Properties Dialog, Main Tab, DGN/DWG Settings
Contains controls to specify area, layout, paper size, and resymbolization parameters for the selected print definition. The Main tab appears in the Properties dialog.
|Filename||Used to change the folder or file name of the master design file associated with the print definition(s). Changing the folder and file name may be necessary if the file is moved or renamed. If you are unsure of the file's location, click Browse.|
|Print area||List box that lets you choose the area to print.|
|Model||List box that lets you choose the model to print. Changing the model also changes the view group and may change the view.|
|View group||List box that lets you choose the view group to print. Changing the view group may also change the model.|
|View||List box that lets you select the view to use for printing. The View list box can contain views 1 through 8 and saved views in the design file.|
|Rasterized|| Selecting the Rasterized check box allows you to create rasterized print files. The printer driver must support raster, so you cannot create rasterized prints using the Bentley HP-GL/2 printer driver.
By default, Rasterized mode will be turned on when shaded display styles are detected. If Rasterized is unchecked, the shaded display styles will print using the non-rasterized visible edges path. The Rasterized check box will be disabled if the view contains any point clouds, or when printing to a printer driver that does not support Rasterized mode (e.g., HP-GL/2). If you are printing a 3D design model to a PDF printer driver and the Print to 3D check box is set, the Rasterized check box is not visible.
Rasterized print mode is the best way to achieve complete fidelity between the view display and the printed output. It is the only way to achieve certain effects such as anti-aliasing and transparency. For very dense drawings, rasterized print mode also uses less memory than non-rasterized mode.
When creating a rasterized print, the product breaks up the view into many tiles and makes multiple passes over the DGN file to rasterize each tile using the graphics hardware. Larger print sizes require more tiles, and thus take longer to print and produce larger plot file sizes.
The output of a rasterized print is a print file consisting entirely of raster tiles. When printing a vector DGN file, a rasterized print file is usually larger than a non-rasterized print file. However, if the DGN file contains raster background images spanning the entire view, using the rasterized print mode may produce a smaller print file.
When wireframe views are plotted in non-rasterized print mode, the product builds a display list containing the entire contents of the DGN file in order to perform sorting (in software) based on either 3D Z coordinates, 2D display priority, or pen table priority. For very dense drawings, or drawings containing large amounts of raster data, this display list can sometimes run the process out of virtual address space. In Rasterized print mode, the sorting is performed by the graphics hardware. There is no need for a display list, and the system memory footprint is much smaller—especially when printing at large sizes.
In a non-rasterized print, the application of line caps and joins to vectors is performed by the printer driver. Some printer drivers support more cap and join styles than others, and their appearance may vary depending on the printer firmware. In a rasterized print, the line caps and joins are applied by the graphics hardware and the results are embedded in the raster tiles—ensuring consistent appearance when printing to any printer driver or printer.
Printer driver configuration files provide an option (Default Output Mode) for setting the default Rasterized check box for the Print dialog and Print Organizer. You can force the Rasterized check box on or off (in which case the control becomes disabled), or mark it as preferred on or off (in which case the Rasterized check box is set to the desired value when the printer driver configuration is loaded, but can be changed afterwards). By default, the printer driver configuration is set to "No Preference," and the Rasterized check box defaults to the most recently used setting (from the user preferences) for the Print dialog and to non-rasterized mode for Print Organizer.
|Print to 3D||(Visible only when a PDF printer driver is selected and a 3D design model is open.) Prints to PDF, as 3D data in Universal 3D (U3D) format, the master model, and all references. The 3D content will contain any visualization data and settings that already exist within the design file such as lights, materials, and animations or flythroughs. When the PDF file is viewed in Acrobat 7, the document contains a 3D view with controls that let you rotate, zoom in/out, or walk through the 3D model, as well as running an animation, if any.|
|Units||Lets you select the printer measurement units used for the Print Organizer dialog. Choices are: inches, feet, mm, cm, dm, or m.|
|Scale||Sets the scale of the printed output. By default, this is displayed as master units:paper units.|
|Size||Sets the X or Y size dimension of the printed output.|
|Maximize||Automatically fits the selected view or fenced area into as much of the printable area as possible.|
|Origin|| Sets the horizontal and vertical distance in printer units from the lower-left corner of the printable area to the lower-left corner of the page.
|Center||If on, the printable area is centered on the page.|
|Rotation||Lets you specify the rotation of the printed output. For prints that are not rendered and do not contain a camera definition, you can specify any rotation in the 0–360 degree range. For rendered prints or prints containing a camera definition, you must specify a rotation of 0, 90, 180, 270, or 360 degrees.|
|More||Opens the Layout Advanced dialog.|
|Pen table||Lets you select the pen table file that will be used for print resymbolization. If you are unsure of the file's location, click Browse.|
|Design Script||Lets you select the design script file that will be used for print resymbolization. If you are unsure of the file's location, click Browse.|
|Paper size|| Lets you specify the paper size (form) to use. The Paper size drop-down list box displays those forms supported by the selected printer driver.
The NONE form is available if the print destination is set to Send to InterPlot and the selected printer is an InterPlot printer that supports the NONE form. When printing to the NONE form, the system automatically sets the form size to the print size. For example, if the form size is 100 x 100 inches, and the print size is 34 x 22 inches, the form size is set to 34 x 22 inches when the Paper size control is set to NONE.
|Limits|| (When Windows driver is selected) When Full Sheet is off, displays the usable area, or printable dimensions (width x height) for the selected paper. When Full Sheet is on, displays the total area (width x height) for the selected paper.
(When Bentley driver is selected) Displays the total area (width x height) for the selected paper.
|Orientation|| Lets you choose the orientation of the paper — Portrait or Landscape.
This control lets you quickly reverse the X and Y values of the Paper Size property without having to edit the printer driver configuration file. This is necessary for the printer.pltcfg, and helpful for some PostScript to PDF workflows, but not desirable for most HP-GL/2 and HP/RTL workflows. To reduce confusion and to prevent any accidental swapping of the X and Y sizes, the orientation control is disabled for the following Bentley printer drivers: pscript.pltcfg, hpgl2.pltcfg, and hpglrtl.pltcfg.
|Source||Lets you specify the exact location of the paper in the printer. If you want the printer to select the tray for the selected paper size, choose Automatically Select.|
|Full Sheet|| (Visible only when Windows driver is selected.) If on, it is the same as having the Full Sheet Mode property set in the printer driver.
If off, only the printable portion of the sheet is considered.
For example, when printing to a letter size sheet, typically 8.5 x 11 inches, the maximum print size may be only 8 x 10.5 inches. If full sheet is enabled, the maximum print size is the size of the sheet (8.5 x 11 inches).
When Full Sheet is enabled some geometry may be clipped (by the printer) if it falls into the unprintable area around the edge of the paper.
|Refresh||Clicking the Refresh icon, below the preview image, refreshes the preview image.|
|Show design in overview||If on, the region of the design to be printed is displayed in the preview image. If off, displays the defined sheet, with margins.|
|OK||Accepts changes made to properties (in all categories) and closes the dialog.|
|Cancel||Closes the dialog without changing properties.|