Okular preferred linux PDF reader

Peter Lewis lewisp at avex.co.uk
Thu Dec 3 09:16:23 GMT 2009

On Thursday 03 Dec 2009 Dotan Cohen sent:

> > Except for printing and magnification!
> > In features, with acroread, it is possible to print first the even
> > numbered pages in reverse order then, after placing the printed sheets
> > text side down in the input tray, the odd number pages in true order.
> > Duplex printing from a simplex printer.
> > Can anyone find how to do this with Okular?
> > Other print capabilities from acroread are scaling to paper size and
> > printing two copies of a single page side-by-side on one sheet (ideal for
> > fliers). When acroread is zoomed in the text scales perfectly, with
> > okular it and the picographic parts become very pixellated.
> Please comment on these bugs:
> https://bugs.kde.org/show_bug.cgi?id=60037
> https://bugs.kde.org/show_bug.cgi?id=171925
> https://bugs.kde.org/show_bug.cgi?id=196303

Yes these fairly encapsulate the problem. My work-around is to use acroread 
which does have its own print dialogue.

> > On the plus side, Okular starts much faster and is perfectly adequate for
> > reading documents designed to be viewed at normal magnification.
> What problems do you have with magnification?
I think that I malign okular. The problem is that I use pdf maps and diagrams 
that show massive detail and would view normally on A0 paper. I found that 
attempting to magnify up with okular often left me with a white window so I 
used the window magnify facility, hence the pixellation. On further inspection 
I find that okular has a limited magnification range and if one requests 
greater magnification, then it just wipes the window! If one asks for anything 
up to 300% it will eventually display the magnified image, it just takes some 
time. Acroread takes some time to start but the time to re-render at greater 
magnification is negligible.
Sorry for my over simplified miss-post.

All the best,
Peter Lewis
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