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Hi Guys

I need to correct one error stated here. Tiling of large format pictures/media is the job of the software on the computer, not the printer. The printer will print, to it's maximum paper format, anything that is sent to it correctly in it's printing language. I have a Brother A3 format (Metric 420mm x 297mm) multifunction printer, and use tiling through my software to print A2, A1 and A0 prints (software is a Windows Commercial Photo editing program called Capture One 7). I am under correction, but GIMP for Linux can also tile large images.

It's the option of the software, to work with the printer settings, delivered from the printer software drivers, and then "tile" a large format image, into the size of the paper available. So for example to print an A2 (594mm x 420mm) image, will print four A4 (297mm x 210mm) pages, which you can then cut and stitch together.

To be honest I have never tried this in LO Draw, but I am sure it can be done as long as LO Draw knows how to tile an image. I am metric in my part of the world so you will need to adapt for imperial settings


Andrew Brown

On 24/07/2013 01:23 PM, Kracked_P_P---webmaster wrote:
On 07/24/2013 06:41 AM, John R. Sowden wrote:
We have created a floor plan, using LO Draw with a scale of 1/8" = 1'. Now we want to take it to Kinko's (Fed Ex) and have it printed for about $4.00 per page. Problem is they cannot print it. A few questions:

1) What is the standard file format (description and file type) for professional drafting?

2) Does LO Draw support this format?

3)  If not, is there a work around?

4) Can I print multiple parts of the drawing onto 8.5" x 11.0" paper, then tape them together for a preliminary draft? (I know I can do the taping part, its the printing that is an issue :) )?

5)  And , finally, Does the PDF format fit into this issue at all?



How big is the floor plan - if you printed it out on one sheet of paper? 13 by 19 inches? More? Less?

If you want to print it out on multiple sheets of paper, but that option is called "tiling". You have to have a printer that supports that.

If you export the floor plan to a PDF file, then the "printing service" should be able to print it on their machines. PDF is one of the standard formats they use.

To be honest, you should ask the Kinko's people what file formats they can use with the setup. Some companies have a small and very specific specific file formats and other options. BUT, PDF files should be on their list. Sometimes they can use image files, like JPG, but not always.

The next question is how large of a sheet of paper can they print? I have seen places like Staples Office Center print 11 by 17 inch paper, but to get larger, they have to send the "job" out. I would check out the different companies in your area for a service that has a "plotter". That type of printer can print sheets of 3 or 4 foot wide.

So you need to look into what these print services have to offer, and then plan on the paper size based on their limitations. I have tried using the tile printing option and then taping the sheets together. It was not the easiest to do and the time it took to do all of the alignment and taping was enough for me to want to just go ahead and pay for the full size sheet printing at a service.

ALSO, you need to look at the complexity of the drawing. I had a great looking old railroad map. I exported it out to a working PDF file, but when the printing service tried to print it out on a 3 foot wide sheet, the "rendering" process from file to printer data kept failing. There was just something in the file that was "too much" for the service's system to handle.

Now, if you had the money, I would always recommend getting a wide format inkjet printer. Sometimes you can find them on sale. Mine was the last one that the store had and I bought it at half price. My wide format printer is a HP 7000 Officejet printer and can print up to 13 by 19 inch sheets. I tend to keep it loaded with 11 by 17 inch "tabloid" paper, though. Good quality paper at the 13 by 19 inch size could be costly. My photo sheets cost $1.50 per sheet.

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