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I tend Export to PDF our the document [Writer] so I have a full sized PDF file. Then I use the PDF viewer [default veiwer for Linux and FoxPDF for Windows] and then use the "Scaling" options on my printer dialogs.

Page Handling - tab
Page Scaling - "Shrink to Printable Area" option

I take 11x17 inch and larger page PDF files and shrink them down to Letter size that way.

I do this on my Ubuntu 12.04 LTS desktop mostly.
There are similar options for Windows printer dialogs though.

Fit to printable page is not as good as Shrink to printable area, as far as I have tried with my larger documents. I have used the "Shrink" to print out a 2 foot by 6 foot banner for an organization to approve it before it went to the print service to make the large vinyl banner for them.

On 07/25/2013 12:45 PM, John R. Sowden wrote:
I am having another, yet related, problem. The drawing is larger than 8.5" x 11". When I display it on the screen, there is a grayed portrait double line box, which covers the same area that is printed, on the screen. I thought that was the "page pane". Not so, turning it on/off in the View menu has no effect. Looking up 'page pane' in Help sends me to a different help location. I cannot 'edit/change' this grayed box.

Q: How do I make the entire drawing print using the 'fit to printable page' option. I have tried printing to paper and, using 'print to file', creating a pdf. All that is printed is the area inside this grayed box.


On 07/24/2013 12:42 PM, John R. Sowden 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?



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