Print preview does not display color settings of printer

Forum for the PDF-XChange Editor - Free and Licensed Versions

Moderators: TrackerSupp-Daniel, Tracker Support, Vasyl-Tracker Dev Team, Sean - Tracker, Paul - Tracker Supp, Chris - Tracker Supp, Tracker Supp-Stefan, Ivan - Tracker Software

Post Reply
Posts: 870
Joined: Mon Sep 13, 2010 10:09 am
Location: Switzerland

Print preview does not display color settings of printer

Post by Peter2 » Tue Jan 02, 2018 5:18 pm

This is a behaviour of "Editor" since its first release ..

I have a simple "HP CP 1215" printer where I can change the settings between "print colour" and "print black-white" (in reality it is "grayscale").

In "PDFXChange Viewer", the print preview in print dialogue considers the settings inside the drivers and shows me a coloured or a grayscale preview.
In "Editor", I see always a coloured preview, also if the printer is set to grayscale.

Is it possible to change the preview-behaviour of the Editor to the same behaviour as the Viewer?
PDF-X-Change Pro German

User avatar
Paul - Tracker Supp
Site Admin
Posts: 4999
Joined: Wed Mar 25, 2009 10:37 pm
Location: Chemainus, Canada

Re: Print preview does not display color settings of printer

Post by Paul - Tracker Supp » Tue Jan 02, 2018 11:54 pm

This was changed towards the end of V6 of the Editor to use the printer's colour profile.

As described by our lead developer:
The editor determines what color profile associated with the printer and depends of its colorspace (CMYK, RGB or Gray) prints (and preview) in color or gray mode.
This is what our major competitors do and it was felt that this is a reasonable change to make. I'm not sure it is about to change back to what it was. You can always associate your printer to another colour profile.

If posting files to this forum - you must archive the files to a ZIP, RAR or 7z file or they will not be uploaded - thank you.

Best regards

Paul O'Rorke
Tracker Support North America

Post Reply