More on Windows printing...
ambassador at fourthworld.com
Fri Jan 7 10:52:39 CST 2005
Lynch, Jonathan wrote:
> For my current project - it is not that important.
> For the idea I have for a future project, it would be important. It
> involves a complex sort of internet publishing of a multimedia form of
> daily/weekly/monthly magazines.
FWIW, one of the largest Internet publishing projects on the planet is
AOL, and with Rev you can build a system that's faster and more
attractive in less time than it takes them to have a meeting about it.
In a broad sense, the design possibilities for such a project could be
characterized as AOL vs. PDF. The former is 'Net-delivered interactive
software that has some printing capabilities, and the latter being
print-focused software that has some interactive capabilities.
If a print focus is preferable for your project, you may find it hard to
beat Acrobat for that. It's a fine tool for what it does, and there's
narry a system out there that doesn't have Acrobat Reader installed.
But if a true software experience is desirable, you really can outdo the
AOL experience in an afternoon with Rev.
While not precisely what you're looking for, you may find RevNet worth a
moment's look to tickle the imagination (in Rev see
Another project I can't say enough good things about is Christopher
Condit's Dynamic Digital Maps: <http://ddm.geo.umass.edu/>. I honestly
think all Rev developers owe it to themselves to take a minute to enjoy
this wonderful app -- a fine example of 'Net-delivered multimedia.
> It would only be important in the sense
> that it would be nice for the reader to be able to print out the product
> without having any words clipped.
If that's the only concern I'll bet we can solve it. Have you adjusted
the rightMargin of the field you're printing? If the right side is
being clipped you may find being a little generous with the rightMargin
will correct it.
> As to the question, would it be worth the trouble - I think so. Not just
> because it would benefit that project, but because it would be really
> nice for all Rev users to have available a "PrintforWindows" function
> that works perfectly that they could use without having to modify it
When it comes to the finer points of displaying text (kerning, font
metrics, etc.) there will always be some differences between screen and
print, less so on Mac than Win but pretty much everywhere. It's the
nature of the beast, translating from one cordinate system and rendering
architecture to another.
It's possible to minimize these differences beyond noticeability, and
there are specialized catagories of software that do just that (page
layout and some word processing tools).
But they are indeed specialized catagories, with as much code going into
solving that problem as most apps spend on their UI. It may be possible
for Rev to one day also provide the same level of control for
finely-tuned font metrics, but for myself I'd rather it be an external
so I wouldn't need to add so much to my apps, most (all?) of which would
likely never need it.
> If my choice is between having imperfect printing with Rev, or perfect
> printing with something else - Rev will definitely be the way to go for
Once you get the clipping issue resolved I think you'll be very happy
with that decision.
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