Printing PDF Issue

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cnirbhay
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Printing PDF Issue

Postby cnirbhay » Tue Nov 15, 2016 5:12 am

There is a problem in printing PDF from FreeCAD. Sometimes the printing gets stuck in between & sometimes prints in poor quality. Also From FreeCAD exposed to .svg Open .svg in InkScape, saved as bitmap. That bitmap (.png .jpg .bmp) is printed to obtain poor quality print out.

What's the solution?

An example file made by a student is attached below.
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NormandC
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Re: Printing PDF Issue

Postby NormandC » Tue Nov 15, 2016 6:02 am

As for most help requests, and as detailed in the forum rules, you need to provide the full FreeCAD info for the PC on which the problem happens. It may very well be system dependent.

Edit: just tried File --> Export to PDF without issue apart from the slow process. Of course it's only one try... But maybe the problem is due to the model being complex.

OS: Ubuntu 14.04.5 LTS
Word size of OS: 64-bit
Word size of FreeCAD: 64-bit
Version: 0.16.6703 (Git)
Build type: None
Branch: releases/FreeCAD-0-16
Hash: 2ce5c8d2e3020d05005ed71f710e09e9aa561f40
Python version: 2.7.6
Qt version: 4.8.6
Coin version: 4.0.0a
OCC version: 6.8.0.oce-0.17
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Re: Printing PDF Issue

Postby wmayer » Tue Nov 15, 2016 9:50 am

FYI, the file was created with version 0.17R8681 but can't tell you the platform.

When loading the file with FreeCAD I realized that it becomes quite unresponsive when activating the drawing view. But when the 3d view is active it behaves normally.
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Re: Printing PDF Issue

Postby triplus » Tue Nov 15, 2016 12:49 pm

Hi @cnirbhay!

Here is one solution i know of ATM that would do what you are after. Unfortunately it doesn't yet work with TechDraw WB (i would need to test if i can automate exporting of SVG file from Python in TechDraw and use that).

viewtopic.php?f=3&t=12353

P.S. But you can always do that yourself. That is export the drawing as SVG and after print it to PDF file in Inkscape.
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cnirbhay
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Re: Printing PDF Issue

Postby cnirbhay » Wed Nov 16, 2016 2:09 am

Thanks for the help everyone, I'll go through the suggestions. :-)