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Hi There,

I just found out how to print a portion of an entire drawing by using the Current View selection, but when I do it, the printed drawing does not print to scale. Is there another way to do this?

Also, is it possible to move the the grey lines which show you the outline of the printed page on the screen, instead of having to position the drawing within the grey lines to print how you want it on the page?

Any help would be greatly appreciated!

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Hi Jonathan,

I don't think I get what you're suggesting. The Zoom to 100% gives you a certain amount of the drawing on the screen - you can still scroll aroun and get different parts of the drawing on the screen - but you can't control how much or how little is on the screen, which is what I want to do while still mainting the scale when it prints out. Hmmmmm...it seems like there should be an easy way to do this. For example, could you select the view you want with a box and then erase what is outside the box? Of course you'd want to do this in a different layer or to the side on the drawing surface - but it would make it so easy! Let me know if you have any other insights!



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The grey lines you mentioned, which I'll call the print border, can be moved with a tool called "Move Page", which was an alternate to the Pan tool in the v. 10 "Classic" workspace. I don't have v. 11, so I don't know what's in the workspaces that come with it, but if your workspace doesn't include the Move Page tool you can use the Workspace Editor to put it on a palette, or to make it a separate item on a palette rather than an alternate to the Pan tool, and to assign a keyboard shortcut key to it.

The size of the print border is determined by the paper size and "Scaling" factor, both of which are selected in the Print Setup window. You decide how big a piece of paper you want to print on, and whether you want to print out normal size (print scaling = 100%), or reduced or enlarged (print scaling = 25%, 50%, 200%, 400%, etc.), and Vectorworks shows you how much area will fit on the selected piece of paper at the selected scaling factor. Then you can use the Move Page tool to put that printable area wherever you want it.

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The Current View button will shrink the drawing to fit the paper with an arbitrary scale. So as jan15 suggested, move the "page", which in this case is the gray box, over to the portion you want to print. Then , if the part you want fits within the gray box, you can print full scale.

If not, you may want to temporarily change the scale of the current layer, print, then go back to the original scale. Or, you can copy/paste the drawing to a new blank layer with a smaller scale, and then print from there.

In any case, be sure to UNDO the Move Page action immediately after printing, to avoid any surprises later.

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Originally posted by JHEarcht:

you may want to temporarily change the scale of the current layer

That will probably cause effects you don't want.

Changing layer scale for a reduced/enlarged print is something we use to do before print scaling was introduced, in v. 9.

Print scaling reduces or enlarges the print just like a photocopier would - everything gets bigger or smaller in the same proportion, including line weight. And it's easy. Set the scaling factor just as you would set the enlarge/reduce factor on the photocopier, and then Vectorworks shows you how much you can print at that scaling factor.

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Thank you so much for all your tips. I used the "move page" command last night and it was really helpful. I love when you find out how to do something that you have been wanting to do for a long time! I will also check out working with the print scaling feature. I'm sure that will come in handy as well.


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I thought my answer on this topic lacked any advertising... but I'm sorry to have upset you.

Where the answer is short and easy i tend to answer it with out advertising, but where the answer is complex and hard to answer in this forum, i thought a pointer to a full answer would be better.

I also answer so that others, who may not have posted the problem but still suffer from the same problem, may want to know where to find a full answer.

Again, sorry to have upset you.

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No need to apologise Jonathan

One post I had a couple of weeks ago was about a DTM model not rendering .

You told me to send you the file I did and you anwered my problem for me .

There was no commercialism there just damm good help.

I was pleased you were the only one that bothered to help. You could have helped Erich?

Keep it up .Vworks needs people like you around.

And hey if you can make abit of a living doing it good ,it means the longer you will be around

to provide more support.

Thanks alot Brendan

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