols text box, enter the number of thumbnails you want to print across the page.


Skipping blank pages (Windows)

To prevent printing blank pages, select Skip Blank Pages.

Printing colors in black and white

To ensure that colored items (FrameMaker drawn images and text) are printed in black and white rather than in shades of gray, do one of the following:

(Windows) Select Spot Color As Black/White.

(UNIX) Edit the beginning of the ps_prolog file in $FMHOME/fminit. The ps_prolog file contains instructions for changing print settings. Changes to the file take effect immediately. To make changes without affecting other users, save a copy of the file with the changes to your personal fminit folder (~/fminit/ps_prolog).

Feeding paper manually

To print the document on paper that is not in your printer's paper cassette, do one of the following:

(Windows) Choose File > Print Setup. Choose Manual Feed from the Source pop-up menu, and click OK.

(UNIX) Select Manual Feed.

Note: (Windows) The Print Document dialog box in FrameMaker contains some options that may also appear in the Windows printer Properties dialog box, such as the number of copies. When you print a document, FrameMaker printer settings override Windows printer settings.

Changing paper size (UNIX)

To print the document on a different paper size, choose a paper size from the Paper Size pop-up menu, or type the dimensions in the Width and Height text boxes. Because these dimensions describe the physical size of the paper in the printer's paper cassette (not the orientation of the document), the Width setting should always match the width of the edge of the paper that feeds into the printer.

If your document's pages are larger than the size of the paper, you'll see an alert message. If you decide to print the document, the printer crops the document.

Downloading fonts (UNIX)

To choose the fonts to download to the printer, choose from the Download Roman Fonts pop-up menu. You don't need to download fonts that are already in the printer's memory or on a hard disk attached to the printer. For example, if your printer contains the Standard 35 fonts, choose All but Standard 35. To enable subsetting and downloading of Asian fonts, select the Download Asian Fonts option. If your document includes TrueType fonts and you're printing to a PostScript Level 1 printer, select the Download TrueType as Type 1 option.

The Standard 35 fonts (Avant Garde, Bookman, Courier, Helvetica, Helvetica Narrow, New Century Schoolbook, Palatino, Symbol, Times, Zapf Chancery, and Zapf Dingbats font families) are usually included with PostScript printers.

You can modify the UNIX font configuration file (fontlist) to override the Download options in the Print dialog box.

To print out a list of resident fonts on a PostScript printer, print the script located in the $FMHOME/fminit/pstools folder.

Using a different printer (UNIX)

To use a different printer, choose the printer name from the Destination pop-up menu. All printers configured for your computer should appear in the pop-up menu. If a printer doesn't appear, or if you're using a special printing script (for example, to send a fax), choose Other Printer from the pop-up menu and type the appropriate parameters into the text box that appears.