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Title: Print Preview mode
Post by: a10hawg on February 01, 2014, 11:31:17 AM
Is there a way to set the display to show what the drawing would actually look like when printed?  I have tried print preview, but can not zoom in enough to check the lines for interference, etc.  I have seen other cad programs switch from actual drawing mode to a print display mode.
Title: Re: Print Preview mode
Post by: lemel_man on February 01, 2014, 11:58:50 AM
Are you using Paper Space? You can set up the contents of a page exactly how you like.
Title: Re: Print Preview mode
Post by: Alvin Gregorio on February 01, 2014, 01:59:26 PM
Is there a way to set the display to show what the drawing would actually look like when printed?  I have tried print preview, but can not zoom in enough to check the lines for interference, etc.  I have seen other cad programs switch from actual drawing mode to a print display mode.

I think what a lot of Users do-- it's what I do-- is print to a third-party "PDF-Writer" program.  There's a few good free ones (http://helpdeskgeek.com/free-tools-review/7-free-pdf-writers-and-pdf-printers/) available on the Internet.  Just Google "Free Pdf writer" or something like that.

Free:  PDF995 and CutePDF seem to be very popular among these Forum Members.  I use one that I paid about $80 for-- pdfFactoryPro-4.8.1 from FinePrint.  I also have installed on my system a free pdf-writer app. that someone else recommended to me-- PDF reDirect v2.

If you are a serious professional, that is going to be doing a lot of printing and sending out to others to view, including printing-companies to print, you might want to consider Adobe Acrobat Pro (http://www.adobe.com/products/acrobat/create-pdf-creator.html).

Few Forum Members seem to be pleased with TurboCAD's built-in "Save As..."(PDF), but that's another option (from Paperspace).

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When I am finalizing my drawings to send out to the homeowner, engineer, or building-department, I am constantly printing my Paperspaces to PDF and checking as much as possible on my screen within Adobe Reader to see how it's going to look.  I also usually have to actually have my 36"x24" sheets set printed-to-actual-paper (by a third-party "blueprint" printing company) at least once for me to proof, then edit, then print again-- because I can't catch everything via a screen-viewing, and it always turns out at least somewhat different when printed-to-paper (my screen-resolution is 106-PPI-- pretty standard; my "blueprint"-printing-company tells me their machines print at about 300-DPI).

-Alvin