View Full Version : Printing from Amiga web browsers
12-09-2002, 08:29 AM
O.K. I apologize in advance for saying this, but printing from Amiga browsers is pathetic. That being said, I still need to be able to print from them time to time. I have TurboPrint v7.30 which came with and installed GhostScript v4.03 software for PostScript printing on non-PostScript printers.
I have followed the PostScript printing instructions on Aminet for iBrowse, but I get "Error opening postscript font, Dos error: file not found" messages. The printing option in Voyager 3.3.122 is disabled. AWeb-II v3.4 APL seems to have produced the only usable output so far, though it doesn't print images which I need.
So, what is the best Amiga browser to print from, either regular printing or via PostScript, and how do I get it to work?
12-09-2002, 09:11 AM
I don't attempt to do it straight from the browser (Aweb-II).
I'm referring to plain text and graphics, BTW.
I PASTE text into a texteditor or wordprocessor. Usually I have to perform some editing and/or formatting.
With graphics I use ImageFX, and PPaint. NOT having Turboprint, I usually only print graphics in monochrome! Saving in 24Bit - IFF, Jpeg (what-ever) is a different story.
"Why don't you say something righteous, and hopeful for a change?" - Oddball in 'KELLY'S HEROES'
Turboprint and AwebII works great for me, and I really cant se why I wouldnt work with Ibrowse. I guess you have to take a look at your TP config.
Oh, I think I said to much in my last posting. I get the the exact same error message in Ibrowse. But Im quite sure that even printing images works fine i AwebII.
12-09-2002, 09:46 AM
For me, printing images on web pages from AWeb results in the rectangles with the slash through them. Kinda the same thing you get on the screen when images have not loaded yet or are turned off.
When it comes to printing on Amiga browsers I just do a screenshot and modify the image with IFX. I make sure to copy every section of the image and I run a quick macro to remove the borders of the program. From there I send it to TurboPrint for printing. Looks good.
12-09-2002, 10:55 AM
Hey, that's an idea. I have ImageFX 4.5, so I should try that. Could you lend some assistance by sending your macro to my Email (at the bottom of this message)? Thanks!
Could you lend some assistance by sending your macro to my Email (at the bottom of this message)? Thanks!
The macro is simple to create. Load any image, press shift 1, press the size button, press the crop button and then resize each side about 10 pixels. It doesn't matter how much you modify the edges though, just so that the edges are modified and the offset isn't changed. Finish the crop and then press shift 2 to end the macro. Load the macro you just created into a text editor and modify what you have just made to accomidate for the sizes that you are screendumping from. You could extend the macro by joining all buffers together from a screengrab_xxx.ilbm, I just haven't had much time to put something like that together. It works great the way I do it, and it handles printing of frames as the page is rendered. Let me go grab the code real quick and I'll put it into a post here so you can save it as needed.
12-09-2002, 11:58 AM
Much appreciated. Thank you in advance!!
----- AWeb-Crop_1024.ifx -----
* AWeb-Crop for 1024x768
Crop 6 125 997 627
----- End -----
Save the macro in ImageFX:Rexx/ dir and call it from ImageFX by pressing shift 3. You can make tons of really good arexx scripts like this. That's what makes IFX so powerful in comparison to other image processors.
Keep in mind your results may vary since the size of the window borders could be different along with the size of the image buttons. Then there's the spacing setting in Reaction that can throw the ending image off as well. There's no surefire way to capture all of the settings without getting too in depth with the program. If you do the screengrab_xxx.ilbm you could load the sequence of images and process the collection into a new buffer sending the end result to turboprint. Good luck whatever you do.
Now that I think about it you could control all of this from within AWeb with a little ARexx wizardry. Using the command line version of cybergrab (or similar) coupled with ADDRESS COMMAND for every pagedown that can be done. Store each of the screengrabs as screengrab_xxx.ilbm and load them into IFX cropping each of them as they are loaded. Join each of the images to a new buffer after calculating the size. Close the old images once the new buffer is done. Copy and paste anything that needs to be changed. Create another macro that sends the current image over to TurboPrint or whatever your print processor might be.
Here's a quick grab (111KB) (http://home.swbell.net/stronic/example-grab.jpg) I did with the small 2 liner above. All I would need to do is just print it.
12-09-2002, 01:57 PM
Hey, I was just going to ask you what I should use to actually do the screen grabs. You beat me to it ... thanks again! :-)
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