[sane-devel] XSane's PDF output disliked by macosx's Preview

Peter Fales psfales at fales-lorenz.net
Tue Mar 6 23:52:53 CET 2007

What version of OS/X are you using?  I've recently worked through
a problem where we started sending out our church newsletter in PDF.  
All the PC and most of the Mac users didn't have any problem, but 
one Mac user couldn't read it.   It turned out that Preview on 10.3
has compatibility problem with some PDF files.  Suggested workarounds
are to upgrade to 10.4, or download the free Acrobat Reader utility
from Adobe. 

Peter Fales
Peter "at" fales-lorenz.net

On Tue, Mar 06, 2007 at 01:19:20PM -0500, Stefan Monnier wrote:
> I'm using XSane from the Debian testing distribution and am generally pretty
> satisfied with it.  The only problem I have is that the PDF output I get
> from it (I mostly/only do multipage scans (greyscale 150dpi) of chapters of
> books) does not display correctly when passed to macosx's Preview (the first
> few pages display part of the image, and then the rest is all blank).
> Luckily I can fix it by passing the pdf through pdf2ps and then through
> ps2pdf, which also has the nice side-effect of giving me a slightly
> smaller file.
> Any idea what the problem might be?  I'm using those tools with their
> default settings, mostly.
>         Stefan
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