Open Source Software and Linux

Oct 21 2008   12:06PM GMT

Why I don’t like Gnome Evolution

John Little Profile: Xjlittle

I really wanted to title this “Why Gnome Evolution sucks” but thought that was a little harsh since the application itself doesnt suck. Why don’t I like Gnome Evolution? In a word printing. In more words when trying to print a decent looking calendar Gnome Evolution simply sucks and does not do this well.

Yes I am irritated with this. I spent a couple of hours last night trying to get this sorted out. That’s 1 hour and 55 minutes longer than it should have taken for me to print a calendar.

You see here’s the deal: Gnome Evolution will not print in landscape mode. I needed to print in landscape because in portrait all of the words were jammed together. In landscape mode they overlapped each other but it did not look nearly as bad as portrait mode. Still, neither was sufficient for business purposes.

When you set the calendar to print in landscape mode and look at print preview all seems fine. However when you go to actually print the calendar it jumps back to portrait. I noticed that the preview mode created a pdf under /tmp so I thought that I would go ahead an use that. After printing that is when I discovered that the words for the appointment reason were overlapping.

After a couple of hours of digging around on the web I found this bug. Specifically look at comments 12 and 13. Are you kidding me? This has been going on for over a year and still isn’t fixed. The only difference in the writer’s comments and what I experienced was that I did not have a print button in print preview.

And before you ask, no I am not using something old. The OS is CentOS 5.2 with all updates applied. The Gnome Evolution version is 2.12.3 which is the shipped version with CentOS 5.2.

So how did I fix my problem? I made the entries that I needed in Yahoo calendar. After making the entries I put it into printable view. Since this had the Yahoo logo on it that I can’t use (long story) I copied just the calendar and pasted it into OpenOffice as HTML. After that I right clicked on the calendar and clicked tables. Here is where I set the column widths and table grid for the calendar. Voila! I now had a decent looking printed calendar that I could use for business purposes.

So if you know of a good calendar application, hopefully for GNOME but KDE is ok as well, please let me know.

-j

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