On Tue, Jul 24, 2007 at 07:29:20PM +0200, Sven Neumann wrote:
> > I think the current implementation of the print plugin is fine, i.e.
> > generate the PDF with opaque images. If someone needs to have a PDF with
> > images with alpha values, it would be possible to write a 'save-as-pdf
> > plugin' similar to the print plugin that uses also gtk_print_*
> > functionality. I think that even layers could be embedded into the PDF.
> > I
> > could (try to) write such a plugin.
> I wouldn't base this on GtkPrint but directly on Cairo. GtkPrint just      
> adds funtionality to deal with printers, it wouldn't offer any advantage
> if you are just creating a PDF file.
Yes, this would of course also be possible and not too different from a
GtkPrint approach. GtkPrint offers dialogs to choose the PageSize etc, which 
Cairo does not.

> Export to PDF has often been requested. It would be particularly
> interesting if it could contain text layers as PDF text elements. We are
> missing some additions to the PDB text API to make this possible. But
> the missing API could be added (after 2.4 of course).
Ok, I will try to implement a plugin based on Cairo, but this will take some

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