Consider the example below compiled using pdflatex. Basically it is a simple test of the Frankfurt theme and the Whale color theme (just attempting to make something smaller).

We experience problems with this example when printed on our Konica Minolta C360.

When we print from Adobe Reader, on Linux (or Mac, or from Windows using a PostScript Driver), the print is ignored. Prints fine if printed on Canon, HP or Oki, also print fine if we do not use Adobe Reader!

AR also prints on the KM, if the file is made using latex+dvips+ps2pdf.

I'm having some discussions with KM as to what the problem is.

Here are a few interesting observations.

If I print the PDF to a PS file on Linux using AR 8, the Adobe Distiller 9 on Win7, complain and recreate a PDF that is flawed.

AR X on Win 7, freezes if I attempt to print the PDF to a file.

The main problem in the PDF is the shadow, there is no problem if I remove the shadow.

Does anyone know if there are Adobe problems in regards to some of the shadings used by TikZ? (when compiling with pdflatex)

I can provide some of the generated files if needed.

I use an up to date TL 11 system to create the offending PDF.

\documentclass[handout]{beamer}
\usepackage{tikz}
%\usetheme{Frankfurt}

\makeatletter
\usecolortheme{whale}
\title{Test}
\author{}
\date{}
\begin{document}
\begin{frame}
\titlepage
\end{frame}
\end{document}

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## closed as too localized by Joseph Wright♦Feb 2 '13 at 22:59

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Shades and transparencies are a relatively recent PDF feature and a beast with respect to their transition to Postscript, which is usually happens when printed. Take a look at this answer. Even though the question and problem was something different and the solution does not immediately apply to your problem, it may explain the backgrounds that cause the troubles. –  Daniel May 7 '12 at 19:04
Just to rule out AR: Does it work if you print from other PDF Readers? Which one have you tested? –  Daniel May 7 '12 at 19:04
@Daniel: Xpdf works fine plus I can print this very file just fine from AR, on all of our other PostScript capable printers –  daleif May 8 '12 at 8:32
Basically I'm trying to find ways to explain to the manefacturer that their PostScrupt interpreter has a problem –  daleif May 8 '12 at 9:16
Can you please try to print the sphere I have in this answer? Please scale it down before you print to save ink. If it does, than it might be something related to TikZ formulation. –  percusse Jun 6 '12 at 19:05