August 31, 2004
Linux Desktop Woes
Another day, another frustration with the state of the Linux desktop. Today's issue-ette is the display of PDF files.
I downloaded a couple today, and I couldn't get either to display properly under KDE. As far as I can tell, the problem is with the version of gv I'm running. Although according to Debian it is up to date. It had decided that the landscape document I've got is actually in portrait format, so I lose the right third of each page.
I can't find a way to rotate the display of pages by ninety degrees. There is a View menu where I can choose between portrait or landscape but it always rotates the page just the wrong way. Switching a landscape document to landscape view causes the page to display at ninety degrees to the correct orientation with the left edge displayed at the top and the top edge displayed on the right. Switching to portrait mode causes the aforementioned loss of the right side of the page.
Update. Courtesy of ludoo in the comments I'm now a happy PDF viewer thanks to XPDF.
Posted by Andy Todd at August 31, 2004 09:22 PM