[xubuntu-users] new pdf file

Peter Flynn peter at silmaril.ie
Fri Aug 3 08:03:04 UTC 2018


On 02/08/18 20:48, Victor Forberger wrote:
> atril is the new pdf reader, and its functions and layout are like
> evince under 14.04 (at least from what I recall).

I do hope that atril is adding something, because it isn't worth
changing for the sake of change.

Evince was one of the few PDF readers for Linux that did not make
unwarranted prejudgements about the print environment (the other one
being okular): the rest have made some extraordinary and careless
decisions, like omitting the print-quality setting or the scale-to-fit
switch from the Print dialog.

Given that Acrobat Reader for Linux is not being updated any more, even
the good PDF readers still don't provide the range of controls (or the
echo of the generated lpr command-line) that Acrobat provided.

Many long-term UNIX and GNU/Linux users act surprised that migrating
Windows and Mac users give up and go back — this is a good example of
one of the reasons why: the tools are excellent, but simply don't
provide the features expected by normal users (that is, end-users, not
developers or programmers).

///Peter




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