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From Robert Meyer <rme...@hotmail.co.uk>
Subject RE: PCL output is really blocky
Date Tue, 01 May 2012 12:05:42 GMT

Hi Marcin,
I assume you have done this numerous times already, but have you tried alternating the rendering
between "speed" and "quality" and also changing text-rendering from "auto" to "bitmap" to
see if you see any improvements? <renderer mime="application/vnd.hp-PCL">
Also, taken from the same section of the documentation:
"You can control the output resolution for the PCL using the "target resolution" setting on
the FOUserAgent. The actual value will be rounded up to the next supported PCL resolution.
Currently, only 300 and 600 dpi are supported which should be enough for most use cases. Note
that this setting directly affects the size of the output file and the print quality. "
I tried generating some example PCL files and found the quality to be be sufficient using
the default FOP settings. Would it be possible for you to send the fo file which generated
the attached blocky PCL file? I also assume you are using FOP 1.0.
Best Regards,
Robert Meyer 

Date: Wed, 25 Apr 2012 18:13:23 +0100
Subject: PCL output is really blocky
From: marcin.tustin@gmail.com
To: fop-users@xmlgraphics.apache.org


I'm using FOP (embedded in some other stuff) to output PCL. Unfortunately, the output is really,
really blocky (see attachment).

I am aware of this page:  http://xmlgraphics.apache.org/fop/1.0/output.html#pcl 
However, it isn't especially useful to me. Pretty much the only thing I can see that it recommends
to help is to install the JAI library. I have honestly tried to find it, but the best I can
find is that there is a page for it on java.net with no downloads (or really any information
at all).

I'm also aware of http://xmlgraphics.apache.org/fop/gethelp.html#doc but I certainly can't
find detailed, comprehensive documentation.

Also, almost all fonts are being ignored. 

So, I have two questions:
1) How do I improve the resolution of my output/make it appear less blocky; and
2) How do I make fop use all fonts installed on the system (and how do I tell FOP where to
find those fonts).


Marcin Tustin

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