On 8/3/2014 4:00 AM, Mark Bourne wrote:
Albert Oszkó wrote:Hi all, I am new to this list, and I subscribed to try to get some help previously asked on the opensuse forum, but could not get a good answer yet. I copy some of my letters sent to that list In every month I get a kind of form, an Excel sheet which should be filled, then printed and undersigned in the last row . The original document is created in MS Office 2010 AFAIK, but is saved in *.xls, not xlsx format. When I open it in LibreOffice, it looks just fine, but when it comes to printing, the last row, the undersign, slips to a new page. I was advised to use Kingsoft Office. This originally Chinese package was praised to the heavens in terms of MS compatibility and usability, so I gave it a try. Hmmm. My sheet fell apart, and while it recognized that it was edited with Arial Narrow font, the typography was simply ugly. The letters was in different distances from each other. I read a lot, including forums, so I met Softmakers Freeoffice. I installed it. The outlook is a bit vintage, but that should not be a problem. Opened my document, looked fine, but just as for LO, the last row slipped to a new page ( the original document fits on a single A4 page). Pdf export seems to work. But there is an interesting thing I noticed: Earlier we got that document for a whole year, and a month was represented by a tab. When I exported that Excel sheet opend by LO to Pdf, then the 1st, 3d, etc sheets were OK, that is, fit to a page, but the even ones had the last line on a new page. Interesting, isn't it? So is there a workaround? I would cling to LO, if possible. What is the reason that it still cannot render a not too complicated MS document correctly. I use LO with openSUSE 13.1 and KDE 4.13.3 Any hints and opinions are welcome.It sounds like the form just about fits on a page for the original author. Any slight difference in fonts, spacing etc. could push the last row onto a second page. Similarly, if the sheet only just fits the width of a page, the last column can get pushed off by slight variations. Even different versions of MS Excel can end up rendering the same document slightly differently. Particularly if you don't have the same fonts installed as are used in the document, in which case substitutes are used.A few potential workarounds: 1. Format > Page > Sheet > Scale > Fit ... on number of pages > 1 2. Format > Page > Page, Slightly reduce top and bottom margins3. Slightly reduce the height of one or more blank rows (if any) being used for spacing.Ideally get the original author to make sure the form fits on a single page with plenty of space to spare (horizontally as well as vertically), so you (and others) don't have to keep adjusting it every time. That will help ensure the form is usable across different systems and software versions.
Might it be feasible to explain the problem to the original source of that Excel file and ask if it could be tested in LO ;-)
As Mark suggested, it might still not solve the problem if the original source has some other difference with what you have. However, it should get you closer -- and it could help spread awareness of LO ;-) [Some governmental entities in France now use LO, not MS. I'm told that Google employees routinely use either Linux or Max OS, not Windows. And Google pays software developers to support Linux development to fix bugs that are problems for them and introduce new features they want. Large organizations can do that and still save money from what they are currently paying MS.]
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