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Office 2007 and Printing Envelopes as Gibberish
Monday, 23 February 2009 21:56

We experienced some issues with printing envelopes at the office under our freshly installed Office 2007. When printing an envelope for an old/existing document, it printed the address as gibberish on our Laserjet 4300 printers. When you go into the envelopes function, and go into the font option, it defaults to "+Headings", which is really defaulting to the "Headings" font in Word 2007, which is Cambria. Selecting the document and re-picking the "Times New Roman" font, even though its already TNR, fixes the problem. All that does is get Word to not use the Cambria font, which is one workaround. Why this happens in Word is beyond me, and if it defaulted to the proper font, we wouldn't have this problem.

My workstation happens to work ok and doesn't reproduce the problem, so I know there's some difference I need to find.

In comparing the two, I found my workstation's Cambria font file was created 8:12pm, vs 9:12pm on the user's workstation. Why this is I don't know, and copying my font file over didn't help the problem.

I then went into the font viewer under the control panel, and did a test print of the font on the user's workstation. This produced the same gibberish, ruling out Office 2007/Word 2007 as the culprit.

Lastly, I printed to a different printer, which printed fine. That points me at the printer or printer driver.

I did a "printer test page" on both my worksation and the user's, to compare the versions of files the driver is using. The printer driver is the exact same version between mine and her's, however, I noticed that unires.dll, uniresgui.dll, and unidrv.dll are all newer on mine. AHA! Finally something definitive.

I believe I loaded some update on mine that she didn't get yet, thus causing the version discrepancy. The scary part is - what other printing problems will creep up if I update her workstation to a newer unidrv package.

 Anyhow, I found lots of posts on this and the typical hacks like "send truetype fonts as bitmaps", which does work, but in my mind is a hack. Obviously there's a bug with unidrv not generating the Cambria font properly - whether its the cambria font or the unidrv thats the problem, who knows, but at least this article dives deeper into this problem for whoever may be interested. I'll post an update when/if I get her workstation updated to a newer unidrv package.

Junknet Updates!
Thursday, 19 February 2009 07:27


 Yes, I wasted WAAY too much time doing what seems like trivial updates, but updates nonetheless. For starters, I added two new sections to the top menu: "The Garage", and "For Sale". The Garage section will contain things relating to my car activities/hobby, including a "Car Stuff for Sale" section to put car parts for sale. The "For Sale" section encompasses the Car Stuff, as well as the Arcade Stuff for sale sections into one big honkin catalog.

"The Garage" is currently under construction, so please disregard anything that's in there right now. Yes, I could have simply turned it off, but being active will make me go back and finish it up.

 So incase you didn't notice, I also revamped the Arcade Stuff for sale section to be a little cleaner and Joomla friendly.  It also is now integrated with the main "For Sale" section, so any items in the "Arcade Stuff for Sale" section will show up as well.

I will also be adding a "DIY" section to each area (Garage and Arcade) for any DIY arcticles I happen to type up. Thats something I've been wanting to do with the site forever!

Man I really need a life!

 Anyhow - if you actually bother to read this page, enjoy. Feedback is always welcome using the "Contact Me" button up top.


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