[Libreoffice-ux-advise] [Bug 75518] UI: Add "Print to File (PDF)" to list of printers in Print dialog

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[Libreoffice-ux-advise] [Bug 75518] UI: Add "Print to File (PDF)" to list of printers in Print dialog

https://bugs.documentfoundation.org/show_bug.cgi?id=75518

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--- Comment #7 from V Stuart Foote <[hidden email]> ---
(In reply to Yousuf (Jay) Philips from comment #6)
> The only OS i think this option might be useful for is on Linux, as the
> option to export to PDF isnt available as a virtual printer on Windows,
> which is why there are many free PDF printer drivers around (e.g. PrimoPDF,
> CutePDF, etc.).

Actually as Adolfo points out in Comment 5 -- Windows 10 now implements a
virtual PDF print device, similar to their long present XPS.

> On Linux, there isnt a virtual pdf printer installed by default, though it
> is easy to install one by installing the cups-pdf package on Ubuntu. So with
> this in mind, and knowing that CUPS has this capability and is installed by
> default on most Linux systems, the gnome print dialog has a 'Print to File'
> option that exports as PDF, Postscript and SVG. Calligra is also aware of
> this and provides Print to File options for PDF and Postscript from its
> print dialog.

Yes printing on all Linux flavors I'm familiar with is CUPS based, which makes
use of ghostscript--so PDF is derived there. Earlier Windows PDF printers do
similar, just bundled for Windows.  Now with "native" PDF support at Windows
10.
>
> Not sure how useful it is to pursue this enhancement when it is quite
> limited in its scope, we provide direct access to pdf exporting, and it
> would likely involve quite a bit of development. So lets see what devs think
> about how easy this is to implement.

IMHO, the existing menu "Export as PDF" using LibreOffice filters is
sufficient. Also, no need to add either a Print to File, or change the existing
Print dialog which includes either the OS provided, or an installed PDF printer
(e.g. CutePDF or Adobe Distiller).

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