Saving postscript file

Posted by: stuartg

Saving postscript file - 06/03/14 10:41 AM

A little suggestion for improving the behaviour of PPDesign.
When sending a document to a printer, there is also the option to save the compiled postscript file. We use this option all the time.
When I select a printer, the form is compiled and sent to printer very quickly (a few seconds) but when saving the ps it can take minutes. This is because a local temp file is used to create the ps to send to the printer, but the ps is written in place when saving to a file. When the file is on a network drive with a long latency connection, the constant traffic of little pieces of data can mean 5 minutes to write a 200kb file.

Can the save to file option be changed to also write to a local temp file first?

thanks
Stuart
Posted by: Philippe F.

Re: Saving postscript file - 06/05/14 11:52 AM

I understand the request, but that would mean that for any other user who saves files to a local folder (which is by far the more common case), the process would slow down slightly because the file would have to be written to temp and then moved to its final location. Not a big deal, admittedly, but still...

We always try to code our features so that they perform best under the most likely conditions. Saving files to a network location that suffers from undue latency is not the most likely condition.

Obviously, we could add a checkbox stating "Always write to temp file first", but if we start adding those kinds of options in all cases, the software will become filled with such checkboxes. Having too many options that are used by few people turns it into a confusing mess for the common user.

Hope you understand our position.

Posted by: stuartg

Re: Saving postscript file - 06/10/14 10:20 AM

Yes its not a big problem. I just figured that you had the necessary code in there already....