[tex-live] automatically print dvi files to a printer on windoze

Zdenek Wagner zdenek.wagner at gmail.com
Fri Jun 12 15:31:44 CEST 2015

2015-06-12 15:21 GMT+02:00 hw <hw at gartencenter-vaehning.de>:
> Am 12.06.2015 um 15:11 schrieb Zdenek Wagner:
>> Fonts are not the only problem. Buch more serious problem is that
>> paper size is unknown. It is possible to use \special but it depends
>> on the output driver to be used. It is much better to use pdftex
>> because the paper size can be given by several ways (geometry package,
>> zwpagelayout package, pdftex primitives) and it is properly set in the
>> resulting PDF. All PDF readers on all platforms will see the correct
>> paper size and many printer drivers are then able to switch the tray
>> if your printer contains several trays with different paper sizes.
> My impression was that the PDF viewer does something with the paper size or
> whatever and thus messes up the printing.  I should probably do another test
> with a PDF file generated by pdflatex to see if it gives better results.
> The geometry package is used to set the paper size and margins.
No, the PDF viewer gets the paper size right but when printing, the
print dialogue offers quite a lot of options, for instance "fit to
printer margins". These options distort the output, sometimes in an
unpredictable way. You have to prepare PDF with the correct size and
switch scaling to "none".

> The printer doesn't have trays to select from.  Blank labels are fed from a
> roll inside the printer, and the printer driver knows what size labels are
> being printed by the user selecting the label through its options dialog.

Zdeněk Wagner

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