Printing a LibreOffice document via PDF workflow is much slower than with PostScript workflow

Bug #981620 reported by Bernhard Reiter on 2012-04-14
This bug affects 2 people
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
cups (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

If Libreoffice's printing workflow language is set to PDF (from the Printer Settings dialog -> Properties -> Device), printing appears to be quite a bit slower than if it's set to a Postscript level. In particular, when printing multiple copies of a one page document, the time between individual pages is much longer with PDF than with PS. (For 30 pages, this makes the total printing time some 10 vs 2 minutes.) The difference is even notable if print quality is set to fast-draft, black only, with simple documents (text only, no photos).

When printing to a file, both ways seem to be equally fast, so I haven't set LibreOffice as the affected program. BTW, the resulting sample PDFs are about three times *smaller* than the corresponding PS files.

Ubuntu 11.10 (64 bit), LibreOffice 3.4.4;
Printer: HP Photosmart C4380, connected via wifi
Driver (according to CUPS v1.5.0): hpcups 3.11.7 (color, 2-sided printing)

Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :

Status changed to 'Confirmed' because the bug affects multiple users.

Changed in cups (Ubuntu):
status: New → Confirmed
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