General pane contains the most common print/plot settings (e.g., print/plot region, paper orientation), and allows for the specifying of default values that will appear in the Setup dialog during the print sequence. "> Help | Kubotek3D

General Print Configuration
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The General pane contains the most common print/plot settings (e.g., print/plot region, paper orientation), and allows for the specifying of default values that will appear in the Setup dialog during the print sequence.  It also controls the spacing in the pattern of dashed lines, and whether printing will be in portrait or landscape mode.

Dialog Options:

Print/Plot Region

This setting allows selection of automatic or manual control of the print region size.  The values you entere here will be the default values in the Setup dialog during the print sequence.

All of Media

Use this setting to print or plot using the largest available paper region depending on how the printer or plotter was configured in Windows.  When you use All of Media, the Size box is inactive.

Specify Region

Use this setting to print or plot using a paper region that you specify.  Specify Region allows you to set a smaller paper region to print or plot in.  When you use Specify Region, you can specify a paper region using the Size boxes.

Size

Use this setting to print or plot a region in inches or millimeters, by specifying X and Y values for the printing or plotting region in the Size box.  Entering a value in the inches box automatically updates the value in the corresponding value in the millimeter box, and vice versa.

Offset

This setting sets the origin of the print or plot region in inches or millimeters to compensate for any default offset added by the printer or plotter.  Enter X and Y offset values for the printer or plotter in the Offset box.  You can have negative or positive offset values.  When entering Offset values, you can enter X and Y values that move the printing and plotting region off the paper resulting in a clipped print or plot. Entering a value in the inches box automatically updates the value in the corresponding value in the millimeter box, and vice versa.

Scale

Use Scale to scale your part to the paper size without distorting the part. Scale determines the ratio of part size to paper size.  You can allow the program to automatically determine the scale, or you can choose your own scale. The values entered here will be the default values in the Setup dialog during the print sequence.

Auto

This setting scales the part to automatically reach the extents of the paper margins.

Key In

This setting allows you to enter a plotting scale value manually.

Anchor

Use Anchor to define the position from which you move the paper drag box.  The position you select here entered here will be the default values in the Setup dialog during the print sequence.  When you finish setting up the printer in the Printer Setup dialog box, you are then prompted to indicate a placement for the paper in the viewport.  A rectangular highlighted paper border known as a drag box is then displayed.  You can move the drag box to any position on your screen.  The drag box allows you to set the paper around the part.  Drag box boundaries match the print area size you set in the Printer Setup dialog box.  Position the cursor in the Drag Point box and click on one of the cursor placement options:

Dashes

Use these input fields to specify the sizes used for the line segments and spaces for the three dashed line types (dash, center, phantom) that are available.  This value is then applied to dashed lines when they are printed.  These values are expressed in either inches or millimeters.  For each line type there is a display showing the line segments and spaces that make up the line.  The three edit fields underneath control the size of the long dash, the space and the short dash respectively. Note that the Dashed Line type doesn't have a short dash so it only contains two input fields.  These input fields contain the exact values of those segments and spaces.  As you modify the values, the display field will update to show the new settings.  Again, these settings do not affect the appearance of dashed lines in your drawing; only printed lines are affected.  Note that all the gaps in center lines and the gaps as well as the two short dashes in phantom lines are defined to be the same size.  This is standard in modern business practice. 

Orientation

This setting allows selection of either portrait or landscape as the default paper orientation for the current printer configuration.  The orientation selected here will be the default values in the Setup dialog during the print sequence.

Rendering Print Method

Use this option to control how to print in either the Flat or Smooth rendering methods. Three settings are available:

  • Standard – When selected, the standard printing algorithm will be used. The Use painters paneling setting will enable paneling.
  • Use Background Image with HLR - Enable this checkbox if you wish to print rendered solids as a background image. This may increase printing speed.
  • Software Z-Buffer – When selected, the software z-buffer will be used. Note that this setting, when used, will require more memory than is usual, depending on the model, paper size, and printer resolution. If not enough physical memory is available, this method my fail.
Miscellaneous

The following miscellaneous printing settings are available:

  • Extract HLR/HLD in Layout Mode - Enable this checkbox if you wish to use ACIS PHL/Advanced PHL for printing HLR/HLD instances instead of using the default (HOOPS) functionality.  This may take longer to print, but it usually results in better line quality than the facetted HOOPS® result.
  • Background in Model Mode – This setting allows you to print the current Model Mode background color in the file.
  • Background in Layout Mode – This setting allows you to print the current Layout Mode background color in the file.
  • No Instance Border – When selected, the drawing instance border will be disabled.
  • No Detail Callout Border- When selected the detail callout instance border will be disabled (will not show on prints.)