Print Dialog / Improving "Print to file" option
lanoxx at gmx.net
Wed Aug 15 14:08:51 UTC 2012
I would like to know if the Print dialog that is used in Ubuntu, is
provided by a Gnome package or whether it is added by Ubuntu. In
particular, there is a default printer option named Print to File in
Ubuntu, and when it is chosen, then one can print to PDF, Postscript or
SVG (at least in Inkscape). The problem with this dialog makes saving
the file unnecessary complicated, because on has to first select the
folder which normally requires at least 4 clicks:
1. click on the dropdown
2. click "other..."
3. Choose the folder (might require more clicks)
4. click open
Then the filename says output.pdf which any sane person will probably
want to change. So I have to type the file name and then also add .pdf
again and finally I can click "Print".
There are another two caveats here, first if I forget to add ".pdf" to
the filename, then the file will be saved without the ".pdf" extension.
There is no logic to add it automatically. And second if I had printed
the document to a file before and now I want to save it again, then I
have to remember the file name and type it in again (also having to
select the folder again). If I make a typo, then I end up with two files
instead of overwriting the first one.
IMHO, it would me much easier, if there was only one long input field
and a button "Browse" next to it, which when clicked just opens a file
selection dialog, where one can enter the file name AND folder name
together, additionally this dialog should remember the last name that
was used to print, and also automatically supply the extension (e.g
.pdf, or .ps) based on the type that was selected.
So my question is, if this comes from Gnome or from Ubuntu so I can
create a bug in the right bug tracker for this, and maybe someone could
also point me to the code for the "Print to File" Options. Maybe I could
even fix this myself.
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