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Print dialog font is too small: Acrobat Reader on Linux

Sep 3, 2007 9:24 AM

I'm running Acrobat Reader version 7.0.5 on CentOS 4.5 (RedHat Enterprise
4.5) and find that the fonts used on the Print dialog are too small.

They are much smaller than the fonts used on labels and other controls
in the rest of the application, and are very difficult to read. By
comparison, they seem to be about 1/2 the size of the font used by the
Reader menu bar (File, Edit, View, ...).

I've gone through the Edit -> Preferences, but don't see anything which
will change the size of the fonts used on this dialog.

Is there a configuration file or some other way that I can increase the
size of these fonts?

Thanks,
 
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    Sep 3, 2007 8:50 PM   in reply to (MarkEHansen)
    Mark,

    Could you try editing your global font preferences?

    If you're using GNOME, this can be done by invoking 'gnome-font-properties' and editing 'Application Font'

    - Ashutosh
     
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    Sep 4, 2007 9:07 AM   in reply to (MarkEHansen)
    I'm also using Adobe Reader 7.0.8 and have had several complaints from users that the font is too small and very difficult to read.
     
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    Sep 4, 2007 7:13 PM   in reply to (MarkEHansen)
    Hi Mark,

    Can you try this on a Linux window manager and see if you can reproduce the problem ? That would clarify if the problem is specific to cygwin only.

    Regards,
    Romil
     
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    Sep 6, 2007 3:49 AM   in reply to (MarkEHansen)
    Hi Mark,

    We have taken a note of the issue.
    Thanks for pointing out the problem.

    Regards,
    Rishi
     
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    Sep 6, 2007 6:27 AM   in reply to (MarkEHansen)
    Will this be addressed future updates? Is it something that we can add to the reader_prefs file?
     
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    Sep 6, 2007 9:38 AM   in reply to (MarkEHansen)
    Hi,

    We'll try to address this in a future update.

    This cannot be modified through reader_prefs (or any other configuration file).

    Regards,
    Ashutosh
     
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    Mar 31, 2009 3:38 AM   in reply to (MarkEHansen)
    hi,
    i'm new to the world of linux.i am using the RHEL 5. i want to download acrobat reader.please tell me the procedure and link to download it..
    thanks,
    nishanth
     
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    Mar 31, 2009 4:35 AM   in reply to (MarkEHansen)
    Go to http://get.adobe.com/reader/ in the browser on the Linux machine, and click on Download.

    -Gaurav
     
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    May 5, 2009 7:54 AM   in reply to (AshutoshJSharma)

    This is still an issue with version 9.1.

     

    But ot only the print dialog is affected. Every dialog (except for the GTK standard dialogs for file selection) shows this issue that the font settings in $HOME/.gtkrc-2.0 are completely ignored, which results in tiny and fuzzy, almost unreadable fonts (other GTK applications don't have this problem). However, in contrast the OK and Cancel buttons of the print dialog (but not of the other dialogs) are displayed in the correct font as specified in $HOME/.gtkrc-2.0, as is the menu bar. This issue really is very annoying and obviously not fixed since version 7.x in 2007. Can this bug please be addressed with a somewhat higher priority?

     

    Speaking of the print dialog. When will Adobereader be able to display CUPS printer-instances? If you have defined several instances of a printer queue for use with different printer options in $HOME/.cups/lpoptions (or /etc/cups/lpoptions) then Adobereader currently only shows only the name of the printer queue (omitting the instance part) but as many times as there are instances of that queue, so the list of available printer is almost useless (apart from the enty "Custom") as there is no way to determine which entry belongs to which instance.

     
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    May 6, 2009 3:52 AM   in reply to mathpi

    Hello,

     

    Please let me know whether you are using cygwin or X-manager to remotely connect to the linux box or are you working on the native system.

    Also which linux distro are you facing the issue on.

     

    Please attach snapshots of a couple of affected dialogs.

     

    As regards the printer instances issue we have taken a note of the problem.

     

    Thanks for your feedback.

     

    Regards,

    Rishi

     
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    May 6, 2009 7:09 AM   in reply to RishiOberoi10

    the issue occurs on systems running debian-etch, debian-etch'n-half,
    debian-lenny, and gentoo with xdm as display manager and fvwm as
    window manager. the x-server runs with the '-dpi 75' option regardless of
    the screen's physical dimensions. the screen's resolution is 1600x1200.

     

    for me it looks like acroread is creating it's dialog boxes independently
    from gtk-settings in $HOME/.gtkrc-2.0 (apart from the OK/Cancel buttons of
    the printing dialog) and while doing so, it makes wrong assumptions about
    the font-size by using the dpi setting of the screen to calulate the physical
    dimention of the screen. if the x-server is running with '-dpi 100' the
    dialog fonts are considerably bigger, but still differs from the settings
    in $HOME/.gtkrc-2.0. for example when you make setting of

     

            style "default"
            {
                    font_name = "Verdana 24"
            }
            class "*" style "default"

     

    then you don't get neither Verdana nor 24pt fonts in the whole acroread
    gui except for  the menubar and the OK/Cancel buttons of the printing
    dialog, while any other gtk-program like firefox, thunderbird, and others
    apprear completely in Verdana 24pt -- which is of course far too big, but

    illustrated the issue very clearly.

     

    screenshots (with gtk-fonts set to Verdana 24pt and Tahoma 11pt) are
    inserted below. (as you can see, the printing dialog and advanced printing
    dialog even use different fonts.)

     

    thank you very much for the very quick reply.

     

    screenshot-verdana-24.jpegscreenshot-tahoma-11.jpeg

     
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    Apr 6, 2010 12:52 AM   in reply to mathpi

    This is still a problem! Any updates on this?

     

    I've got another problem, possibly relating:

    http://imagebin.org/91761

     
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    Apr 6, 2010 4:25 AM   in reply to adbid2

    While I'm still waiting for Adobe to fix this annoying bug, there are a couple of alternatives for handling pdf documents on the Linux platform like 'evince', 'xpdf', 'foxit reader' or even 'gv'. They might lack some features when it comes to searching or rendering of documents but at least they present readable printing dialogues -- well, 'evince' even can save pdf forms including the content filled in by the user. But then again, please Adobe, care a little more about the Linux version of your pdf reader or consider open-sourcing it if you don't have sufficient resources to do it yourself; this bug in particular is *many* years old and appeared across several main versions of the reader.

     
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    Apr 7, 2010 1:06 AM   in reply to adbid2

    In my above post I've forgot to mention that my problem is the following:

    - font sizes in dialogs are too big (only there, menu bar for example is ok)

    - my settings in .gtkrc are ignored, I think

    - and the encircled parts in the linked picture

     

    As mathpi already said, please solve that annoying bug, as it is really old! Respect the user's settings in gtkrc should be enough, I think.

     
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    Apr 26, 2010 8:23 AM   in reply to (MarkEHansen)

    No reaction from Adobe until now...that's sad!

    Could somebody from Adobe please comment on this!?

     
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    Aug 24, 2010 10:56 AM   in reply to adbid2

    I am having an issue similar. Perhaps this is not the correct place to post, but it's the only post( i think)

    in the forum related to my problem.

    I am running windows 7, 23" monitor, lowest resolution possible and my menu bar words and icons are about 12pt. I can't read it!  The resolution works EVERYWHERE including Illustrator. So if anyone has suggestions, I would really appreciate it....

    Thanks!

    Oh, and Adobe tech support won't help because it's a free trial version.

     

    excuse my paragraph, bad bluetooth connection today.

     
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    Jun 6, 2011 10:01 AM   in reply to (MarkEHansen)

    I am new. I have the same problem.

    Why does the Adobe not responding to

    correct this problem?

    I am very disappointed.

    are you waiting someone to pay you to get answer?

    Don't be so uncompassionate.

    JJ

     
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