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Re: Understanding the mystery of printing?

On Friday 30 January 2009 12:28:53 Tom Horsley wrote:
> I just got a new HP Photosmart C5580 which can (among other things)
> print on inkjet printable DVDs and CDs. My current goal (probably
> hopeless :-) is to tweak the .ppd file for the copy of the printer
> I made which defaults to the DVD tray and DVD paper size so that
> any application I care to print from will print in the middle
> of the DVD (a quest that will probably take years and cost
> thousands of lives :-).
> My first big mystery came with sample printouts I made of a
> hashmark pattern I could use to measure how far off from the
> center I am: Both inkscape and gimp print the pattern with
> the exact same offsets from the center of the CD, but open
> office prints with a completely different offset.
> As near as I can tell, I've told every app the page size is
> the same and there are no margins. They all print the marks
> scaled the same with the same distance between marks, so
> does anyone have any clue why open office thinks the center
> of the media is in a different place? Is there some obscure
> printer setup option I missed somewhere in OO?
> Even if I can figure how to tweak the .ppd file, it won't
> do much good if different applications use it a different way :-).

If that printer is supported by hplip you would be far better off installing 
it.  It will already have the facility to handle all the features of the 
printer.  OOo of course is a separate matter.  They seem hell-bent on making 
printing as awkward as possible.


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