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Here is a snippet from an article I'm reading: it displays perfectly on screen:

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However, when printed some lines appear to be bold (line 5 and 11 in the picture):

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Another strange behavior; this is how it looks if I select text on the pdf:

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And this is the result when print to xps:

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What exactly is causing this? It seems that everything is all right in viewing mode, but goes wrong during the print.

The document is produced with pdfTeX-1.40.3, it's a pdf v1.4 (Acrobat 5.x) and I'm opening it on Adobe Reader 10.1.9, running on Windows 7 x64.

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A few questsions; have you tried using more than one printer, have you run more than one copy, do you know what software was used to make the PDF? I know these seem pretty obvious, but it'll help get to the bottom of it if we can exclude the simple options. – CLockeWork Feb 25 '14 at 9:44
I only have access to one printer, I found some information about the document but I don't think I can go deeper, it's an article I downloaded. – clabacchio Feb 25 '14 at 10:26

In the PDF reader printer options,

Open PDF > Control P > The advanced button

Try enabling "print as image"

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Thank you for the answer. While this may solve the problem, doesn't really explain what's causing it. – clabacchio Apr 23 '14 at 8:08
Do I look like the person who programmed this software? you asked a question, i gave you an answer, which is what this website is setup for. I'm sorry the answer wasn't good enough for your taste, now apparently we have to theorize why this problem occurred in the first place to please our original posters mind. Good Grief. – Sickest Apr 23 '14 at 8:40
I didn't mean to attack you, sorry for that. What I meant was just to understand what was wrong, if the pdf or the printing process. – clabacchio Apr 23 '14 at 8:42

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