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    Default f-spot printing problem

    I have some photos in f-spot that I want to print, 4 to a page. But when
    I try to print them, the printer does nothing. I suspect that the photos
    are too large for the printer to handle, so I want to tell f-spot to
    reduce the resolution on printing. Is there a way to do that?

    I don't want to change the resolution of the photos themselves, just
    what gets printed.

    I also tried printing to a PDF, which worked. But when I try to print
    that PDF, it fails in the same way. So is there a way to postprocess
    images in a PDF?

    Cheers, Dave

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    Default Re: f-spot printing problem

    I have photos with large resolutions like 50 MB in size.
    I use gimp to reduce by scaling it down and export
    with a different file name then later delete it after
    I am done using it.

    I am not using f-spot so I have no idea if there is the
    same function.
    People who do not break things first will never learn to create anything

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    Default Re: f-spot printing problem

    On 2013-12-03 12:34, Dave Howorth wrote:

    > I also tried printing to a PDF, which worked. But when I try to print
    > that PDF, it fails in the same way. So is there a way to postprocess
    > images in a PDF?


    I change printer driver instead. My printer is postscript (HP), but with
    large photos it "crashes". So instead I use the pcl3 or hpijs pcl3
    drivers, which apparently do the processing on the computer instead than
    on the printer.

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    Cheers / Saludos,

    Carlos E. R.
    (from 12.3 x86_64 "Dartmouth" at Telcontar)

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    conram wrote:
    > I have photos with large resolutions like 50 MB in size.
    > I use gimp to reduce by scaling it down and export
    > with a different file name then later delete it after
    > I am done using it.


    Yes, that's exactly the 'solution' I want to avoid
    I'd like to have the computer do the grunt work for me.

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    Carlos E. R. wrote:
    > On 2013-12-03 12:34, Dave Howorth wrote:
    >
    >> I also tried printing to a PDF, which worked. But when I try to print
    >> that PDF, it fails in the same way. So is there a way to postprocess
    >> images in a PDF?

    >
    > I change printer driver instead. My printer is postscript (HP), but with
    > large photos it "crashes". So instead I use the pcl3 or hpijs pcl3
    > drivers, which apparently do the processing on the computer instead than
    > on the printer.


    Ah, OK. I'll give that a try, thanks.

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    I tried shotwell to open a photo and click print
    and I can reduce the printing dpi size
    If this could any help.

    The resolution is controlled by the printer
    I am using a brother printer here.
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    Default Re: f-spot printing problem

    On 2013-12-03 19:16, conram wrote:
    >
    > I tried shotwell to open a photo and click print
    > and I can reduce the printing dpi size
    > If this could any help.
    >
    > The resolution is controlled by the printer
    > I am using a brother printer here.


    Well, yes, but this should happen anyway you print. It depends who does
    the processing to convert to a printer bitmap: if you send "ps", the
    printer is capable of doing it (or so I understand), but needs memory.

    You could send a photo at 3000 dpi to the print system, which then sees
    the image size on paper, see the printer resolution at, say, 600 dpi,
    and thus it calculates a bitmap reduction on the fly. And if you expand
    the photo, it does interpolation. It can be done on the computer or on
    the printer, saving computer time (in theory).

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    Cheers / Saludos,

    Carlos E. R.
    (from 12.3 x86_64 "Dartmouth" at Telcontar)

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    Carlos E. R. wrote:
    > On 2013-12-03 19:16, conram wrote:


    Thanks to you both. I found a solution. I can print OK to a PDF file, as
    I mentioned. And I found that the acroread print dialog has a button
    squirreled away that says 'print as image' (or similar, I'm not in front
    of that computer now). Clicking that allowed the print to work

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