[texworks] Wishlist for pdf previewer

Herbert Schulz herbs at wideopenwest.com
Sat Sep 24 12:32:06 CEST 2011

On Sep 24, 2011, at 3:44 AM, Arno Trautmann wrote:

> Jonathan Kew wrote:
>> On 22 Sep 2011, at 16:58, Stefan Löffler wrote:
>>> as you may or may not know, Charlie and I are currently working on an
>>> overhaul (you could also call it replacement) of the current pdf viewer.
>>> This means now is the perfect time to tell us what you would like to see
>>> changed in the pdf viewer, so we can see what we can do to implement them.
>>> There are a few things that you don't need to bring up, however:
>>> - multipage/continuous view - that is up and running already
>>> - text selection - that is on our wishlist, but due to implementation
>>> details in poppler not too easy to achieve. If we have the time, we
>>> might look into how evince/okular/other poppler-based programs do it,
>>> but it's unlikely that this makes it into the first version that we
>>> bring to Tw
>>> - printing - this is highly platform dependent and independent of the
>>> core pdf previewer code (which only deals with displaying things on the
>>> screen), so not the primary target right now
>>> Alright, so let's all work together to improve the pdf previewer.
>> One thing I've been meaning to suggest: it might be worth experimenting with the Cairo backend to poppler (in place of the Splash renderer). Some comments I've seen (sorry, don't have references offhand) have suggested that it gives superior results; and in particular, it might serve as a stepping-stone towards printing support
> Maybe I did understand everything wrong, but my TeXworks here (0.5 r869) shows a “print pdf” menu entry, and as far as I remember, most of my students used TeX works to print out their pdfs. So what is meant with “printing support”?
> cheers
> Arno


There is ``jury-rigged'' printer support under windows. However that support doesn't extend to other OSes and one of the nice things about TeXworks is that it is cross platform.

Good Luck,

Herb Schulz
(herbs at wideopenwest dot com)

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