Printing Disaster on Windows
katir at hindu.org
Sun Feb 6 23:24:53 EST 2005
I have recently been blessed with an extremely competent Windows
user-beta tester of my Audio_Transcriber.rev app... I thought it was
time to upgrade to include printing so that users don't have to paste
their transcripts (simply plain text in one big field) into MS Word to
print out a draft for proofing... so with some trepidation I included
the printing libraries in my Standalone splash screen "player" engine
and then used this plain vanilla script
# get header entries from the custom prop
# duration, subject, file name of audio etc...
put the cHeader of me into tPrintTranscript
## clean up "geeky" delimiters for public viewing
replace "|" with ": " in tPrintTranscript
replace "\" with "" in tPrintTranscript
put cr & cr after tPrintTranscript
# load main transcript
put fld "Transcript" after tPrintTranscript
tested on Mac OSX with great results.. and feeling confident, released
this to a few users...
My beta tester from Adelaide, Australia who says "I have programmed in
every language known to man and taught nearly all of them... " writes:
I have tested the printing from a PC. The results are quite strange.
1. The first page prints beautifully
2. Subsequent pages are a mess.
This is the same whether I print from pages 1 - 6 , or print in
reverse. The first page (i.e. page #1 of the transcript) is printed
nicely, and pages #2 - 6 are a mess.
I had a look at the PS it produces, but it has been so long since I
read Postscript that I could not find the error.
This is what appears on pages 2 - 6
• Some text is missing - from the end of page 1 until a couple of
pages from the end of the transcript.
• The last 5 pages print the same material.
• The text is heavily overprinted. Each paragraph remains separate,
but the whole paragraph is overprinted. What should be a paragraph of
about 10 lines is reduced to 3 overprinted lines. 19 lines are reduced
to 5 overprinted lines. And so forth.
Hope this helps.
PS. When I use a Post Script Viewer, the PS looks just fine, and
actually I can print the file OK from the post script. So something is
possibly happening within the Transcriber software to cause the
Any insights? do I have to include some externals with the windows app
to get printing to work right on PC's?
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