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  • Python aficionado (both Monty's and Guido's versions)
  • Regex hobbyist
  • Avid musician (piano, drums and percussion, currently playing with the Symphony Orchestra of the University of Applied Sciences in Ulm and the Rock Band of the University of Applied Sciences in Neu-Ulm)

My professional life so far:

  • Studied medicine in Freiburg (Germany), Zürich (Switzerland) and Seattle, WA
  • Worked as a doctor in Internal and Intensive Care Medicine, then switched to Microbiology, Virology and Epidemiology
  • Always loved chasing bugs (microbial and logical)
  • Back to school a few years ago for an MBA in Hospital Management
  • Since 2010: Working as a Professor of Medicine and Health Technologies at the University of Applied Sciences in Ulm, teaching in the faculty of Computer Science (yeah, sounds weird, I know)

If you're interested in a (German) BSc program in Health Information Management, where you'll learn about the intricate connections between IT, management, and medicine, check out our homepage!

Funny StackOverflow achievements:

  • Sole owner (as of July 2013) of the regex-negation badge
  • Winner of the gold Java badge despite never having written a single program in this language. (Being a regex one-trick pony pays off in unexpected ways :))

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accepted How to analyze whether a PDF file is valid?
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revised How to analyze whether a PDF file is valid?
update
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comment How to analyze whether a PDF file is valid?
The ISO-19005-1 compliant version looks even worse. I had tried that before submitting the bug report. However, semi-good news: MS has acknowledged this as a "limitation" of Office 2007 SP3, so I don't have to pay for the support incident.
Mar
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comment How to analyze whether a PDF file is valid?
Well, my university only provides Office 2007 for now; I guess they're going to skip 2010...
Mar
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comment How to analyze whether a PDF file is valid?
Thanks! As for the €360, it's too late now - you can't even start a bug report without up-front payment (but my university will pick up the bill if MS refuse to acknowledge this as a bug, so I won't be hurt personally by this). After your previous analysis, I was certain it's a bug, but MS have managed to instill some fear, uncertainty and doubt into me.
Mar
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comment How to analyze whether a PDF file is valid?
@Nifle: As it does in Foxit or Chrome's internal PDF viewer. My guess is they just ignore the errors. At least that's my hope, otherwise goodbye €360...:)
Mar
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comment PowerPoint 2007 slides are only partially converted to PDF since SP3
Sorry to bother you again. Could you take a look at superuser.com/questions/397450/… - the MS support quest has begun...
Mar
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asked How to analyze whether a PDF file is valid?
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awarded  Popular Question
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accepted PowerPoint 2007 slides are only partially converted to PDF since SP3
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revised PowerPoint 2007 slides are only partially converted to PDF since SP3
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comment How do I rename a file to .htaccess in Windows 7?
This is an exact duplicate of this answer from over a year ago.
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revised PowerPoint 2007 slides are only partially converted to PDF since SP3
Update (new PPT version, no change)
Dec
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comment PowerPoint 2007 slides are only partially converted to PDF since SP3
Thanks for your help! I have indeed reproduced the problem by installing SP3 (see the edit to my question). Unfortunately, I have directly installed SP3, so I can't say which version was the culprit. But I guess my work PC had the other Service Packs installed without problems (will check tomorrow), so I'm pretty certain now that SP3 is to blame. Reinstalling the add-in didn't help by the way.
Dec
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revised PowerPoint 2007 slides are only partially converted to PDF since SP3
Update: Reproduced problem with installation of SP3
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comment PowerPoint 2007 slides are only partially converted to PDF since SP3
There are no images in that slide, only vector graphic objects, and I'm pretty sure they are less than 8100 bytes. (I've also had this problem with simple, monochrome rectangles, so I think that's not the problem either (especially since Adobe Reader displays the exact same slides just fine that I had previously converted to PDF with Office 2007 pre-SP3). I'm just preparing to do a clean install of Office 2007 on a new machine and will try the conversion before and after installation of SP3. Perhaps I can reproduce the error.
Dec
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comment PowerPoint 2007 slides are only partially converted to PDF since SP3
I'm using Adobe Reader 10.1.1 (our university's printing center uses Acrobat Professional 10, and they see the same problems - and I'm dependent on them for the printouts). Both complain of "invalid elements" in the PDF file, where Foxit appears to be more lenient. So that's not an alternative for me, unfortunately.
Dec
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comment PowerPoint 2007 slides are only partially converted to PDF since SP3
OK, I have uploaded two files and linked them in the question. Thanks for looking at them!