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Re: [Mostly Solved] Re: Blurry fonts in printed invoices

On Mon, Jul 14, 2008 at 20:30:05 -0400, Celejar wrote:
> On Mon, 14 Jul 2008 21:39:43 +0200 Florian Kulzer wrote:


> > If you still want to experiment with this a bit more then you can print
> > this page to a PDF and compare font names once again. I see these names
> > listed in the output of pdffonts:


> Hmm, I still get unhelpful output:
> $ pdffonts PDF/A_simple_test_page_for_common_fonts.pdf 
> name                                 type              emb sub uni object ID
> ------------------------------------ ----------------- --- --- --- ---------
> XXCIFJ+f-1-0                         TrueType          yes yes yes     10  0
> QEHNHK+f-8-0                         TrueType          yes yes yes     40  0
> UFQSLH+f-3-0                         Type 1C           yes yes no      14  0


> [none]                               Type 3            yes no  yes     22  0
> [none]                               Type 3            yes no  yes     39  0
> [none]                               Type 3            yes no  yes     31  0
> Most of the fonts look quite good.

Maybe we have to be satisfied with that, then. (A font by any other
name...) At least your system is smart enough to only embed the
necessary subsets; I now realized that mine bloats the PDFs with the
complete fonts.

> The exceptions are Courier,
> Helvetica and Times, which are once again blocky and pixellated.

What are your fontconfig settings? Here are mine:

# debconf-get-selections | grep fontconfig | column -t
fontconfig-config  fontconfig/subpixel_rendering  select   Automatic
fontconfig-config  fontconfig/enable_bitmaps      boolean  false
fontconfig-config  fontconfig/hinting_type        select   Native

Disabling the bitmap fonts makes quite a difference for me. (Whether
that is an improvement is a matter of taste, of course; some people seem
to dislike the "fuzzier" look of antialiased and hinted fonts.) This
affects primarily the on-screen rendering; I am not sure if it also
influences the PDF printer.

Regards,            | http://users.icfo.es/Florian.Kulzer
          Florian   |

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