OK, here's the situation.
I work at a small shop where a great deal of what we do is printing house plans on a large copy machine.
Typically, I get HPGL2 plot files, PDF's, TIF's, etc. that I then print for submittal to contractors, permit officials, etc.
Here's the sticky: Sometimes I get PDF's that are created with AutoCAD or something that preserves all the vector info and layering, which crashes my print system if there is too much to interpret. When I try to print with Adobe reader, it pops up a dialog that says "Flattening - " with a progress bar.
These are the only files that give me trouble, and I wonder if there is:
1- some sort of software (preferably freeware) or
2- a ghostscript process method
to "pre-flatten" these stupid things before they bog my machine.