Page Setup

Parent page: WorkspaceManager Dialogs

Three incarnations of the Page Setup dialog.

Summary

This dialog allows the designer to configure how the software outputs the specified printout to the chosen printer, in terms of paper, scaling and color settings.

While the controls of the dialog remain the same, the actual use of the dialog, and its banner text, will vary depending on the type of document being printed.

Access

The dialog can be accessed in the following ways:

  • From the Schematic and PCB Editors, using the Outputs | Documentation |  » Page Setup command, from the main menus.
  • Right-clicking on a schematic, PCB, or text document's entry in the Projects panel, and choosing the Page Setup command from the context menu.
  • Right-clicking in the Print Preview dialog, and choosing the Page Setup command from the context menu.
  • With the entry for Schematic Prints, PCB Prints, or Text Print selected, on the Default Prints tab of the Project Options dialog, click the Page Setup button.
The Print Preview dialog can be accessed using the Outputs | Documentation |  » Print Preview command (from the Schematic and PCB Editors). Alternatively, for these editors, and the Text Editor, access can be made by right-clicking on the respective entry for a document, in the Projects panel, and choosing the Print Preview command from the context menu.
From the PCB Editor, access to the Print Preview dialog can also be made directly by clicking the Outputs | Assembly |  button, or by using any command on the menu associated to the Outputs | Fabrication | button.

Options/Controls

Printer Paper

  • Size - use this field to choose the size of paper you are printing on. The field's drop-down populates with all paper sizes supported by the printing device chosen in the Printer Configuration dialog.
  • Orientation - use this control to determine the orientation of the printed output on the page, either Portrait or Landscape.

Scaling

  • Scale Mode - use this field to determine the mode of scaling employed. Choose from either Fit Document On Page, or Scaled Print.
    • Scale - this field becomes available when the Scale Mode is set to Scaled Print. Use it to define how much the document is scaled. Entering a value greater than 1 will essentially enlarge the print (a zoomed-in effect), while entering a vlaue less than 1 will shrink it (a zoomed-out effect).
Where the print is enlarged, the true content of the original page is still printed. It will simply be divided over a number of pages. These pages, when printed and placed together will show the enlarged original printed content.

Corrections

  • X/Y - these fields become available when the Scale Mode is set to Scaled Print. Use them to adjust the printout in the horizontal and vertical planes respectively, for scaling errors in the printer.

Offset

  • Horizontal - use this field to manually adjust the position of the printed content on the page, in the horizontal plane. Enter a positive value to shift the printed content to the right on the page, or a negative value to shift it left. If the field is set to zero, the minimum horizontal left-hand margin required by the printer is used. Enable the Center option to automatically position the printed content so that it is centered horizontally on the page.
  • Vertical - use this field to manually adjust the position of the printed content on the page, in the vertical plane. Enter a positive value to shift the printed content upward on the page, or a negative value to shift it downward. If the field is set to zero, the minimum vertical bottom margin required by the printer is used. Enable the Center option to automatically position the printed content so that it is centered vertically on the page.
It can be a good idea to show the printable region when using the Print Preview dialog (right-click and choose Show Print Region). This will enable you to see how manual adjustments to the offsets effect the printed content, in relation to the area of the page that your printing device can actually print.

Color Set

Use the options available in this region of the dialog to choose which color set you want to use for the printed output. Available color sets are:

  • Mono - choose this option to use the monochrome color set, whereby the content will be printed in black and white only.
  • Color - choose this option to use the full color set, whereby the content will be printed using all colors available to the nominated printing device, as required.
  • Gray - choose this option to use the gray scale color set, whereby the content will be printed in shades of gray only.

Additional Buttons

  • Print - click this button to print the required content. The Printer Configuration dialog will appear, with which to confirmwhat is to be printed, and to which printing device.
  • Preview - click this button to access the Print Preview dialog, with the page(s) to be printed loaded ready, and in accordance with the defined page setup, and printer configuration. use the previewer to make sure the resulting print looks exactly as you need it to, prior to generating the actual print(s).
  • Advanced - click this button to access an additional properties dialog, with printing options in relation to content included in the print. The actual dialog accessed, and the options it provides, depends on the document type from which you are trying to print:
    • Schematic - accesses the Schematic Print Properties dialog.
    • PCB - accesses the PCB Printout Properties dialog.
    • Text - accesses the Advanced Text Print Properties dialog.
  • Printer Setup - click this button to access the Printer Configuration dialog, from where you can define what is printed, and to which printing device it is sent.

 

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