Still hating Kde4/cups
Overall KDE4 doesn’t limit my working overly compared to KDE 3.5 (although, so far as I can remember, it doesn’t improve it). One area where it particularly falls down is in printing. I have remarked earlier on the absence of kprinter.
One consequence is that it is quite difficult to print to a pdf from an application (in particular MS Word running from crossover) which, previously, was a breeze with kprinter. The practical consequence is that I can’t print a document with colours in it as b/w on my (admittedly brain damaged, since it doesn’t allow forcing b/w only mode and therefore probably wastes colour toner) Samsung colour printer. If necessary I could do this by printing to pdf, then using the print greyscale option on the pdf reader.
Not any more. Printing to pdf is not supported by cups out of the box (forever why not?) although apparently cups-pdf will allow this. Now I have to hunt for cups-pdf. Tch!
The absence of kprinter from kde4 is a major major pain such that KDE4 is still a net negative for me compared to KDE3.5.
Edit 28/9/11: cups-pdf installation was comparatively easy. Noticed some print dialogs for my samsung do have a grayscale option, while others don’t. cups-pdf dumps to a spool directory. With kprinter I always printed to the same file print.pdf so I could (eg) include a link to it. Not sure if cups-pdf allows this (seems to calculate output name based on input name).