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Setting Up Print Configurations

Use the Print Configuration dialog box to configure and edit a new or existing Print Configuration.

The dialog box is invoked from the Print Configuration Manager.

Setting up Print Configurations under Windows

The Print Configuration dialog box is the same as used by the Print command, but with the Print configuration options section disabled, because this section is meaningless for Print Configurations.

To set up Print Configurations:

  1. In the Print Configuration dialog box, under Printer/plotter:
    • In Name, select an output device. Printers and plotters available on your system are listed. PDF, JPG, PNG, and SVG are also listed. These built-in plotters print to file in the specified format.
    • Click Properties to set up the printer or plotter in the dialog box provided by the printer's driver.

      If you selected a built-in printer (PDF, PNG, JPG, SVG, or DWF), you can set custom paper sizes.

    • Select Print to file for output to a file instead of to the printer.
    • In Paper size, select a size from the international standardized paper size formats and printer-specific paper formats.
    • Under Orientation:
      • Select Portrait or Landscape format.
      • Select Print inverse to reverse the output direction.
  2. Under Range, set the area to print.
    1. Select one of the following options:
      • All geometry. Prints the range that is determined by the bounding box of all visible entities.
      • Drawing boundary (available only when the Model tab is active). Prints the range that is determined by the drawing boundaries.
      • Sheet (available only when a Sheet tab is active). Prints the range that is determined by the Sheet size definition.
      • Named view. Prints the view you select. This option is available only if named views exist in the drawing.
      • Specify. Click Window to select two opposite points for the print boundaries in the graphics area.
      • Current view. Prints the drawing that is visible on screen.
    2. Select Print only within specified window to cut entities at the boundaries of the specified print range on the printout regardless of whether there is remaining space on the output sheet.
  3. Under Scale, set the output scale.
    1. Select one of the following options:
      • Select Fit to paper size to apply no specific scaling. This option is available only if the Model tab is active.
      • Clear Fit to paper size, then select a scale from the Scale list.
      • Clear Fit to paper size, select User-defined from the Scale list, and set the ratio between paper units (in Millimeters or Inches) to drawing units.
    2. Select or clear Scale LineWeights. This option is available only if a Sheet tab is active.
  4. Under Offset, select Print on center of paper to adjust the output with equal margins at the top, bottom, left, and right. Otherwise, set the X and Y margins.

    Note: The option Print on center of paper is not available only if a Sheet tab is active. Adjust the X and Y margins of the printout as needed.

  5. Under PrintStyle table:
    • Select a PrintStyle table.
    • Click New to create a new PrintStyle.
    • Click Edit to modify the selected PrintStyle.
  6. Under Shaded views, set:
    • Shade print. Applies a shade mode when printing: As displayed, Wireframe, Hidden, or Rendered (available when the Model tab is active).
    • Print quality. Applies a quality level when printing. The available options depend on the selected printer.
    • DPI. Sets the number of dots per inch printed depending on the Print quality setting.
  7. Under Options, set the following:
    • Hide geometry on sheet. Specifies whether the model geometry in Viewports is printed with hidden lines removed. The option is available only from a Sheet tab.
    • Print sheet last. Specifies what to print first: the model geometry in Viewports or the Sheet geometry. The option is available only from a Sheet tab.
    • Use assigned LineWeight. Prints entities in the LineWeights assigned in the Layers. This option is available only if Use assigned print styles is cleared.
    • Use assigned Print Styles. Determines whether PrintStyles applied to Layers and entities are printed. Assigned LineWeights are also printed.
    • Display Print Styles. Determines whether the active PrintStyle should be applied when displaying the drawing in the graphics area. Activate this option to preview the visible effects of the PrintStyle Table definitions (such as LineStyle, LineWeights, LineColors). The option applies to Layout Sheets and possibly to the model if they use the active PrintStyle.
    • Print transparency. Determines whether to print transparencies applied to Layers and entities.
  8. Optionally, use the following:
    • Optionally, click Print Preview to see how the output will look with the current settings. This option opens the Print Preview dialog box.
  9. Click Save to save the configuration settings.
  10. Click OK to return to the Print Configuration dialog box.

 

Printing under MacOS

In the Print Configuration dialog box, the preview area displays how the output will look with the settings you specify.

To set up Print Configurations:

  1. In the Print Configuration dialog box, in Printer, select an output device. Printers and plotters available on your system are listed.
  2. On the print options menu, click Paper Setup to specify paper format related options:
    • Paper size: Select a size from the international standardized paper size formats and printer-specific paper formats.
    • Orientation: Select portrait or landscape format.
  3. On the print options menu, click Print range:
    1. Set the area to print:
      • All geometry: Prints the range that is determined by the bounding box of all visible entities.
      • Sheet (available when a Sheet tab is active): Prints the range that is determined by the Sheet size definition.
      • Drawing boundary (available when the Model tab is active): Prints the range that is determined by the drawing boundaries .
      • Named view: Prints the view you select.
      • Specify: Click Specify Window to select two opposite points for the print boundaries in the graphics area.
      • Current view: Prints the drawing that is visible on screen.
    2. Select Print only within specified window to cut entities at the boundaries of the specified print range on the printout regardless of whether there is remaining space on the output sheet.
  4. On the print options menu, click Print scale:
    1. Set the print scale:
      • Select Fit to paper size to automatically scale the specified print range so that it fills the paper area you select. This option is available only if the Model tab is active.
      • - or -
      • Select or define a Scale. If you choose User-defined, set the ratio between paper units (in Millimeters or Inches) to drawing units.
    2. Select or clear Scale LineWeight to print scale. This option is available only if a Sheet tab is active.
  5. On the print options menu, click Print offsets:
    • Select or clear Print on center of paper: Lets you adjust the output with equal margins at the top, bottom, left, and right. This option is available only if the Model tab is active.
    • - or -
    • Set the X and Y margins of the printout as needed.
  6. On the print options menu, click Print styles:
    1. Under Shaded views, in Print style, set a shade mode to apply when printing: As displayed, Wireframe, Hidden, or Rendered (available when the Model tab is active).
    2. Set the Print quality. Applies a quality level when printing. The available options depend on the selected printer. In DPI, the number of dots per inch printed is displayed.
    3. Under PrintStyle table:
      • Select a PrintStyle table.
      • Click New to create a new PrintStyle.
      • Click Edit to modify the selected PrintStyle.
  7. On the print options menu, click Options to specify additional printing preferences:
    • Hide geometry on Sheet: Specifies whether the model geometry in Viewports is printed with hidden lines removed. The option is available only from a Sheet tab.
    • Print Sheet last: Specifies what to print first: the model geometry in Viewports or the Sheet geometry. The option is available only from a Sheet tab.
    • Use assigned LineWeight: Prints entities in the LineWeights assigned in the Layers. This option is available only if Use assigned print styles is cleared.
    • Use assigned Print Styles: Determines whether PrintStyles applied to Layers and entities are printed. Assigned LineWeights are also printed.
  8. Click Save to save the Print Configuration settings and return to the Print Configuration dialog box.


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