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Re: Print with mupdf?

On Thursday 20 September 2018 11:30:06 Curt wrote:

> On 2018-09-20, Gene Heskett <gheskett@shentel.net> wrote:
> > On Thursday 20 September 2018 09:31:57 Curt wrote:
> >> On 2018-09-20, Siard <shiems146@kpnplanet.nl> wrote:
> >> >> > > > Is there any way to print from mupdf? It's very fast for
> >> >> > > > viewing PDFs but of limited use to me if it can't print.
> >> >> > >
> >> >> > > Using a mupdf option? No.
> >> >> >
> >> >> > Have you seen:
> >> >> > gv, epdfview, qpdfview, xpdf
> >> >>
> >> >> evince, atril
> >
> > I'm with you on the native format. Evince is purty, but doesn't
> > print some stuff correctly if you want it in dead tree format. Never
> > heard of mupdf, so can't comment, whats so special about it?
> Lightweight, old-timer.  And
>  The renderer in MuPDF is tailored for high quality anti-aliased
> graphics. It renders text with metrics and spacing accurate to within
> fractions of a pixel for the highest fidelity in reproducing the look
> of a printed page on screen.
> https://mupdf.com/
> But she don't print.

Considering the src, and licenseing, thats not surprising. ghostscript 
was written to get away from that, was gpl'd but no support from 
Artifex, but has since been relegated to print only functions, stripping 
out what was an excellent at the time 20 years back, a truely excellent 
screen renderer and a page file at a time printer driver.  ARexx on the 
amiga was an excellent, do it all language, and I wrote a file processor 
all those years ago that could do duplex on a simple printer. Took me 
most of 3 days to do a 505 page book. But the output was good stuff. Got 
a bit tedious if the file went past 500 pages though as the disk drives 
of the day didn't have room for all those page files. Ghostscript itself 
took a while to build when it was around the 5.0 to 5.2 mark, and has 
lost quite a bit of weight since, and sas C had problems with some of 
its constructs.  They weren't legal C-89 code.
> > okular does it all, very well.

Everything I've loaded into okular has rendered well, and its not at all 
fussy about the printer, leaving the ugly warts and details to cups. One 
could say it Just Works.

> >> > You could consider PDF-XChange Viewer. It is a Windows program,
> >> > but works perfectly with Wine.
> >>
> >> Excuse me but why in hell would he do that?  I mean that's quite
> >> some overhead just to print a lousy pdf, and as you offer no clue
> >> concerning the outstanding benefits that might accrue from running
> >> a Windows pdf viewer in Wine rather than some cozy, native program
> >> (unless I inadvertently cut out some of your reasoning below, in
> >> which case I will be shot at dawn, not to worry) I'm curious as all
> >> get out.
> >>
> >> Me personally I'm recommending 'Alf's PDF Viewer Like Vim' (aka
> >> apvlv), though I've never used it (but just might one of these
> >> days, you betcha) because I like the name (and it seems to be
> >> lightweight like, um, mupdf). And it prints!
> >>
> >>    :pr[int]
> >>
> >>                 Print the current document

Cheers, Gene Heskett
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