Porting evince

Just found this website via Planet KDE.

It’s basically a reference site created by the Free Software Foundation Europe to point to free and opensource PDF viewers from other websites. Right now Adobe has a quite strong monopoly on PDF viewers.

It would be nice to see Mac and Windows installers for Evince so that we could bring some freedom in a horizontal fashion and those who can’t choose their OS in companies, universities or just lack the knowledge to install an OS in ther machines can take advantage of the code we have created.

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23 thoughts on “Porting evince

  1. I would install this for my Windows based company now if eVince worked for Windows. Hopefully the install would include the pdf printer as well.

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  2. And help keep the momentum of the proprietary software going.
    Using “free” software to help “non-free” software. Now there’s an idea!

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  3. I should note too that if they do make it for windows it would be nice to have an msi package, so admins can deploy it using group policy.

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  4. You should start improving the usability. For example the printing dialog is braindead!
    And libpoppler simply does not render as good as Acrobat. The Adobe people sure are bad at most parts in software but rendering text… they are masters.
    And of course: Just provide a cool PDF Viewer for Linux and people have a reason to switch!

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  5. I would have thought it would be quite easy to build as a gtk app on Windows. That wouldn’t give a msi installable one though as I’m not sure there’s gtk+ msi packages yet (would be great though!). With the work the OLPC project have done with evince it should be easy enough to do a standard windows interface to it though.

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  6. How many people who switch to mac OS X care about W3C compliant web browsers with Free source code?
    Not many. How many of them use it? Most. The ones that don’t generally use Firefox, which is also good.
    By and large, people don’t care about individual things like this. Make evince a better operating system component, and spreadubuntu.

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  7. Forms just have to work. The US tax authorities have all the tax forms online at irs.gov; I’m sure that many other countries do the same. I tried to do my taxes last year with exclusively free software, but I wound up needing acroread.

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  8. I have a couple of windows boxes i use regularly, and would love evince on them. Its just batters the living crap out of anything else in terms of usability, and i always miss it a lot when not on a linux box.

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  9. Actually on MacOS the only point for porting evince would be that its free. The whole OS does PDF internally, and Preview.app renders it perfectly, also any app can render itself to PDF and every print job can be redirected to a PDF file. So no real technical need for evince here, though the thought is welcome 🙂

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  10. @Wouter:
    Thanks a lot for the link!
    @Vadim P.:
    Yeah, help spreading freedom everywhere you can. Note that Linux is less than 1% of the desktop market share. Cornering our code in such as small room is a terrible idea.
    Image if Firefox didn’t released a Windows version. The world wide web would probably be a terrible place by now.

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  11. Hi Alberto,
    I did the proof of concept port of Evince to windows (cross compiled on Ubuntu) mentioned above. As you can see in the bug report, it is coming.
    Only… it is missing packaging into a windows installer. I googled a lot to find out the best way to create the installer, especially how to include gtk and found a blog of yours saying some day there will be .msi packages for gtk. Has there been any progress on this lately?
    Also, I tried to run wix with mono on wine, but did not succeed, so cross-building an evince installer for windows seems still to difficult for now. Nevertheless, building an evince installer on windows seems possible once gtk msi packages are there.

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  12. Wix should work with the trunk version of wine+mono.
    I gave up on creating .msi for several reasons, I can hand over some support and advise if you want to take up the bullet.
    Feel free to hang out in #win32 at irc.gimp.org if you want to discuss this a little further.

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  13. of course there’s also okular, and it’s the only app that’s portable from mac, win32, linux and other strange systems like solaris ;D

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  14. @Alberto: re, firefox: nobody cares that it’s open-source. At most, they like it that it’s free – and works. That’s about it.

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  15. I know this is an old post, but you people got to be crazy. Evince is a piece of crap period and the sooner Linux dumps it the better. It is slow, it renders poorly and it lacks features. Just because it is open sourced doesn’t change the fact that it is an inferior software. Have some objectivity please.
    In windows you are not locked into Acrobat readers, there are many free as in free beer light weighted, fast alternatives which nevertheless have a lot of features. Try Foxit or PDF Xchange, for examples.

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  16. @Alex Stanfeld
    “Of course Evince would be better, but for those who want to be free of Adobe Reader today then I highly recommend it.”
    Of course Evince is better??!!
    Are you kidding me or yourself? In what way is Evince better other than it is open source? If you look at functionality and features, which is what most computer users who are not on a religious mission care about, Evince is a joke.
    I use Foxit in Windows and it kicks Adobe’s ass. The Linux version is a beta and is quite limited comparing to the windows version, but it still kicks the crap out of Evince in terms of speed and integration to Firefox on my Ubuntu box. Okcular is another bloated and slow piece of crap. It looks prettier than Evince, that is for sure, but then it maybe because I am using gnome.
    The only selling point for Evince, apart from being open source, is that it can open many formats besides pdf. But I would rather have a few specialized viewers which handle their respective functions well rather than having one crappy document viewer for everything.

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