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Re: printing

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  • Subject: [mg7166] Re: [mg7118] printing
  • From: John Fultz <jfultz>
  • Date: Tue, 13 May 1997 01:58:06 -0400 (EDT)
  • Organization: Wolfram Research, Inc.
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seanross at wrote:
> I recently acquired an Epson Stylist Color 800.  My previous printer was
> an HP550C.  The new printer prints color in Microsoft office programs
> and my old copy of Mma 2.2, but not Mma 3.0.  In 3.0 Color output is
> disabled in all text and 2-D postscript graphics, but not in 3-D
> postscript graphics or in 2-D or 3-D bitmap graphics.
> The colors chosen are odd for 3-D postscript graphics and don't look
> good.  The colors chosen for 3-D and 2-D bitmap graphics are smooth and
> make sense and are reasonably close to screen color.  Of course, the
> bitmap graphs are "jaggy" and don't look as nice.
> -All the printer options that have color in them are selected.
> -The printer prints color in Mathematica 2.2 just fine.
> -I copied the Defaults notebook from the install CDROM to see if there
> was some option that prevented color in certain cells, but even the
> original default.nb didn't change the color problem.
> -I downloaded the latest version of the driver from Epson to no effect.
> Does anyone have any suggestions how I can resolve this problem?

There's a problem in Mathematica 3.0.0 for Windows that
causes colors (most typically in PostScript graphics,
but sometimes elsewhere) not to print out correctly to a
color printer when you have your screen resolution set to
256 colors.  If you set your screen's color resolution to
16 bit or 24 bit, then your color graphics will print out fine.
Note that this resolution must be set when you first start up
Mathematica...changing the resolution while Mathematica is
running won't make a difference.

I'm not so sure that the problems with printing out color
text are caused by this, though.  How is the text the color inherited from a style, or did you
apply the color by hand?  It *should* work if you applied
the color by hand (e.g. Format->Text Color submenu), but
if the color is inherited by a style, then the style's
printing environment may be set to print that style is in
black and white instead of color (for example, the In/Out
labels of the Default.nb style sheet show blue on screen
but print as black).  This is done so that the styles
will print best on black-and-white printers.  Some of
the style sheets where colors are more prevalent have
two printing environments...a regular "Printout"
environment, and a "Color Printout" environment. If
you're using such a style sheet, then you can select
"Color Printout" from the Format->Printing Style
Environment submenu.

If you have a style sheet that doesn't have a color
printing environment, then you can edit the style
sheet so that the PrintOut environment prints in
colors instead of black and white.

John Fultz
Front End Group
Wolfram Research, Inc.

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