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Is there anyway you can add a feature allowing the program to scale printer output to allow, for example, a 24x36 sheet to be printed on an ordinary printer? I have an HP 1220C, which handles 13x19 sheets, max. When using zoom at 50% and the largest possible sheet size (e.g., 13x19), my output consists of 4 pieces of the drawing printed on 4 sheets at 50%!! Apparently I can't print at 50% because, in their wisdom, VW programmers have chosen to automatically tile the output when a sheet smaller than the "page size" is selected within print setup. HP provides the zoom feature, but not a 24x36 sheet size option. I don't recall having this problem working on a Mac platform with a HP 4ML printer, so my particular issue seems to arise using Windows (2000) and/or my particular printer. Surely there is a way to guarantee the ability to scale output regardless of printer or platform by scaling the printfile (like, gulp!, AutoCAD does - I can do the above referenced printing task easily in AutoCAD).

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The Page Setup dialog in VectorWorks 9 includes a scaling option independant of the printer driver scaling. On Windows, the option is near the bottom of the dialog. On the Mac, it's in the 'VectorWorks' panel.

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Caleb,

Yep, it works, but you need to know to do the following: enter scaling in page setup, select the output page size desired. Go into Set Print Area dialog box, and click on a single sheet. Check to make sure your printable area numbers make sense.

While I have your attention, since it seems you work for NNA, have your programmers figured out a possible way to speed up the operation of 9.0? I have documented a solid subtraction that takes less than 10 seconds in 8.5, and more than 30 seconds in 9.0 - due apparently to greater accuracy (unneeded, in my case).

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