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 +Printer ink saving tips
 +
 +
 +
 +======  Install ink saving font ======
 +
 +The web site recommends you only save ink if you print in font points size 11 or less. And the saving can be up to 25%.
 + (I lack the skills to verify this)
 +
 +
 +The website offers multiple languages as per link
 +
 +http://www.ecofont.com/en/products/green/printing/sustainable-printing-using-ecofont-software.html
 +
 +The site might change its download page but its currently for EN users here
 +
 +http://www.ecofont.com/en/products/green/font/download-the-ink-saving-font.html
 +
 +Right hand click (for right hander mouse users) and save the ttf FILE  link as ....ecofont_vera_sans_regular.ttf
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 +http://www.ecofont.com/assets/files/ecofont_vera_sans_regular.ttf
 +
 +As a persistent user I save mine to /home/tc/Protect....A folder I created to alert me not to go deleting stuff from there if drunk. I can change the permissions of the folder and its files to read only but that is optional.
 +
 +As this font is only ~240 kilobytes I could install it direct, but you may need to have it in more than one location, so I prefer symbolic links.
 +This was a TIP I found from reading the forums....size of file in system is 46 bytes. You could consider using sym links for all important system files?
 +
 +So either copy it with root powers or sym link it to the default fonts folder.
 +
 +<code>sudo ln -s /home/tc/Protect/ecofont_vera_sans_regular.ttf /usr/local/share/fonts/</code>
 +
 +
 +Now "normal"  applications like leafpad and abiword can find it.
 +
 +=====  Backup for Persistence =====
 +If successful, as per application images below add the below file to backup......./opt/.filetool.lst as
 +
 +^usr/local/share/fonts/ecofont_vera_sans_regular.ttf^
 +
 +TIP I use a root powered leafpad so I can copy and paste saving me from too many typos.
 +
 +Before you reboot, click on the cpanel and click on the backup tool and read the new wiki [[Backup-check]] on how to check your database.
 +(I created this as I was not seeing it on reboot ...probably a typo)
 +
 +In below image I stripped home/tc from .filetool.lst to keep it simple
 +
 +{{http://stashbox.org/879574/e-mc.png}}
 +
 +Above image shows a sym link version but a full copy into that fonts folder should also work.....good luck
 +
 +Reboot to see if font appears in File manager or can be listed with a command like
 +
 +<code>ls /usr/local/share/fonts</code>
 +
 +
 +TIP As I have made an error before this wiki became "better" I strongly urge you to use copy and paste into a text editor and a good terminal that allows copy and paste.
 +
 +I use lxterminal but some terminals allow paste by double clicking the left and right mouse buttons....or the middle button if you have one.
 +If you have a scroll wheel...aterm allows wheel up to paste.
 +
 +=====  Leafpad Config =====
 +
 +If you can not see it ....close down leafpad and re-open it.
 +Click Options -> Font -> and scroll up to find it after Bitstream......it should be in alphabetical order.
 +
 +If you can not see it.....check your sym link as worked, or your copy as worked with
 +
 +<code>sudo ls -al /usr/local/share/fonts/eco*</code>
 +
 +{{http://stashbox.org/875127/i-l.jpeg}}
 +
 +
 +
 +=====  Abiword Config =====
 +
 +If successful in installing or sym linking you can see it by using the pulldowns
 +
 +{{http://stashbox.org/875126/i-a.jpeg}}
 +
 +Notice how Abiword shows the holes in the fonts?
 +
 +=====  Firefox Config =====
 +
 +Please note that viewing pages with ecofont is not recommended.
 +
 +Part one
 +
 +Click on Edit -> Preferences -> Content ---Pull down fonts to select it.
 +
 +{{http://stashbox.org/875148/i-fox.jpeg}}
 +
 +Stage two
 +
 +But if you click on the Advanced button you will see a box (default is ticked) that allows web designers to over-ride your preferences.
 +Therefore, uncheck this box and then choose ecofont for as many as possible of the font ranges
 +
 +{{http://stashbox.org/875152/i-f-adv.jpeg}}
 +
 +You may notice I have one range I can not select and I had not changed all point sizes to  11 or less
 +
 +=====  Font does not show in my "X" Application  =====
 +A generic tip
 +
 +If you can not see the font after closing the app down and restarting it, there may be more than one way to find the pathway.
 +
 +a) Open the apps browser, click on your app, and click on Files and see if you can see the font pathway.
 +If so, sym link it or copy font to that pathway
 +
 +b) Open a root shell and try a find "string" approach like this.....
 +
 +<code>sudo find / -name font* > /root/results
 +sudo less results..............(or leafpad to open results)</code>
 +
 +======  General printing  ======
 +
 +You may be able to change the amount of ink, depending on your ppd file, by choosing a smaller DPI setting. (Dots per inch)
 +However, you may need to tweak this if already using ecofont, as you may end up with so little ink it is hard to read?
 +
 +Select Print then tab to the Image quality.
 +
 +{{http://stashbox.org/875193/i-dpi.jpeg}}
 +
 +Another option is to print in draft mode or other settings as per the advanced TAB.
 +
 +{{http://stashbox.org/875194/i-l-adv.jpeg}}
 +
 +I have left out the full screen but there are more options there for you to play with.
 +
 +Naturally you can save ink by not printing at all and sending an email or using someone else's ink.
 +
 +You may guess I am not fond of Printer makers or sell ink replacements for almost the same cost as the printer.
 +
 +======  TC users feel free to edit and add more tips.....Thankyou. ======
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