Friday, September 14, 2007

pdf + CourseWorks + printer = fail

In order to more successfully print CourseWorks embedded pdfs and the like, advise students to "print as image":
  1. Open the PDF file in Acrobat [or another, less annoying pdf reader--Ed.].
  2. Choose File > Print.
  3. Click Advanced.
  4. Select Print As Image near the top of the dialog box.
  5. Click OK, and then click OK again to print.
This works on the reference machines. I don't know if it works on the ref desk computer, as currently Adobe Acrobat is hanging up. (Working on it, or will install my preferred reader, FoxIt.)

An alternative (but don't confuse people by giving them more than one option; this is for you to choose and communicate) is to have patrons save CourseWorks items to the desktop and printing them from there.

PS When equipment fails, in addition to putting an out of order sign on it, please notify the help desk and also let the reference librarians know that you did so. Otherwise help is likely to get 0 calls or 4.

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