[reportlab-users] Printing Problems

Garbage reportlab-users@reportlab.com
Wed, 24 Mar 2004 10:47:42 -0500

Andy Robinson wrote:

>>Considering the fact that my canvas is exactly 
>>8.5 x 11 and the paper I'm printing on is 8.5 x 11 and scaling is not 
>>done then shouldn't I get exactly what I have on the screen on to 
>>the page?
>Low end printers often distort things - usually a mix of
>vertical scale and translation.  And these days not only
>Acrobat but also HP print drivers try to apply magic distortions
>to fit everything in the printable area of the page, so real
>care is needed to have a repeatable setup with all options disabled.
>Try printing out a grid with measurements.  You can then use the 
>canvas.translate and canvas.scale methods to correct for it on a given
>I have some pretty good contacts with HP these days and was at
>a seminar with them yesterday on eForms; I'll try to
>find out if they have any data on this, as overprinting forms
>is a very common requirement and it's good to know what kinds
>of printers are actually calibrated...
>God luck,
>reportlab-users mailing list

Hmmmm...good thinking. I have a few other printers. I'm going to hook 
them up and try them all. Thanks for the info.