I have found that using the Taxcycle PDF printer (Adobe PDF - Bookmarks) for most applications within Taxcycle is excellent. I can print a pdf archived T2 return to a Xerox or HP laser printer and the output looks just as good as if I had printed directly from Taxcycle to the printer.
This morning I hard printed a couple of T4 slips that had been printed/saved as pdf files using the Taxcycle Adobe PDF printer. The output was nowhere near the quality of direct printing… and resembled something that would have been printed with an old 24 pin dot matrix printer. On the computer screen the fonts in the pdf file looked perfect.
I then tested using other PDF writers, such as the generic Adobe PDF printer, and printing a hard copy from that pdf file was perfect again.
So I thought the solution might be to configure my printing with a different PDF printer instead of the Taxcycle built in Adobe PDF printer. Unfortunately, the Catch 22 here is if you use a different pdf printer, you can’t select all the Taxcycle goodies such as saving to a specific file location, and being able to use Taxcycle to name the output file, password, pdf navigator etc.
If the PDF archive copies were just for my file, then I wouldn’t be bothered about the reduced quality if I ever had to print the file to a physical printer. However, I email many of the slips out in pdf format, so I would expect when the client prints from the pdf file they would also see this reduced quality in the output?
If anyone else might try printing a page (T4 slip) from your saved pdf file and confirm whether the quality looks lower than might have been expected. It’s possible this is just happening on my system.