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Printing tips (old printing)

Last updated September 10, 2019 by Tekla User Assistance tekla.documentation@trimble.com

Software version: 
2019i

Printing tips (old printing)

Printing tips (old printing)

Here are some tips that help you print drawings the way you want.

  • If you are printing a drawing to a smaller paper, the line weights are scaled accordingly. This means that no lines are drawn too thickly and the drawings are more readable.

  • You can force a drawing to use a different size paper: Open the drawing and go to Drawing Properties > Layout . In Size definition mode , select Specified size. Insert the required sheet size into Drawing size.

  • If a drawing does not fit to the paper or is printed to a wrong location, use the Offset for print origin option in the Printer Catalog to move the drawing print origin for the selected printer instance.

    The advanced optionssettings used to customize Tekla Structures for specific companies, standards, users, or user groups

    In Tekla Structures, advanced options are settings that are used, for example, in a specific project or geographical area, or by a specific company.

    In Tekla Structures, advanced options usually begin with the initials XS and are followed by the name of the function, for example XS_BACKGROUND_COLOR.

    XS_PLOT_ORIGIN_MOVE_X and XS_PLOT_ORIGIN_MOVE_Y move the print origin in the x or y direction for all printer instances. If you set values for the advanced options, they are used instead of the Offset for print origin value.

  • You can disable the print date information to prevent the loss of information when working with multi-user models. This is useful in cases where a user modifies drawings while another user prints the same drawings. Use the XS_DISABLE_DRAWING_PLOT_DATE to disable the print date.

  • You can add several Windows printer drivers for the same physical printer, and define an exact paper size for each printer driver in Windows printer driver printing preferences or printing defaults. Then in Tekla Structures , you can set printer instances so that you select the printer driver that matches the desired paper size. See the table at the end.

  • If you only have one Windows printer driver for one physical printer, define the largest paper size you are going to use for that printer driver in Windows printer driver printing preferences or printing defaults, for example, A0. Then in Tekla Structures , you can use that one printer driver, and set several printer instances for it, each using the necessary paper size. See the table below.

Physical printer

Windows printer drivers

Tekla Structures printer instances

One printer.

Separate Windows printer drivers for each needed size.

Separate Tekla Structures printer instances are defined for each needed size, each printer instance is using the printer driver with a matching paper size.

One printer.

One Windows printer driver. The printer driver is set to the biggest needed paper size.

Separate Tekla Structures printer instances are defined for each needed size, the same printer driver is used for each printer instance.

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