Very slow XPS printing

May 15, 2012 at 1:47 PM

Hi Koen,

We are having trouble with printing documents from the viewer - especially larger ones (>20 pages).  It can take several minutes to print a document, and the spool sizes being produced are huge (100MB+).

I'm currently using the SL4 version of the toolkit & a check on google suggests that slow printing can be an issue with this version.  Are you aware of any improvements in SL5, or any other solutions that might be available?





May 15, 2012 at 1:52 PM

Hi Phil,

Silverlight 5 supports vector based printing, which is not available in SL4. In SL4 all pages are rendered to bitmaps first before being sent to the printer. Those bitmaps are slow to produce and consume loads of memory. Silverlight 5 provides much better printing support in terms of performance and memory usage.

- Koen

May 15, 2012 at 3:23 PM

Hi Koen,

Thanks - I'll upgrade to the SL5 version of the toolkit and see if that helps.