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Firefox webpages won't print, pdf comes out blurry but fine using Safari browser MAC OSX

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Firefox won't print webpages correctly. The pdf comes out blurry but fine using Safari browser. Apple store could not figure out what the problem is. All plugin's and java are up to date. This has happend since switching over to Mac from PC.

Screen shots:

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/m7t35vuo3f1t3mp/6DLjWZmquu

Chosen solution

I found out the problem. Very simply put it was because I changed the default font to Century Gothic. By changing back to windows default font I did a preview pdf print test and it's not blurry. Now i'm playing around with different fonts to see what will work best. So far I have Arial and Times New Roman both work fine.

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Additional System Details

This happened

Every time Firefox opened

This started when...

August 30, 2012

Installed Plug-ins

  • The QuickTime Plugin allows you to view a wide variety of multimedia content in web pages. For more information, visit the QuickTime Web site.
  • Shockwave Flash 11.4 r402
  • Displays Java applet content, or a placeholder if Java is not installed.
  • Version 3.6.1.9117
  • Google Talk Plugin Video Accelerator version:0.1.44.16
  • DivX Plus Web Player version 2.2.1.2
  • DivX VOD Helper Plug-in
  • View PDF documents within your web browser.

Application

  • User Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (Macintosh; Intel Mac OS X 10.8; rv:15.0) Gecko/20100101 Firefox/15.0.1

More Information

Application Basics
Name
Firefox
Version
15.0.1
User Agent
Mozilla/5.0 (Macintosh; Intel Mac OS X 10.8; rv:15.0) Gecko/20100101 Firefox/15.0.1
Profile Folder
Show in Finder
Enabled Plugins
about:plugins
Build Configuration
about:buildconfig
Crash Reports
about:crashes
Memory Use
about:memory
Extensions
Name
Version
Enabled
ID
Adblock Plus
2.1.2
true
{d10d0bf8-f5b5-c8b4-a8b2-2b9879e08c5d}
Add to Amazon Wish List Button
1.10
true
amznUWL2@amazon.com
AllMyTube
3.0.0.4
true
{AFC4D939-F57F-45D7-9364-C3A010D73046}
CheckPlaces
2.6.2
true
checkplaces@andyhalford.com
DivX Plus Web Player HTML5 <video>
2.1.2.145
true
{23fcfd51-4958-4f00-80a3-ae97e717ed8b}
Facebook Auto-Logout
0.3.4
true
jid1-0LUk0G25IhTJ0g@jetpack
HTML5 Notifications
1.0.8
true
html5notifications@paxal.net
Pocket
3.0.0
true
isreaditlater@ideashower.com
Session Manager
0.7.9.1
true
{1280606b-2510-4fe0-97ef-9b5a22eafe30}
Theme Font & Size Changer
6.1
true
{f69e22c7-bc50-414a-9269-0f5c344cd94c}
Adobe Acrobat - Create PDF
1.1
false
web2pdfextension@web2pdf.adobedotcom
Important Modified Preferences
Name
Value
accessibility.typeaheadfind.flashBar
0
browser.cache.disk.capacity
1048576
browser.cache.disk.smart_size.first_run
false
browser.cache.disk.smart_size_cached_value
1048576
browser.display.use_document_fonts
0
browser.places.smartBookmarksVersion
4
browser.search.suggest.enabled
false
browser.startup.homepage
http://www.google.com
browser.startup.homepage_override.buildID
20120905151427
browser.startup.homepage_override.mstone
15.0.1
extensions.lastAppVersion
15.0.1
font.name.monospace.x-western
Century Gothic
font.name.sans-serif.x-western
Century Gothic
font.name.serif.x-western
Century Gothic
font.size.fixed.x-western
14
font.size.variable.x-western
14
network.cookie.prefsMigrated
true
places.database.lastMaintenance
1348456445
places.history.enabled
false
places.history.expiration.transient_current_max_pages
104858
print.macosx.pagesetup-2
PD94bWwgdmVyc2lvbj0iMS4wIiBlbmNvZGluZz0iVVRGLTgiPz4KPCFET0NUWVBFIHBsaXN0IFBVQkxJQyAiLS8vQXBwbGUvL0RURCBQTElTVCAxLjAvL0VO…
privacy.cpd.extensions-sessionmanager
false
privacy.cpd.offlineApps
true
privacy.donottrackheader.enabled
true
privacy.sanitize.migrateFx3Prefs
true
privacy.sanitize.timeSpan
0
security.warn_viewing_mixed
false
Graphics
Vendor ID
0x8086
Device ID
0x 166
WebGL Renderer
NVIDIA Corporation -- NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M OpenGL Engine -- 2.1 NVIDIA-8.0.61
GPU Accelerated Windows
1/1 OpenGL
AzureBackend
quartz
JavaScript
Incremental GC
0
Library Versions
Expected minimum version
Version in use
NSPR
4.9.1
4.9.1
NSS
3.13.6.0 Basic ECC
3.13.6.0 Basic ECC
NSS Util
3.13.6.0
3.13.6.0
NSS SSL
3.13.6.0 Basic ECC
3.13.6.0 Basic ECC
NSS S/MIME
3.13.6.0 Basic ECC
3.13.6.0 Basic ECC

jscher2000
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Helpful Reply

Wow, the bold text is a mess. Two thoughts:

(1) Could you try disabling Firefox's use of hardware acceleration? Since this feature was added to Firefox, it has gradually improved, but there still are a few glitches.

You usually need to restart Firefox in order for this to take effect, so save all work first (e.g., mail you are composing, online documents you're editing, etc.).

Firefox > Preferences > Advanced

On the "General" mini-tab, uncheck the box for "Use hardware acceleration when available"

If you restart Firefox, is the issue resolved or at least improved?

(2) Are you overriding Google's default font in those examples? It doesn't look like the font that shows up in Firefox for Windows.

Chosen Solution

I found out the problem. Very simply put it was because I changed the default font to Century Gothic. By changing back to windows default font I did a preview pdf print test and it's not blurry. Now i'm playing around with different fonts to see what will work best. So far I have Arial and Times New Roman both work fine.

Question owner

Thank you for your help! Much appreciated!