Font rendering (was: Re: Flash player no longer supported, what happens to media9 and Skim?)
Alan E. Davis
lngndvs at gmail.com
Mon Aug 3 09:37:50 CEST 2020
Actually the first time I noticed this was when the text labels on the
graph were invisible in Inkscape. Inkscape has an internal and a Cairo
engine (if that is the correct word), and gives an option to selection one
method when opening a PostScript file. So it does involve text, to some
On Mon, Aug 3, 2020 at 12:34 AM Alan E. Davis <lngndvs at gmail.com> wrote:
> Off topic and out of order. Please feel free to ignore this if it is
> completely bonkers.
> I have been pulling my hair out about differences between pdfs produced by
> conversions by ps2pdf, of PostScript output by the Gri graphing language.
> This did not involved text. A friend converted on a Mac and got much
> prettier results than my results from ps2pdf, either standalone or by way
> of Inkscape. My workflow has been working fine for at least two years, and
> other edits with Inkscape too that suddenly are not working the same.
> Why I thought this message thread relevant to my issue: I never understood
> previous to the past month that PDFs are rendered differently by different
> software. Even a push or a shove in some direction would be gratefully
> received, toward learning more about this entire process. It troubles me
> that my work, as trivial as it is---tide graph calendars, and other
> graphs---would not be rendered consistently on different media. I get it
> that in print, my carefully edited grid line widths will look differently
> on photo paper in a consumer printer than on, say, generic printer paper.
> I have been looking at them with evince, okular, acroread (on GNU/Linux),
> and other pdf readers. My eye is obviously not as discerning as yours,
> because I seem little difference between the two images in your
> attachment. I don't know what to look for.
> I apologize that this is probably not related to your discussion.
> I can provide graphics if anyone wants to look at them.
> Alan Davis
> On Sun, Aug 2, 2020 at 1:50 PM Jim Diamond via texhax <texhax at tug.org>
>> Hi Paulo,
>> On Sun, Aug 2, 2020 at 13:02 (-0700), Paulo Ney de Souza wrote:
>> > Your point is made. I can see it.
>> I'm glad to hear I wasn't hallucinating the whole thing :-)
>> > I have to investigate first the chances that the Acrobat
>> > installation is damaging Evince. I have seen it happening a couple
>> > of times in the installation of our Production Suite in the past but
>> > thought we had left this behind now...
>> ? I really don't see how that could happen.
>> But I will tell you that I see the same so-so font rendering from
>> evince on a system which is 64-bit only, and thus I don't have
>> Acroread on that system.
>> > I'll have the opportunity to do a new installation this next week
>> > and will try before and after installing Acrobat.
>> I'll be interested in hearing how it goes, but I'll be surprised if
>> Acrobat has anything to do with it.
> "This ignorance about the limits of the earth's ability to absorb
> pollutants should be reason enough for caution in the release
> of polluting substances."
> ---Meadows et al. 1972. Limits to Growth
> (p. 81)
"This ignorance about the limits of the earth's ability to absorb
pollutants should be reason enough for caution in the release
of polluting substances."
---Meadows et al. 1972. Limits to Growth
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