[kde-linux] system-config-printer

Anne Wilson cannewilson at googlemail.com
Tue Mar 3 08:09:37 UTC 2009

On Tuesday 03 March 2009 03:24:42 James Richard Tyrer wrote:
> Anne Wilson wrote:
> > On Monday 02 March 2009 12:20:59 James Richard Tyrer wrote:
> >> What it has is a print dialog that is able to use the features of the
> >> printer. �Something that KDE (3|4) can not do.
> >
> > Absolute rubbish.  I have used kde printing for years, with two printers
> > that have duplexing and n-up capability.  I have no problems whatsoever.
> Yes, KDE-3 Supports duplexing.  N-Up has nothing to do with the printer.
> I think that what I said was that there is no way to set the printer
> resolution with the KDE/Qt print dialog, and that is true.
> Perhaps this:
> http://home.earthlink.net/~tyrerj/kde/013.png
> is more to the point.  You can adjust all of these parameters.  

Surely printer resolution is embedded in the document?   Otherwise you'd have 
no idea what would come out of the printer.  Three people printing it would 
see three different documents.  Your screenshot is of a pdf writier, which is 
a very different thing, I would have thought.

> KDE-3.5
> is able to do this but it is basically hard coded for just PDFs --
> doesn't work for PS files.  With OO this is all done by reading a PPD
> file.  It is a nice interface and adding it to KDE-4 would be an
> improvement.
> Since this is controlled by the PPD file, you can use a different PPD
> file and you have different parameters to match the printer that you are
> using.  Basically, it works like that CUPS::Set Printer Options page.

I'm totally lost on this.  There's nothing to stop you having more than one 
ppd file.  There's nothing to stop you having more than one print queue set up 
for one printer, based on one ppd file, with different parameters set.  I've 
not found anything that I wanted to do in printing that I can't do.  This 
thread is getting nowhere, IMO.

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