[Libreoffice-qa] Testing for bug 81592: Bad Quality/Rendering of EPS graphics in LO 4.2 and 4.3 (regression)

Gerry T. gerry.treppel at googlemail.com
Sun Jul 27 09:17:05 PDT 2014

Dear all,

LibreOffice is facing a regression with regards to the quality/rendering 
of EPS graphics in LO 4.2&4.3 
While the rendering quality of EPS in LO 4.0/4.1 was 'production 
quality', the rendering in 4.2 & 4.3 regressed and is unusable for 
publishing. The issue exists in rendering on screen, printing, PDF 
export as well as with existing documents or newly inserted EPS graphics.

 From my viewpoint, it is a terrible bug, because the graphics of 
statistical software (Stata, SPSS) always showed best quality when 
exported as EPS and inserted in LibreOffice. All existing documents and 
prepared EPS graphics are not really usable anymore on 4.2.x and later. 
Hence, I am stuck with LO 4.1.x which is EOL and less performant and 
stable (and is missing a few important features) than 4.2.x and 4.3.x. 
Hence, I seriously hope that this bug can be fixed for the last version 
of the 4.2 line, which is version 4.2.7.

I approach the QA list for this, because the bug has been tested and 
confirmed so far only on Ubuntu 12.04 and Ubuntu 13.04 and I would like 
to kindly ask you to perform tests on EPS quality with new distribution 
versions, such as Ubuntu 14.04, 14.10Beta as well as Fedora, Debian or 
others. For the generation of the EPS representation in LibreOffice, the 
library /pstoedit/ is used and it is possible that newer versions of 
pstoedit give better output.

I would be glad if you could try to reproduce the bug following the 
steps in the bug description. Please also try the pstoedit command and 
instructions as given by Caolan in comment 4.
I hope that someone finds a solution for this regression bug.

Thanks a lot,
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