Getting started

On which OS and applications is Adobe LeanPrint supported?

The system requirements for running Adobe LeanPrint and supported applications are as follows:

  • Supported platforms (32 and 64-bit versions)

    • Windows XP SP2 and later

    • Windows Vista

    • Windows 7

  • Supported applications

    • Office 2007 with SP2 and later (Word, PowerPoint, and Excel)

    • Office 2010 32-bit and 64-bit (Word, PowerPoint, and Excel)

    • Acrobat/Reader (version 9 and later)

    • Firefox (4.0 and later)

    • Internet Explorer (8.0 and 9.0)

    • Google Chrome

  • Adobe Flash Player 10.3.x

  • 1024x768 and higher screen resolutions are supported

Can I use Adobe LeanPrint on Mac OS?

Adobe LeanPrint is currently available only on Microsoft Windows.

Does Adobe LeanPrint work on computers running 64-bit operating systems?

Yes, Adobe LeanPrint is also available for Windows 64-bit. 64-bit Office applications and Internet Explorer are also supported.

Does Adobe LeanPrint work with Word/Excel/PowerPoint 2010?

Yes, Adobe LeanPrint works with Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Excel 2010 and 2007.

Which Microsoft Office products does Adobe LeanPrint support?

Adobe LeanPrint works with Microsoft Word 2007, Microsoft Word 2010, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Excel 2007, and Microsoft Excel 2010.

Why do I not get the preview option for Microsoft PowerPoint?

Adobe LeanPrint does not support the preview for PowerPoint.

Can I use Adobe LeanPrint from Notepad?

No, a Adobe LeanPrint plugin for Notepad is not available at this point.

Does Adobe LeanPrint work on mobile devices?

Adobe LeanPrint is currently not supported on mobile devices.

What are the differences between Super Saver and Toner Saver?

Super Saver and Toner Saver are two options with which you can run Adobe LeanPrint. Super Saver aims at saving both paper and toner by printing in an optimized layout. Select this option for maximum savings. Toner Saver aims at saving only toner and prints in the original document layout. Select this option when original layout is important.

By default, Adobe LeanPrint prints in the Toner Saver mode. However, if the contents or layout of the document are such that page saving is not possible or can cause poor readability, it reverts to toner saving for certain pages or for the entire document.

Regardless of whether you select Super Saver or Toner Saver, Adobe LeanPrint does not alter the original document.

Why is the multicolumn layout available in Super Saver and not in Toner Saver?

If you select Toner Saver, Adobe LeanPrint does only toner saving. It doesn't try to save pages and therefore prints in the original layout. With Super Saver, Adobe LeanPrint tries to optimize the layout so that you get maximum savings. In some cases, a multicolumn layout helps save pages.

Why does Adobe LeanPrint sometimes ask me to save the document before printing?

There may be some situations where Adobe LeanPrint needs to save the document. However, Adobe LeanPrint does not modify the original document. It makes a temporary copy on the disk to understand the internal structure of the document, so that it can apply a suitable optimization technique.

Why are headers, footers, watermarks, backgrounds, and references removed?

When you print with Super Saver, Adobe LeanPrint aims at minimizing paper and toner consumption by culling out the relevant content from a document. Elements such as the header, footer, watermark, background, and references are not an integral part of the content. So removing these elements helps you save both space and toner without losing any meaningful content. Adobe LeanPrint indicates the end of each page in the original document at the appropriate place in the new layout.

End of page marker

Why are outputs different for different documents?

Real documents can be quite complex and may contain several types of information. In addition to text, they may contain, tables, images, charts, shapes, diagrams, and so on. The overall complexity of the document determines what the output will look like.

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Complexity determines the output

Lower complexity means higher savings. If the document is overly complex, Adobe LeanPrint might even give up trying to save paper and will only concentrate on saving toner. In your day-to-day use, you will see some variation in the outputs that you get. While typical documents will easily transform into ideal Adobe LeanPrint outputs, some will resemble the original document; others will fall somewhere in between.

Can I retain the original font of my document?

If you print with Toner Saver, your printout will have the same font as the original document. With Super Saver, Adobe LeanPrint does not use the same font because Super Saver tries to save pages and therefore chooses appropriate fonts.

Note: All optimization is reflected in the output. Adobe LeanPrint does not modify your original document.

How do I retain the original colors?

Smart color optimization is one of the techniques that Adobe LeanPrint uses to save toner. In the Grayscale mode, both Super Saver and Toner Saver do not aim at retaining the original colors in the output. Instead, by applying techniques such as removing backgrounds and fills, reducing toner intensity, and replacing color fills with patterns.

However, if you want, you may print in color mode instead of gray mode. In that case, the output document will have color optimizations to save toner but will still be in color. Adjust color intensity to High for the highest-quality color printing. If you set color intensity to Light or Medium, the printed colors will be true to the original colors in the document, but lighter. See Adjust the preview for more information about adjusting color intensity.

Why can’t I sometimes change page orientation?

Adobe LeanPrint lets you change page orientation (portrait/landscape) if the entire document can be reflowed. If only part of the document can be reflowed, Adobe LeanPrint does not let you switch page orientation between portrait and landscape.

Why is Word output different from PDF output?

Yes, the Word output and PDF output of the same document are sometimes different. In the case of Word, Adobe LeanPrint can usually deliver better results because, unlike a PDF, a Word document is in source format. The extent of differences between the Word output and the PDF output depends on a variety of elements in the content, such as the size and number of images or tables, and the presence of artifacts (objects for which the reading order is not known). In the case of text-based documents, the key differences between Word and PDF output are in line spacing and paragraph spacing.

Some of the key differences in documents that include tables, charts, or comments are the following:

  • Tables in Word output are never placed in a multicolumn layout. On the other hand, tables in PDFs may be placed in a multicolumn layout.

  • With Toner Saver and Gray options, Adobe LeanPrint removes fills and applies a tint to the charts in Word documents. In the case of charts in PDFs, only a tint is applied.

  • Comments in Word documents are printed in their original location. Comments in PDFs are printed at the end of the document with comment numbers added in the original locations.

Even if I use Super Saver, Adobe LeanPrint doesn't always optimize the layout of all pages. What could be the reason?

Yes, if altering the layout of a page in the file you're printing can lead to a loss of readability, Adobe LeanPrint applies only toner saving on the page. Typically, pages with several big images, tables, shapes, and drawings are not optimized by modifying the layout.

Why does Adobe LeanPrint remove fills while printing?

When color intensity is set to light, Adobe LeanPrint removes fills, causing considerable toner saving. While removing fills, Adobe LeanPrint ensures that there is no loss of information. For example, it removes different shades of fills from charts but replaces them with different types of patterns and updates the legends.

For more information about adjusting color intensity, see Adjust the preview.

Why does the number of pages saved for the same document vary across printers?

Properties such as minimum margins are different for different printers. As a result, the space available for printing and the number of pages saved vary across printers.