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Old 12-28-2008, 06:48 AM   #1
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Landscape printing from web page via Firefox only does portrait -- elp!


Linux Mint 5.0, Firefox 3.0.5

Appreciate any help ASAP as need to print an official multi-page form from a government web page within 2 days. Never dreamed I would have this kind of problem!

The web site advises to select landscape in page setup before printing. The print dialog that pops up after pressing this button has no orientation setting option on the page setup tab. If I proceed anyway, the result is truncated portrait regardless which printer is selected, HP3055 or "Print to PDF in Documents folder".

Tried selecting landscape from the Firefox File menu Page Setup, but of course, this only affects the printing done from the Firefox menu, not from the web page's print button. And the browser's print command only prints the visible single page.

The Printer Configuration - localhost, obtained from Mint's control center Printing in the Hardware section, also has no page orientation configuration option.

Is this a Linux issue, a poor configuration at the web page, or something else entirely?

Thanks for any assistance.
 
Old 12-28-2008, 09:21 AM   #2
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I got this to work like this:
Open the page in firefox
File.. Print
Set the printer to be of type PDF file.
Print to the file.
Open the pdf file with kpdf
File... Print
Select your normal printer
Then click Properties. Select Landscape.
Print it.
 
Old 12-28-2008, 09:35 AM   #3
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I got this to work like this:
Open the page in firefox
File.. Print
Set the printer to be of type PDF file.
Print to the file.
Open the pdf file with kpdf
File... Print
Select your normal printer
Then click Properties. Select Landscape.
Print it.
Tried printing to PDF. On this Gnome system, it opens with Evince Document Viewer 2.22.2. And it's portrait!
 
Old 12-28-2008, 10:08 AM   #4
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Perhaps you can use CUPS to set the default orientation for your printer to be landscape.
Then print.
 
Old 12-28-2008, 12:27 PM   #5
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The third possible option in "Firefox print" :

tic the box "print to file" and get 'file.ps'

It's usually easier to handle than pdf.
....
 
Old 12-29-2008, 05:06 AM   #6
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Thanks all for your suggestions even though none of them worked!! Finally got it to print correctly from a Windows machine with IE, after overcoming my revulsion. So this leads to another question, besides running in Wine, which I have never been able to get to work, is there a way to emulate IE?
 
Old 12-29-2008, 10:27 AM   #7
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When printing pages from konqueror (KDE's file manager and web browser) all the normal KDE options for printing, including Landscape, are available. You'd have to install the KDE libraries though.

Maybe this is the excuse you need to give KDE a try I like it. You can, of course have both KDE and gnome installed, you can then choose which one to login to from a menu on your login screen.

I have never tried wine, and the only "browser emulation" I am aware of is spoofing your browser's identity for those stupid sites that say "Only works with IE".
 
Old 12-29-2008, 11:55 AM   #8
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I have one Printer here that in Windows the 'Select Paper source based on document size' checkbox is enabled by default in the print properties. When you print a PDF file it does just what you are saying (Portrait doc on a landscape page in our case), and no other setting will override it. Uncheck that box and it prints just fine. This issue only comes up with PDF documents and never anything else, so I think the all around issue is PDF related.

If you open the PDF document in IE, why not just save the PDF file locally before printing ?

If this is a Govt website then write to them and complain about public accessible forms only working for Windows IE Users..
Govt is supposed to be for all the people, not just those that run Microsoft products..
 
  


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