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CUPS-PDF output font sizes (Solved)
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RetroTechGuy


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PostPosted: Mon 07 Jan 2013, 20:13    Post subject:  CUPS-PDF output font sizes (Solved)
Subject description: Cups prints some text fine, other so small it cannot be read
 

OK, it seems like I run into this from time to time.

Today, I was trying to print a PDF of a contact on LinkedIn. Notice that part of the text is fine, part is unreadable. I also often find pages which print what appears to be full size, but they are in some unreadable blocky printing style.

Has anyone else seen this?

I'm running Lupu5.28
pdfbad.jpg
 Description   A clip of a LinkedIn profile, after printing via CUPS-PDF.
 Filesize   7.61 KB
 Viewed   286 Time(s)

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PostPosted: Mon 07 Jan 2013, 23:29    Post subject:  

Lupu 528 has three choices for making a PDF file - Print to File, CUPS-PDF and pdf-writer. Do you have the same problem with all three?
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PostPosted: Mon 07 Jan 2013, 23:30    Post subject:  

rcrsn51 wrote:
Lupu 528 has three choices for making a PDF file - Print to File, CUPS-PDF and pdf-writer. Do you have the same problem with all three?


I haven't tried "print to file", but get the same results with the other 2.

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PostPosted: Mon 07 Jan 2013, 23:34    Post subject:  

Just tested Print to file, which is readable. Some of the fonts still look funny (blocky), others look normal.

I just pulled up an article, and saved to PDF. Note that some of the text is clear, some is blocky/crude. I get varying degrees of the blocky text, depending on web pages...
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 Description   Save to file, from Linked In.
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PostPosted: Tue 08 Jan 2013, 00:42    Post subject:  

Here's a page that prints clunky under CUPS-PDF:

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2013/jan/7/bipartisan-blows-stand-between-brennan-cia-post/print/

I'll see if I can find one of the really bad, unreadable ones...

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PostPosted: Tue 08 Jan 2013, 02:01    Post subject:  

My everyday machine is Quirky with an old version of Firefox. I saved your page above as a PDF and checked it in epdfview. It was fine.

I then imported the PDF file into Lupu 528 and checked it. It was still fine.

I always set two font preferences in Firefox.

1. Make the default font DejaVu Sans.
2. Disable "Allow pages to use their own fonts".
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PostPosted: Tue 08 Jan 2013, 18:47    Post subject:  

rcrsn51 wrote:
My everyday machine is Quirky with an old version of Firefox. I saved your page above as a PDF and checked it in epdfview. It was fine.

I then imported the PDF file into Lupu 528 and checked it. It was still fine.

I always set two font preferences in Firefox.

1. Make the default font DejaVu Sans.
2. Disable "Allow pages to use their own fonts".


Thanks rcrsn51! That fixed it.

Is there a pdf viewer that has a lower overhead? The Linked In page I printed ended up as about 1.8 MB, but epdfview eats a crapload of memory and CPU to open a file that size (I just looked, and it showed something like 80MB RAM, and 50%+ of the CPU -- I have an Athlon 2200 with 1 GB RAM).

And lastly, now we just need to figure out a way to electronically transmit a beer to you!... Wink

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PostPosted: Tue 08 Jan 2013, 19:57    Post subject:  

RetroTechGuy wrote:
Is there a pdf viewer that has a lower overhead?

Check out this thread.
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PostPosted: Tue 08 Jan 2013, 23:36    Post subject:  

Foxit works well on 5.28 (I picked the "lite"):

http://puppylinux.org/wikka/FoxitReader

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