[Sugar-devel] Print Support proposal (need input) Beta
Gary C Martin
gary at garycmartin.com
Thu Mar 19 17:22:20 EDT 2009
On 19 Mar 2009, at 20:34, Benjamin M. Schwartz wrote:
> Wade Brainerd wrote:
>> On Thu, Mar 19, 2009 at 2:51 PM, Benjamin M. Schwartz
>> <bmschwar at fas.harvard.edu> wrote:
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>>> Eben Eliason wrote:
>>>> I have to agree that a print to pdf function could be useful,
>>>> especially since it means that every activity can create output
>>>> can be transferred elsewhere (via email, USB drive, etc.) for
>>>> printing. This provides a method, albeit indirect, for G1G1
>>>> users to
>>>> print from various activities whose file formats are only
>>>> by a Sugar activity.
>>> No, it doesn't. What we are discussing here is building PDF
>>> functionality directly into Glucose. That means that the PDF
>>> will support a fixed set of common file formats, corresponding to
>>> output of a few popular Activities. At the moment, I am not aware
>>> of any
>>> Activity that produces printable data in a nonstandard format.
>>> produces Open Document Text. Record produces JPEG. Paint
>>> produces PNG.
>>> Therefore, these are the formats that the PDF renderer will support.
>> Um, last time I checked there were a few more activities than these
>> which might benefit from printing.
> I was not aware of any existing Activity which saves printable
> images or
> documents to the Journal in a format that is not commonly used
> outside of
> Sugar. Since you protested I looked through the source code of
> and sure enough, it seems to save Journal objects in its own special
> Even so, it will not be easy to print from Colors!. What we have
> described so far is a non-interactive, fixed set of conversions to
> included with Glucose. To support DRW, we would have to include a
> complete duplicate copy of Colors!'s rendering engine with Sugar...
> that will only work as long as Colors! doesn't change its output
> In order to permit printing from applications that don't save in any
> common format, we would have to create a much more complicated
> system, in
> which Activities somehow participate actively in the print conversion
> process. I'm not necessarily opposed to such a system, but it's a
> larger undertaking than simply blessing a few common formats. It
> probably be easier to add PNG export to Colors!.
Re PNG support in Colors!, yea I was looking for that a while back :-)
in the end I took a screen grab and cropped. Just added feature
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