files unstable when saved. when printed they come out as a black page.

Asked by Daniel Pratt on 2015-11-14

Some times just one line will cause the file to print out completely black after saving it. I do map making. I could draw a line from "A" to "B" and after saving it the whole page will print out wrong.

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Hachmann (marenhachmann) said : #1

Hi Daniel,

if you are using Windows, and the 64bit version of Inkscape 0.91:
there's a known bug on Windows 64bit with Inkscape 0.91 64bit that affects printing when transparent (or semi-transparent) objects are in the file. See http://wiki.inkscape.org/wiki/index.php/Release_notes/0.91#Known_issues .

As a workaround, it has been reported that putting a white rectangle below your drawing (white rectangle must have at least the size of your drawing) works to prevent this problem. You could also export to png (File -> Export to PNG) and then print from another program.

Important question: Does the file print correctly before you save? (I'm asking because it sounds a little as if it were so, and because any additional information might help fixing the bug)

If you're not on 64bit Windows, please tell us which OS you are using, which Inkscape version, and give us a sample file.

Kind regards,
 Maren

Daniel Pratt (pratt2) said : #2

I am sorry about not getting back to you sooner. I am using windows 7 also 10. I am trying to also find out if it would be better with a different OS. I can use a different one if that would be better. To give you a little more info on my problem (Oh! THANK YOU FOR RESPONDING TO MY REQUEST)... I am making maps and trying to remove all of the nodes that I can and keep the design. In the map I can create an arrow and it will be the only completely black item in the map when printed. And at other times just one street will blacken the map the full length when printed. And then on the other hand sometimes the whole map blackens out. This all happens after I save the file. Yes I can put it into a different program if I save it and then open the map and print it. But it is this problem that I run into... Making corrections to the map and then saving it to the other program it will not keep the dimensions right. Also the sharpness is gone. Believe-it-or not I find inkscape is the best program to do what I want. True that I run into bugs, but over all you guys are doing a great job. Please keep it up. If you need more input please let me know.
THANK YOU! Dan Pratt

Hachmann (marenhachmann) said : #3

Hi Daniel,

as stated above:
- check if there is transparency in your drawing (partial transparency, that is). If there is, this is a known bug and you can try the workaround I wrote about.
- if you can't find any transparency, please upload the file somewhere, if possible also with a photo of how it prints. Use a file hosting service for this, because this answers section does not allow for uploads.

Also, please tell us:
- which OS you are using
- which Inkscape version you are using

Kind regards,
 Maren

Daniel Pratt (pratt2) said : #4

Hello Everyone (did not know who to direct this to.)

Since I emailed you last I am having another issue come up that will not allow me to open my files now. I sent you a picture of it in Inkscape.

-----Original Message-----
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Subject: Re: [Question #274213]: files unstable when saved. when printed they come out as a black page.

Your question #274213 on Inkscape changed:
https://answers.launchpad.net/inkscape/+question/274213

    Status: Open => Answered

Hachmann proposed the following answer:
Hi Daniel,

as stated above:
- check if there is transparency in your drawing (partial transparency, that is). If there is, this is a known bug and you can try the workaround I wrote about.
- if you can't find any transparency, please upload the file somewhere, if possible also with a photo of how it prints. Use a file hosting service for this, because this answers section does not allow for uploads.

Also, please tell us:
- which OS you are using
- which Inkscape version you are using

Kind regards,
 Maren

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Hachmann (marenhachmann) said : #5

Hi Daniel,

use a file hosting service for this, because this answers section does not allow for uploads.

Also please open a separate question for a separate problem.

And if the problem with printing black is solved, please mark this question as solved.

Regards,
 Maren

Daniel Pratt (pratt2) said : #6

I know that I am getting back to you a little late with this, but I have been sidetracked with other projects.
I opened this issue and since then had got a different printer. Everything is printing out good now. One problem I still have is that my files are not parsing right. I did saved as SVG file and also saved them in Microsoft publisher and saved them that way as a back-up. Now I need to import them back into Inkscape and create a layer over top of them and redraw each line and text. I have not found out why they do not parse. I have over 100 files to redo.
Hope I have not wasted your time. If you could answer the parsing problem I would save me many days of work that I do not want.
Thank you
Dan Pratt

-----Original Message-----
From: <email address hidden> [mailto:<email address hidden>] On Behalf Of Bryce Harrington
Sent: Monday, January 9, 2017 8:04 PM
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Subject: [Question #274213]: Status of bug #1418865 changed to 'Fix Released' in Inkscape

Bug #1418865 status changed in Inkscape:

    Fix Committed => Fix Released

https://bugs.launchpad.net/inkscape/+bug/1418865
"[win64] Transparent objects and empty areas print black"

This bug is linked to #274213.
files unstable when saved. when printed they come out as a black page.
https://answers.launchpad.net/inkscape/+question/274213

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Hachmann (marenhachmann) said : #7

Hi Dan,

I'm sorry, we can only help if you can provide a file.

'the files do not parse' is, unfortunately, a very vague description of the problem :-(
Is there an error message? Does the drawing just look different?...

So:
1. Please upload one of the broken files somewhere (e.g. dropbox, google drive, framadrop, or any other file hosting service). Then post a link to it in the thread here:
 https://answers.launchpad.net/inkscape/+question/274213

2. Please tell us exactly what you expect to happen, and what happens instead.

3. Please tell us which Inkscape version you are now using (see Help -> About).

Without this info, it will prove difficult to assist you with solving your problem.

Kind Regards,
 Maren

Daniel Pratt (pratt2) said : #8

To whom it concerns;
It was back in October of 2016 that I started out with a question as to why my files had some black print outs. That was cleared up and since then I got a new printer and everything is working fine as for that issue. There is now another issue that I cannot find an answer for… why can I not open some of my files? I have found some answer for that in that they are corrupt. “How” is the question that comes up now. I have one file that is very important to me and I have not found out why I can’t or how to load it. All of the info that I have found say that it is corrupt, but it was made in Inkscape. I have tried every program that I can find to try to open it with.
My question at this time is… is it because I created it in an older version of Inkscape and now that I have the latest, do I need to go back to the older one. I believe that it was with version 0.4.
I really like that way you people help with problems that people have. Also knowing that the program is free makes me think that it does not pay a lot. So all I can say is thank you. Wish I could donate some your way, but my income is below average. I just do not have it.
If you can open it can you tell me how you did it.

Hachmann (marenhachmann) said : #9

Hi Daniel,

as for the compatibility: Files made with 0.48.x should open in 0.92.
There was a bug in 0.48.x (I think) which made Inkscape save incomplete files on Windows when you close the program before saving has finished. This could be the cause for your broken files. The bug has been fixed for the current version (which is 0.92.1).

Unfortunately, t's still not possible to attach files here (as stated repeatedly in comments 3, 5 and 7).

I cannot see your attachment. It is not there. See for yourself at
https://answers.launchpad.net/inkscape/+question/274213.

If you would like someone to take a look at your file, please upload it to a file hosting service, like dropbox, google drive or framadrop.org, and post a link to it in your next comment.

Kind Regards,
 Maren

Daniel Pratt (pratt2) said : #10

I realize about the printout problem, but now I am trying to get some help as to why I cannot open my file with Inkscape.

-----Original Message-----
From: <email address hidden> [mailto:<email address hidden>] On Behalf Of Daniel Pratt
Sent: Thursday, March 2, 2017 7:33 AM
To: <email address hidden>
Subject: Re: [Question #274213]: files unstable when saved. when printed they come out as a black page.

Your question #274213 on Inkscape changed:
https://answers.launchpad.net/inkscape/+question/274213

You gave more information on the question:

To whom it concerns;
It was back in October of 2016 that I started out with a question as to why my files had some black print outs. That was cleared up and since then I got a new printer and everything is working fine as for that issue. There is now another issue that I cannot find an answer for… why can I not open some of my files? I have found some answer for that in that they are corrupt. “How” is the question that comes up now. I have one file that is very important to me and I have not found out why I can’t or how to load it. All of the info that I have found say that it is corrupt, but it was made in Inkscape. I have tried every program that I can find to try to open it with.
My question at this time is… is it because I created it in an older version of Inkscape and now that I have the latest, do I need to go back to the older one. I believe that it was with version 0.4.
I really like that way you people help with problems that people have. Also knowing that the program is free makes me think that it does not pay a lot. So all I can say is thank you. Wish I could donate some your way, but my income is below average. I just do not have it.
If you can open it can you tell me how you did it.

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Hachmann (marenhachmann) said : #11

Sorry, I don't understand. There was no mention of printing in my previous message, Daniel.

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