How To Print Out Schematics

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How To Print Out Schematics

Post by oldtechie » Fri Jun 06, 2008 5:59 pm

I am needing to be able to print out schematics. They are sometimes in jpg format. They are larger than normal size (8.5"x11") paper.

I've tried print screen and tried a few free programs that are supposed to be used to make banners etc. The idea is to spread out the image over several sheets of paper.

All I can get on the printout is a bits & pieces. Looks like someone tried to use a copier that was running out of toner.

I've been printing other things OK. My printer is HP PSC500, a little old but should do the job.

Any ideas would be appreciated.

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Post by MrAl » Fri Jun 06, 2008 6:49 pm

Hi there,

If you dont have too many to print out, you can do it manually using
Paint. You would open the file in Paint and then divide the pic up
into maybe four pieces, and then print out each piece individually.

Interesting idea however, and something i may want to have too
so i am thinking about writing a program to do this with either
jpg, gif, or bmp files. The program would break up the pic based
on some maximum dimension, such as width. Any width over
say 1600 pixels would be broken into two or more sections and
written to individual files. The individual files could then be printed
one at a time.
If you cant find anything else perhaps i'll throw together a small
program to do this. From a programming standpoint this isnt
too hard to do so it shouldnt take more than a few hours to produce
I would need to know if you are running XP or a previous Windows
op sys first however.
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Post by CeaSaR » Fri Jun 06, 2008 7:46 pm


Most printers are capable of a maximum custom paper size of 8.5 x22
before choking, making fanfold paper (remember THAT stuff?) minus the
tractor tabs (2 sheets) a viable solution. If your schematic is over either
of these dimensions you will have to split it into sections.

To get an idea of your printer margins, go to a "word" program such as
WordPad or, better yet, Microsoft Word or equivalent. Go to your page
setup and set all margins to 0, and when the warning box pops up, hit
enter to tell it to automatically adjust the margins for you. Subtract these
dimensions from your paper size and you'll know exactly how wide/high
you can go.

From your initial post, it sounds like you are having a similar problem to
what had cropped up at work, our image program has the index card
setting "stuck" in it's print setup. You might want to check all your printer
settings, both in your programs and, if you are using Windows, your
default system printer settings. You may end up having to set your
defaults to what you want before even starting your image program(s).
If you have a similar problem, set all printer settings, in both the system
printer and the programs, to the desired dimensions. That way, there are
no conflicts as all setups are exactly the same. Then try to print using the
banner method again, making sure you select the Banner option in the
printer setup.

If you still have problems with the banner method, try a picture of of your
maximum calculated size, as described above. To make it quick on your
printer, use Paint, set it's size accordingly and draw a border around the
edge. If this prints out correctly, you'll probably have to cut the image up
into the correct size pieces.

Hope this explains some of the possibilities.

Good luck,
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Post by Lenp » Sat Jun 07, 2008 8:57 pm

Quick Tip,
Send the document off to the local Staples Print Center. They can print almost any reasonable size, quickly and not too expensive.
You can even send the document via the net to save one trip.
We were going to invest in a plotter but considering the dry/dead cartridge issues related to infrequent use,
Staples is our cost effective alternative for the few large drawings we need to do.


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