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    Default Some applications wont let me print text in landscape correctly

    Hi,

    My setup:
    openSUSE 11.4.
    Acer Extensa 5635ZG
    Epson Stylus Photo PX710W, connected with WiFi

    I have just discovered that I can't print text from libreoffice writer/calc if the layout is set to landscape. The letters seems to have been stretched and printed over each other. If I print the same document in kword/kspread everything is printed as it should be.

    I have generated a pdf of the document and printed from okular/acroread, even then it's not printed correctly. Although it looks ok in okular/acroread.

    What else that can be seen is that when it's wrongly printed the printout is printed in the opposite direction compared to when it's printed correctly. I.e. the tail comes first on the paper so to say.

    Any thoughts of this? Where should I begin to search for faults?

    /Anders

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    Default Re: Some applications wont let me print text in landscape correctly

    since both _look_ ok on the screen, i think it must be a printer driver
    problem...and, therefore, the first thing i would do is make sure you
    have the correct driver installed..

    is the system correctly identifying your printer?

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    Default Re: Some applications wont let me print text in landscape correctly

    Quote Originally Posted by DenverD View Post
    is the system correctly identifying your printer?
    As the printer is on the(wireless) network I can't say that the system has detected anything really. I have installed the drivers from Linux Driver | AVASYS CORPORATION and manually selected the correct model when adding the printer in cups:
    Epson Stylus Photo PX710W - CUPS+Gutenprint v5.2.6.

    Unfortunately I can't remember if I ever printed anything in landscape when using openSUSE 11.3...

    /Anders

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    Default Re: Some applications wont let me print text in landscape correctly

    As LibreOffice does not appear to have any options to print in landscape in Calc, I don't think it is possible anyway. It appears to print in landscape to PDF and Postscript from Writer quite happily.

    AFAIK there are still some bugs in Okular relating to landscape printing. I have installed KPDF for the occasions when I need landscape printing and have had no problems with it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by john_hudson View Post
    As LibreOffice does not appear to have any options to print in landscape in Calc, I don't think it is possible anyway. It appears to print in landscape to PDF and Postscript from Writer quite happily.

    AFAIK there are still some bugs in Okular relating to landscape printing. I have installed KPDF for the occasions when I need landscape printing and have had no problems with it.
    But I can set the page layout to landscape, then it tries to print in landscape. The generated pdf looks ok, but not when printed.

    How do you install kpdf to kde4?

    /Anders

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    Default Re: Some applications wont let me print text in landscape correctly

    Search for kdegraphics3-pdf in software.opensuse.org: Download openSUSE 11.4

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    Quote Originally Posted by john_hudson View Post
    Search for kdegraphics3-pdf in software.opensuse.org: Download openSUSE 11.4
    No luck with kpdf:
    "A print error occurred. Error message received from system:

    cupsdoprint -P 'Epson' -J '2011-04-28_1.pdf' -H '/var/run/cups/cups.sock:631' -U 'therese' -o ' StpiShrinkOutput=Crop copies=1 orientation-requested=3' '/tmp/kde-therese/kpdfHGDiMj.ps' : execution failed with message:
    /bin/bash: cupsdoprint: kommandot finns inte "

    Which means that cupsdoprint can't be found. I can't find it either.

    /Anders

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    Default Re: Some applications wont let me print text in landscape correctly

    How did you install kpdf? I have /opt/kde3/bin/cupsdoprint installed; this is the normal location for KDE3 files. It suggests that not all the KPDF dependencies were installed on your system.

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    Default Re: Some applications wont let me print text in landscape correctly

    Quote Originally Posted by john_hudson View Post
    How did you install kpdf? I have /opt/kde3/bin/cupsdoprint installed; this is the normal location for KDE3 files. It suggests that not all the KPDF dependencies were installed on your system.
    I did as you suggested. Found this repo:
    Index of /repositories/KDE:/KDE3/openSUSE_11.4

    I did a reinstall and now it finds cupsdoprint. But the printout is bad anyway.

    I created a pdf with the same text and in landscape from kword. This pdf is printed correctly, even with:
    lpr -P Epson </path/to/pdf/file>

    /Anders

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    Default Re: Some applications wont let me print text in landscape correctly

    Hi,

    I have found the problem.

    When I installed the printer drivers the ppd for the printer was not made visible to CUPS, so the correct driver could not be selected when adding the printer in CUPS. Only gutenprint version.

    I have now copied the ppd for the printer to the CUPS ppd folder. Everyting seems to work now.

    /Anders

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