[xubuntu-users] Is atril now the default PDF viewer on all Ubuntu or just Xubuntu, it's no good at printing

Chris Green cl at isbd.net
Thu Nov 8 16:02:05 UTC 2018

On Thu, Nov 08, 2018 at 08:18:00AM -0600, Victor Forberger wrote:
> On 11/8/18 5:02 AM, Chris Green wrote:
> > I just tried to print something which was automatically opened using
> > atril, it's very buggy!  Firstly it didn't select the typefaces
> > correctly and secondly it printed single sided when it should have
> > been double sided.  When I used evince instead everything worked fine. 
> > 
> > Has atril become the default PDF viewer for all Ubuntu versions or is
> > it just for xubuntu?
> > 
> > ... and if I uninstall atril will I get back to using evince with no
> > further hassle?
> > 
> Atril is the default for xubuntu 18.04+.
OK, that's what I guessed but I wanted to make sure.

> You can still use evince. If not already installed, try
> sudo apt-get update
> sudo apt-get install evince
> Then, right click on a PDF doc, select Properties, and then select the
> app to open it under "Open With:" Evince along with Atril should be
> listed as one of the options.
> This setting will subsequently apply to all your PDFs.
OK, thanks, evince is already installed.

> I actually prefer atril, as it behaves like evince used to and seems to
> be better suited for Xubuntu than evince (Atril still has a menu, for
> instance).
Yes, I did find the rather odd new icons (and two the same) in evince
a bit confusing.

> The first time you use any app, you may need to adjust printer settings.
Oh I tried several times.  Although I selected double-sided it always
came out single sided.

> I'm not sure what font problems you were having with Atril.
I've seen similar before occasionally (but I'm not sure quite when, a
long time ago anyway).  It looked as if something somewhere along the
line couldn't find the right font and substituted something with quite
wrong spacing metrics such that some letters were squished together
and some had big gaps.  Again evince got it all correct.

> PS- always read the release notes before an upgrade, as they contain
> info about what apps are upgraded or changed with each new version of
> Xubuntu.
I usually do glance at them though in this case I might not have taken
all that much notice because changing evince to atril *shouldn't* have
caused me any problems.

Chris Green

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