Print Performance & Quality

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Optimizing Printing Speed

You may find that printing speed sometimes leaves something to be desired. Unfortunately, there is nothing you can do to improve printing speed when using the Quick Print option as this process uses the PDF printer built into eForms, which is not modifiable by the end-user. If you use the Preview and Print option instead you may be able to improve print speeds slightly as this process previews all print jobs in Adobe Reader and uses the print routines in Adobe Reader to send the data to the printer. The print settings for Adobe Reader can be modified by the end-user and, depending on the Reader version you are using, the following tips might help improve printing speed when using Adobe Reader:

 

1. Print the document as an image. To do this:

a.Click on File in Adobe Reader
b.Click on Print
c.Click on the Advanced button beside the printer name in Adobe Reader's print dialogue
d.Select the option to Print as image and click OK.

 

2. Reduce the print resolution (dpi, or dots per inch). To do this:

a.Click on File in Adobe Reader
b.Click on Print
c.Click on the Properties button beside the printer name in Adobe Reader's print dialogue
d.The actual location will vary from printer to printer but there should be a setting to change print quality or resolution; ensure that this is set to the lowest setting possible, 300dpi is a good working minimum, most modern printers default to 1200dpi or 600 dpi (the amount of data that the printer must process is reduced by 75% each time dpi is halved)

 

Data Prints Outside of Fields on Pre-Printed Forms

When using Preview and Print Adobe Reader will be used to print PDF reports. To ensure accurate data placement, you must first turn off all scaling options within Adobe Reader. This will allow the printed reports to meet the requirements of the CRA and Revenu Québec. Failure to do so may result in data printing outside of many fields and cause your submission to be unacceptable by the CRA or Revenu Québec. Scaling is not a concern when using the Quick Print button to send reports directly to your printer as this will use eForms' internal printing functions rather than Adobe Reader.

 

Follow these steps to turn off scaling in Adobe Reader:

 

1. Click on the File menu in Adobe Reader

2. Click on the Print option

3. About 1/2 of the way down there is an option referring to Page Sizing & Handling, ensure that this option is set to Actual size.

4. Data should now fit in the appropriate fields throughout the form