Bad text smoothing

Bug #490113 reported by Ingvar G. on 2009-11-29
This bug affects 1 person
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
evince (Ubuntu)
Ubuntu Desktop Bugs

Bug Description

Binary package hint: evince

1) Ubuntu 9.10, 2.6.31-15-generic
2) Evince 2.28.1
3) Expectations: to see better text smoothing when zooming 100% or less (when zoom is higher than 100% ~ 150% smoothing is 'goog')
4) In .pdf files text is smoothed 'bad', contour of letters are not clear

In addition (what I've almost done for better smoothing for the whole system):
- in the Appearance I've changed smoothing to 'full', subpixel order 'RGB';
- in the folder "etc/fonts/conf.d/ removed link-file 10-hinting-slight.conf, and (from conf.avail) linked file 10-hinting-full.conf

Results: all the programms (Firefox, Terminal, Opera, and others) are "smoothed" perfect. However, the representing text in the Evince is not smoothed proper.

Adobe Reader smooth text better than Evince (by me, with my options for the system and default options for the AdobeReader)

ProblemType: Bug
Architecture: i386
Date: Sun Nov 29 22:53:38 2009
DistroRelease: Ubuntu 9.10
ExecutablePath: /usr/bin/evince
InstallationMedia: Ubuntu 9.10 "Karmic Koala" - Release i386 (20091028.5)

NonfreeKernelModules: nvidia
Package: evince 2.28.1-0ubuntu1.2
ProcVersionSignature: Ubuntu 2.6.31-15.50-generic
SourcePackage: evince
Uname: Linux 2.6.31-15-generic i686

Ingvar G. (ingvar-g) wrote :
Sebastien Bacher (seb128) wrote :

Thank you for your bug report. The issue is an upstream one and it would be nice if somebody having it could send the bug the to the people writting the software (

Changed in evince (Ubuntu):
assignee: nobody → Ubuntu Desktop Bugs (desktop-bugs)
importance: Undecided → Low
Pedro Villavicencio (pedro) wrote :

it depends on the pdf though, could you attach an example to the report? that's more like a poppler task IIRC.

Changed in evince (Ubuntu):
status: New → Incomplete
Ingvar G. (ingvar-g) wrote :

Well, in my case I think it is not upon the .pdf file. For example, the User-Guide of OpenVZ project on their webpage ( has these problems. All the .pdf-files I read have the bad-smoothing.

By the way, thanks for replies!!

madbiologist (me-again) wrote :

The OpenVZ user-guide linked above looks pretty good now on Ubuntu 10.04 alpha 2 updated to the latest version of poppler.

Uname: Linux 2.6.32-10-generic i686
    evince 2.29.5-0ubuntu1
    poppler 0.12.3-0ubuntu1

I'm using a desktop system with a CRT display though. Are you able to test it on your system?

Changed in evince (Ubuntu):
status: Incomplete → New
Pedro Villavicencio (pedro) wrote :

Thank you for taking the time to report this bug and helping to make Ubuntu better. A new version of Evince is available in both Lucid and Maverick and we are wondering if this is still reproducible in any of those versions, May you please test and give us of feedback about it? Thanks in advance.

Changed in evince (Ubuntu):
status: New → Incomplete
Pedro Villavicencio (pedro) wrote :

We are closing this bug report because it lacks the information we need to investigate the problem, as described in the previous comments. Please reopen it if you can give us the missing information, and don't hesitate to submit bug reports in the future. To reopen the bug report you can click on the current status, under the Status column, and change the Status back to New. Thanks again!.

Changed in evince (Ubuntu):
status: Incomplete → Invalid


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