Novice (ab)using Paper Space and Viewports

Discussion in 'AutoCAD' started by Fatfreek, Apr 20, 2005.

  1. Fatfreek

    Fatfreek Guest

    I've been using Autocad for a bunch of years but am a novice as respects
    Paper Space and Viewports. I decided to try it out this morning and the
    plot preview on my display looked perfect. I'm using 2005 under Win2k Pro
    with loads of free disk space and 1.5Gb Ram.

    However, to my 8 ½ x 11" printer, not so perfect. It was as if I were
    looking at the entire model plotted at Extents (a 60" tall model) but
    divided by 4 rectangular lines that I suppose represented the viewports.
    The whole 9 ¾" wide rectangle was somewhat left of center -- plus there was
    a small vertical strip at the right some ½" wide from top to bottom of
    sheet. Inside this was my full scale plot of the two rightmost viewports.

    I named this layout SmallSheet, assigned my HP 895cxi to it, then created 4
    viewports in it. In each viewport, I then zoomed Center to certain key
    drawing zones that I wish to test the looks of the colors there and defined
    a 1XP zoom size so those entities would appear sized as if during final plot
    to a large format printer. It looked so pretty and I was so proud. Even
    the plot preview looked perfect

    From SmallSheet I clicked the Print icon and all settings looked fine to
    this novice. Under "What to Plot", I left it at Layout.

    Can you spot anything that I should have done differently?

    Len Miller
    Fatfreek, Apr 20, 2005
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  2. Fatfreek

    Fatfreek Guest

    Oops! I just discovered 5 viewports and the large one mostly covered the 4
    smaller ones. My blunder!!! Strike one, however, against the plot preview
    since it showed all was well.
    Sorry for the false alarm.
    Fatfreek, Apr 20, 2005
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