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Old 11-06-2004, 01:17 PM   #1
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PDF creation problems in KOffice

Ok, I know that can export to PDF and everything works just dandy. However, for a newsletter I was using KWord 1.3 because of the WYSIWYG creation abilities. KWord doesn't have an export to PDF ability, but there was a PDF printer available for selection. I'm not sure if this is included by Fedora, KOffice, KDE, or some other source, but it's there as a printer. So I print as PDF and it makes a file that has the extension .pdf, but it is not associated with any of the pdf viewing programs (of which I have many). When I highlight the in Konqueror it has 0 bytes and claims to be an empty document.

Then I open it in XPDF, through the "open with" command. Magically, my document is there, even though the computer claimed it was an empty document. Once I close XPDF I am suddenly able to see that the file is 5MB, whereas before it was 0B.

So this is a very roundabout process of making the PDF work and unless I take the step of opening it in XPDF, it doesn't on my Windows machine either.

But I would be ok with this long process of PDF creation, albeit annoyed, if it weren't for one problem - the PDF isn't perfect. At page three of my document there are a bunch of letters missing. Like instead of "Hello All" it says "H ll Al". All my pages are the same font, but only page three has this problem. To make things even stranger and inconsistent, this only affects the title text - the body of the article doesn't have any letters missing. The only exception is my email address which has the @ missing.

If anyone knows of a way to get a better PDF exporter/printer that will work under KOffice, please let me know. I've been trying tons of things over the past three days and am quite frustrated.

Also, if anyone knows if the latest version of KOffice has this ability, that woud be great too. (I think there's a new release, but it doesn't appear in yum as an update, it only appears as installation of a new program)

Any help with this would be greatly apppreciated as I would like to use KWord for future projects that have excessive amounts of formatting needs because MS Word and OpenOffice Writer just don't cut it for those types of projects.

Thanks again everyone!
Old 11-06-2004, 09:31 PM   #2
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Try printing to file, then running ps2pdf on the file you printed to.

Old 11-06-2004, 11:09 PM   #3
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worse than before

I tried ps2pdf and not only did it still have letters missing, but it also cut off parts of my page.

Thank you for the suggestion, though. I guess the table's open for suggestions again.


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