Software switches


Print&Share has got a few software switches at hand to activate in special situations. Some applications don't follow standards or send out corrupt data. With the Print&Share software switches we can anticipate on this and apply our custom built-in fixes.

Don't enable/disable software switches at random as they might result in inexpected output or behavior. In most cases Winking support will tell you to enable/disable one or more software switches.

Only a few software switches will be discussed here.

Opening the Software Switches dialog

  1. Right-click on the Print&Share tray icon in the task bar (= near the Windows time clock on the bottom right).
  2. From the menu select [About].
  3. In the About-dialog, press and hold down the CTRL-key and at the same time double click on the Print&Share logo.
  4. Now you will see the Software Switches dialog.


General rendering

[Skip metafile correction] is not active by default. If you enable this option, the software switches that correct metafiles are ignored. In case you experience an error with the [Insert Pages] feature and in combination with a printer channel that uses a printer with PostScript driver, enabling this option could be the solution.

Preview rendering

[Use Windows GDI rendering] is not active by default. When this setting is not enable, this is a better rendering method than the built-in Microsoft metafile rendering method. By using this setting, you will attain a clearer text edge and images (anti-aliasing). Note: only activate this switch when your display is displayed way too small. This setting applies to all profiles.

Alternative Glyph index

[Use smart Glyph to Char method (Default)] is active by default. This option switches automatically between the options [Use lookup table for Glyph to char] and [Use offset for Glyph to Char]. Use the option [Use offset for Glyph to Char] when the text of your print job contains other characters than the original document. You will have to start the print job again. These settings apply to all profiles.

Fix negative coordinates

[Fix negative coordinates on metafiles] is not active by default. A type page is normally constructed using positive coordinates. An image editor, on the other hand, creates its type page with negative coordinates, and it also mirrors the image negatively. Some commands are therefore not correctly supported by the print processor. Activating this switch may be the solution. This setting applies to all profiles.

Fix missing rectangles

[Fix missing rectangles] is not active by default. Some print jobs can contain one or more drawings specified by rectangles. GDI does not support some specific combinations of records to draw a rectangle. This might result in a rectangles not being visible on the output document. This switch will try to convert these specific rectangles to ‘normal’ rectangles.

Register print assemblies

If some of the DDLs cannot be registered, because of the privilege management system of the Windows operation system, then the [Register assemblies] button might help you to perform an additional registration. If Print&Share does not seem to be creating PDF files, or is unable to write in Microsoft Outlook, then this additional registration is the solution to this problem.

Blank image detection

The default value for [Max. deviation for blank image detection] is 100000. Blank pages with lots of noise might need a higher value. Test again with increments of 10000 (e.g. 110000, 120000, …).

Fix missing text

[Fix missing text] is not active by default. When PDF files have no text, this option might solve this problem.