So I did some playing around, and here's what I found:Nova PDF
Reinstalling the Nova PDF printer didn't help - I still get the garbled lines.
However, when I changed my report's font from Adobe Devanagari to Times Roman, that worked. The Nova PDF looked fine.
At first I thought it might be an issue with OpenType fonts, since Adobe Devanagari is OpenType and Times Roman is, of course, TrueType.
As an experiment, I tried other OpenType fonts like Adobe Garamond Pro and Adobe Arabic, and got the same mangling. So I thought it might be OpenType fonts that were the problem. But when I tried "Agency FB" and "Algerian" (both also OpenType), those PDFs looked fine.
So maybe it's just an issue with Nova PDF and Adobe OpenType fonts??? Or just Adobe fonts in general??Microsoft Print to PDF
Just for comparison, I tried Printing the report (as opposed to Save Report As) to the "Microsoft Print to PDF" printer.
This just never worked at all. No matter what fonts, it would get to about page 63 (out of 67) and simply end. There was no error message, no indication anything went wrong, but there was no PDF generated.Nitro Software's PrimoPDF
I installed Nitro software's free "Primo PDF
" utility, and Printed the report to that printer.
That seemed to create perfect PDFs no matter what I threw at it.So...
What to make of this? I don't know.
There seems to be some issue with Nova PDF and Adobe OpenType fonts. I can't say conclusively that's the problem - I didn't check every Adobe OpenType font I have, and I don't have any Adobe non-OpenType fonts. But every Adobe OpenType font I did test got mangled under Nova PDF, and worked fine under PrimoPDF. And every non-Adobe OpenType font I tried seemed to be problem-free.
So I guess the moral is either avoid Adobe OpenType fonts or use PrimoPDF???