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It would be nice if a printer button is available within the navigation toolbar.
I understand the desire, but I strongly oppose the idea. It is just one more complexity to add to mpl--figuring out how to handle printing for all possible operating systems. I think this should be the responsibility of the user. Save to a file in the format of your choice, and then use your operating system and applications to print that file.
A customization of the navigation toolbar is possible. I have used the qt4 backend.
However the quality of the print-out is poor using QPrinter. Moreover the frame including the navigation toolbar is printed.
How can I omit that ? How can I improve the quality of the hardcopy.
Any hint would be appreciated. I can provide the source code if needed.
The code is available at http://pastebin.com/vR0X5DQc
I think this is a wont-fix for the reasons @efiring suggests. There are just too many variables to make this generally useful.