[scribus] Strange: Printer prints low-res fonts alongside with graphics

Rolf-Werner Eilert eilert-sprachen at t-online.de
Wed Nov 23 15:08:14 UTC 2016

Am 23.11.2016 15:24, schrieb Gregory Pittman:
> On 11/23/2016 06:33 AM, Rolf-Werner Eilert wrote:
>> My OS is Linux. And I printed from a PDF, however not with AR but a
>> simpler one. Will try AR later, there is an old version on my computer
>> which I use whenever the other readers fail.
>> However, I'm not quite sure that this is the reason.
>> There are graphics on one page of the document, no graphics on the other
>> page (but only colored headers and boxes filled with a background
>> color). The fonts on the page with graphics look worse than those on the
>> other. I guess this is not a matter of the PDF reader, but either a
>> matter of Scribus making the PDF or a matter of printer options. My bet
>> is printer, because the same document printed on one of the other
>> non-color printers will look normally.
>> The same seems to happen in case of black-and-white printing: When a
>> graphic (picture, foto) appears on the page, the fonts on the same page
>> are printed "unsharp".
>> This happens on this printer only, it's the only color printer we have.
>> The PPD offers a number of settings, and my hope was to find someone who
>> could tell me "try this, then this" from own experience :)
> This surely must be the printer driver. What you can do to try to verify
> this is crank up the zoom in your PDF reader as high as it will go and
> see what the resolution looks like. Chances are, it will be fine. If
> it's not, then the problem is font-rendering, so you might try
> converting glyphs to outlines, and again check this resolution in your
> PDF reader.
> I can't print from Scribus in Fedora without using an alternative
> printer command. It's been this way for many Fedora versions, and
> probably is some issue with Scribus, since no other program I have has
> such an issue.
> Greg

You are right, Greg,

cranking it up to 400 % shows clear fonts. So it's the printer. And if 
nobody here has an idea where to set something, I will have to try myself ;)

Thanks a lot for the idea anyway!

In your Fedory, which printer or command fails and which one works? 
Maybe it's possible to find a defect library and swap/recompile it?


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