I have booked online tickets for a DB ICE train and it says to print it on A4 paper. I have no idea what this is. Please help! Thanks!
A4 paper is the type of letter sized paper used in Europe. It's a little longer (11.69") and a little narrower (8.27") than US letter sized paper. I went through this a few years ago when they first came out with the self-print tickets. Maybe someone else will know from recent experience. It's a pdf file. I think you can just set the print for our letter size, but select Page scaling as "none" and uncheck "Choose Paper source ...". There used to be a sample print on the Bahn website, and it told you what the final dimensions should be on the ticket.
The main thing to remember is to use the printer icon on the top of the Acrobat Menu bar, not the printer fuction under "File" on the windows Menu bar.
With older versions of Acrobat, you could get a ticket that was the wrong size if you didn't set the printer correctly, but I think they have corrected that problem now. It doesn't seem to matter how I set the printer. The reason for specifying A4 on the old Acrobat was that the ticket itself was formated for the B5 paper that was used in the train station printers, which is smaller paper similar to the obsolete US "executive" size. B5 is only 7.17 wide, and with the margins "needed" by printers, part of the border would be deleted.
The main thing with using A4 paper was to ensure that the printer was not expecting B5. Letting it print on 8-1/2 x 11 works too.
You can print a sample ticket on the Secutix website, www.secutix.com.
We printed ours off on standard 8 1/2 x 11 paper and I don't think it printed anything too different. We go in a few weeks. I'll have to double check that things are fine with our tickets...I think they are! We have the latest version of Adobe for our Mac, so I'm guessing things are fine?
Don't worry about the A4 thing. Just print the ticket out as you would anything else. I've used these e-tickets many times without any problem.
But for your information: A4 paper is 21 cm x 29.7 cm The ratio between length and width is 1 to square root 2. Thus the paper keeps the same length-width ratio when it's folded.
Just print it out and don't use the "fit to page size" functionality. The most important thing is that the 3-D bar code gets printed properly. Letter size is wider than A4 (which is the paper size standard in Europe, Asia, Africa, ...) but shorter than it which doesn't matter as the self-print tickets aren't that long anyway...