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Re: SuSE, OpenOffice and negative PDFs

  • Subject: Re: SuSE, OpenOffice and negative PDFs
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 29 Mar 2006 05:34:07 +0100
  • Newsgroups: alt.os.linux.suse
  • Organization: schestowitz.com / MCC / Manchester University
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__/ [ johnf ] on Tuesday 28 March 2006 16:42 \__

> Alan Searle wrote:
>> I used Knoppix for a year or so and regularly scanned documents into
>> OpenOffice and then used the 'Export to PDF' function to save it or to
>> create a copy for forwarding.
>> Now I have switched to SuSE, I tried doing the same operation with
>> SuSE/Sane/OpenOffice and found that, although the document scanned
>> correctly into OpenOffice (no problem), when I clicked the 'Export to
>> PDF' function, the resulting document was a negative copy (i.e. white
>> text on a black background).  At first I believed that this was maybe
>> because the scanned area was 'selected' (in the document) at the time of
>> export but I tried again and found that I got the same result.
>> The problem must be a simple one:  Maybe there is a setting somewhere
>> that I need to change?
>> If anyone has a tip then that would be a great help.
>> Regards,
>> Alan Searle
> I have a friend that does that 2 -3 times a day without any issues.  You
> did
> not say what versions of OO and SUSE you are using.  But if I were to guess
> I'd bet it has something to do with OO.
> John

All I can add to this discussion is that I haven't much faith in PDF
coversion under OpenOffice 2 beta, which I use in SuSE 9.3. A couple of
weeks back, I converted a document to PDF and although it opened up just
fine on that computer, it did not work on another two (Windows and SuSE,
Acrobat Reader 7). Just regenerating the PDF and tinkering with filenames
seemed to have 'miraculously' solved the issue and the output PDF was
suddenly fine. No idea as to why...

The conclusion of it all: are you using the lastest stable version of OOo? If
not, consider (re-)installation.

Best wishes,


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