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Taythorian September 25th, 2017 12:33 PM

Traveller Map - PDF Issues
Hi All

Not sure if this is the correct place to ask this but here goes.

I have been trying to print PDF's of the Traveller Map Booklets.

On the Screen they appear fine, but if I try to PDF them the Hex borders go a bit squiffy in places.

I have tried this on Firefox, Chrome and IE, but all are the same.

Any workarounds or suggestions would be useful.

ShawnDriscoll September 25th, 2017 01:08 PM

Are you printing in landscape or portrait?

Printing in PDF file format, or something else?

If PDF, which PDF printer driver are you using, and on what OS? Mac? Windows? Linux? Phone?

inexorabletash September 25th, 2017 01:17 PM

Thanks for providing an image showing what you're seeing.

To be clear, they look fine in the browser? How about the browser's Print Preview? Is it just in your PDF viewer after you've saved/opened the files? What PDF viewing application are you using on Windows? Just the default that ships with the OS?

I don't see the issue when printing to PDF from Chrome on MacOS and viewing the output in the Preview app.

Regardless... I have a couple of ideas for how to maybe fix. I've pushed an initial attempt to the site (reload the make/booklet page to make sure you get it). If that doesn't work I'll tweak the SVG generation to force a clip region and see if that takes.

Taythorian September 25th, 2017 03:58 PM


Running Win 10. Tried on Chrome, Firefox and Edge, all latest versions.

Landscape mode. Then print to PDF using inbuilt Win 10 PDF print.

Same issue when in Print Preview (Didn't spot that earlier)

This shows it in Chrome Preview mode.

ShawnDriscoll September 25th, 2017 04:03 PM

I am using Win10 with Brave browser and CutePDF as my printer. I will try the built-in Microsoft one.

Ok. The Microsoft default PDF printer driver blew apart the colored borders. First time ever using that PDF driver. My CutePDF is probably 10 years old, and has not failed me.

Taythorian September 25th, 2017 04:42 PM

Hi again

It appears to be doing it in preview mode regardless of what print driver is selected. PDF or HP Deskjet, gives the same.

inexorabletash September 25th, 2017 11:21 PM

I was unable to reproduce with Chrome, Firefox, or Edge on Win 10 (using Browserstack).

Regardless, I pushed a speculative fix for the SVG generation. Please give it another try.

Taythorian September 26th, 2017 05:14 AM

So, now tried on 2 seperate PC's. Both running Win 10, both with latest versions of IE, EDGE, Firefox and Chrome.

Each time, it goes squiffy with the borders. Not the same on each though. Might be on the first page on one browser, but 2nd or 3rd on another. Firefox struggles with the hex outlines too.

Have tried with different print drivers too. Same result.

Don't worry too much. It may just be me and if it works for others then don't start changing code etc.

coliver988 September 26th, 2017 09:57 AM

You may also want to try other PDF viewer/printers: The Windows PDF printer, as noted, sometimes has issues as well as producing really large PDFs when it works. I use Foxit and Nitro, although lately Foxit has been having issues and Nitro seems more stable depending on the PDF (I get some large layered PDFs and Nitro seems to be the only one that handles it well). I have had issues w/printing PDFs from Win10 and Edge at times.

While at work I use Adobe's full PDF Suite which is really nice, but they pay for that. The aforementioned ones are free.

Taythorian September 26th, 2017 10:37 AM


I dont think the issue is with PDF Creation as the problem occurs when previewing and I have a Deskjet set as default.

I'll download a couple of different PDF tools to see what comes out different.

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