Okay, I decided to work on the product datasheet (one page take-away with the key information, what the product does, what its features are, and where to get more information). Have a first draft done and decide to test it. Prints out fine on Rose's HP BubbleJet (modulo the limitations of the printer itself) across a CUPS server.
Fine, now to create a downloadable PDF for the website (and review by others). Hmm, ps2pdf can't handle the Inkscape-generated .ps file for a print. Okay, try exporting to PS or EPS, nothing can read the output (syntax errors). Weird. Okay, try printing on Win32 from Inkscape with PDFCreator... 25MB of printing data, an age or two of processing on the old machine... and out pops a PDF that's just a set of images composed on a page (it looks horrible, and it's 6MB!)
This is just weird. This is a common-enough requirement that it's considered just another format for saving to (not even an export). Why would it be failing? This isn't a particularly complex graphic, even considering the captured diagrams. Sigh. Guess it's time to file a bug report with Inkscape. Good thing this is a public document.
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