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Thread: Libreoffice doesn't print landscape files properly

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    Default Libreoffice doesn't print landscape files properly

    I have a fair number of .odt files that are oriented landscape, not
    portrait. I have a great deal of difficulty getting them to print correctly
    with Libreoffice. Usually I have to export them as pdf files and then print
    them.

    Coincidentally, I recently reinstalled Opensuse 11.1 (with Evergreen) on a
    server, and of course, it was still using Open Office. The very same files
    I had trouble with LibreOffice printed just fine with OpenOffice.

    I've seen some other comments that suspected this problem was caused by the
    ppd file not being in the cups folder, but to me this looks like a
    LibreOffice problem.

    The bad printing has occurred with both OpenSuse 11.3,11.4 and 12.1.

    The printer was a Brother HL5370DW, and I have the same problem with a
    Brother HL-2140.

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    Default Re: Libreoffice doesn't print landscape files properly

    I just recently encountered this problem trying to print a spreadsheet in landscape from LibreOffice on 11.4. I finally saved the file as an xls file, opened it in Excel 2007 running in Wine, and it printed just fine in landscape. So I agree it is a LibreOffice problem, not a CUPS issue. My printer is an HP Laserjet P2035.

    I am using LibreOffice 3.4.2, and I have noticed that there is a newer version in the LibreOffice repository; I may try upgrading to see if that fixes it.

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    Will Honea NNTP User

    Default Re: Libreoffice doesn't print landscape files properly

    dimesio wrote:

    >
    > I just recently encountered this problem trying to print a spreadsheet
    > in landscape from LibreOffice on 11.4. I finally saved the file as an
    > xls file, opened it in Excel 2007 running in Wine, and it printed just
    > fine in landscape. So I agree it is a LibreOffice problem, not a CUPS
    > issue. My printer is an HP Laserjet P2035.
    >
    > I am using LibreOffice 3.4.2, and I have noticed that there is a newer
    > version in the LibreOffice repository; I may try upgrading to see if
    > that fixes it.


    Same problems here. I thought it might be printer related but testing with
    the 4 different printers here gave the same result - landscape printing
    doesn't work with LO. During the process I noted that the page properties
    also had some screwy metrics for the height/width that I had to manually
    change to get useable images printed to anything.

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    Default Re: Libreoffice doesn't print landscape files properly

    I found a temporary fix that works with my printer: go to File=>Printer Settings=>Properties=>Device tab. On my system the "Printer Language type" was set to PDF; changing it to "Postscript (level from driver)" made landscape printing work.

    Unfortunately, there doesn't seem to be a way to make the change permanent. The setting will last only as long as you have LibreOffice open.

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    Default Re: Libreoffice doesn't print landscape files properly

    I found a way to make Postscript the default printer language for new documents, though it won't help for existing ones: create and save a new template with that setting, then make that template the default. You have to do it separately for Writer and Calc (and presumably for all the other apps, too).

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    Default Re: Libreoffice doesn't print landscape files properly

    On 2012-02-20 20:38, Will Honea wrote:
    > dimesio wrote:



    Then, why don't you three report in bugzilla?

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    Default Re: Libreoffice doesn't print landscape files properly

    On 2012-02-20 22:16, dimesio wrote:
    > Unfortunately, there doesn't seem to be a way to make the change
    > permanent. The setting will last only as long as you have LibreOffice
    > open.


    Try "spadmin" :-?

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    Default Re: Libreoffice doesn't print landscape files properly

    Quote Originally Posted by robin_listas View Post
    Then, why don't you three report in bugzilla?
    There already seem to be at least three bugs filed for it:

    https://bugs.freedesktop.org/show_bug.cgi?id=38962
    https://bugs.freedesktop.org/show_bug.cgi?id=43656
    https://bugs.freedesktop.org/show_bug.cgi?id=44664

    Try "spadmin" :-?
    That just opens the same dialog as File=>Printer Settings, and the changes still don't stick.

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    Default Re: Libreoffice doesn't print landscape files properly

    I have found that, where landscape does not print properly, Printer settings>Properties still shows Portrait; changing this and then saving the document has normally resolved the problem. Unfortunately, it appears to affect all files saved as landscape with an earlier version of LibreOffice.

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    Default Re: Libreoffice doesn't print landscape files properly

    My observation is when I try to print two pages on one page.
    It should rotate the page to landscape and print each page side by side.
    What occurs is a partial print out in portrait format.

    Anyone found a work-around for this?

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