Preview cutting off my pdf's at margins

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by new mac, Mar 27, 2009.

  1. new mac macrumors newbie

    Dec 25, 2008
    hi everyone.

    whenever i use Preview (v 4.1) to print certain pdfs, it often cuts off the bottom line (eg page numbers, last line of figure captions) which is really frustrating. :mad:

    i know it's not the printer's problem because i can print the same document in Adobe Acrobat on my Windows side (via Bootcamp) without any cutoff. Adobe has the "center" and "fit to scale" options or smthg like that in the print window, which was checked.

    in Preview's print window, the print preview image looks just fine with no cutoff, but it never prints out that way. i think the problem may be in the lack of proper centering and fitting to scale in Preview in contrast to Adobe. i read somewhere that Preview likes to scale the pdf not around the center (which would prevent any bottom margin cutoff) but around a corner (like the bottom left corner, leaving the bottom margin problem unchanged).

    anyone else hav this problem? i cant find the solution anywhere! :mad:

    i would appreciate any helpful suggestions. i really would like to resolve this within Preview. i dont want to hav to download the bloated Adobe on my Mac side. Also i really like Preview except for this issue.

    thanks in advance.
  2. bmertz macrumors newbie

    Apr 27, 2009
    Same problem

    I just switched over from a G5 running Tiger and was delighted to find that opening PDFs in Preview saves time and complication. "Marginal" printing of these documents is a huge problem, however (see above :mad: :mad:). Apple really needs to provide Page Setup capability in Preview to make this a functional improvement in the OS.
  3. ankh macrumors member

    Jan 9, 2003
    Problem came back with recent versions of Lion, too.
    Anyone found a fix for this, this time around?
  4. blueroom macrumors 603


    Feb 15, 2009
    Toronto, Canada
    Download Acrobat.

    Ahh wait, thread is from 2009.

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