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FireFox v4.0.2pre and SeaMonkey v2.1with Native Printing Support

July 04, 2011 by Rich@E-vertise.Com

Full-featured native printing support in Firefox and Seamonkey is now
available for testing. You can get these betas from:

* Firefox v4.0.2pre:
* Seamonkey v2.1:

All features offered by your printer driver (e.g. duplexing) should
be fully functional. In addition, your printer's output resolution
is no longer limited to conserve memory. In most cases, you should
be able to print at higher resolutions while using less memory than
previously. Please see 'Notes' below for more info.

Both apps will now run on systems where dive.dll is not present.
If it is available, it will be loaded to provide improved video
performance for users of SNAP and GenGradd.

General: This is the second phase of a project sponsored by Mensys
to provide printing support in the Mozilla apps. Unlike Phase I
where the app created the printed output dot-by-dot, this version
uses native graphics commands that are interpreted by your printer's
driver to create the final output.

Postscript: If you've been using the built-in Postscript generator
and would like to switch to OS/2's native PS printer driver, type
"about:config" in the URL bar and press 'Enter'. Doubleclick on
the entry for "print.os2.postscript.use_builtin" to change it from
'true' to 'false'. If this entry is missing, the app will default
to the native driver.

Postscript to PDF: This version should produce high quality output
when directed to a printer. However, its output may not be suitable
for conversion to PDF because all text is handled as graphics rather
than characters that can be selected. Instead, you can either use
the app's built-in PDF capabilities (select "Print to File", then
give the filename a 'pdf' extension) or you can print to file using
the app's Postscript generator (select a non-Postscript printer
driver, click "Print to File", then give the file a 'ps' extension).

Bug(?): If nothing prints the very first time you try, close the
app, reopen it, then retry. It should not fail again.

Community support for these betas and all Mozilla apps is available
through the newsgroups '' or 'comp.os.os2.apps'.
Messages posted to other forums may not be seen by the developers.

Rich Walsh

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