Mattias Wandel has a BigPrint program at http://woodgears.ca/bigprint /
"BigPrint makes it easy to make multi-page scale-accurate printouts
comprised of individual sheets printed on ordinary ink jet or laser
Seems to work great so far, there is a provision under print settings
that allow you to calibrate the accuracy of the printed out put. I had
to adjust the height output -.05% and that setting seems to "stick", it
has remained 99.95% every time I have run the program.
Very intuitive and easy to make do what you want it to do.
Does not install so you can simply put the single program file where
ever you like.
I like the fact that it will work on photographs too.
Plus you can crop so that you print only what you want to print with out
having to jump through hoops.
You can display and print a grid, horizontal and vertical or a diagonal
grid, and yu set the grid size. IMHO the diagonal grid works well for
aligning the separate sheets of paper.
If you can part with $22 and you only use it one time you are probably
ahead of the game.
I just tried out the EVAL Copy. It's a great example of what you
can do with 117 KILOBYTES! Ya hear that all ya young-uns that treat
gigabytes like they grow on trees! : ) The new owner of SU
might be smart to toss a few shekles towards Matthias Wandel.
And by the way, yes, I actually have actually carried shekles in my
wallet in real life. Fortunately for me, many of the locals speak 2 or 3
languages. Nice trip, if anyone wants to send you.
12-hr flight.. :O !
Boy, do I ever miss the days of tightly coded programs written in C! The
resources required by applications these days is just ridiculous. I remember
programming in the early days of Apple IIs and PCs where we were strapped with
the 16-bit architectures, and writing (mostly) in assembler was the only real
way to get lickety-split performance without taxing the resources of the
machine. When we finally made it to 32-bit architectures I thought we were
home free! Finally we can write code in C and never have to worry again about
running out of addressing space! (The infamous "640K ought to be enough for
anybody" quote comes to mind here). But no sooner did we gain this new-found
freedom than along comes Java and XML and a whole host of other technologies I
don't even care to understand, and before you know it here we are, bumping up
against the 4GB limit of the 32-bit address space, and making the move to
64-bit machines with ridiculous amounts of memory just so we can perform tasks
no more taxing than browsing the web and listening to music at the same time.
Don't get me started. :-)
But back to your original point of how little space it actually takes to
perform a task with a tightly coded program. If you dabble at all in file
transfers using the BitTorrent protocol, might I suggest having a look at
uTorrent (http://www.utorrent.com )? It installs as a single uTorrent.exe file
that takes less 900KB, yet it packs an amazing amount of functionality into a
relatively small amount of space (by today's standards). It's very well
written and well-behaved, and a very rare example of how (I think) programs
OUGHT to be written. Heck, even if you have no interest in using it, it's
worth a look just to install it and bounce around in it for a while to admire
its capabilities before sending it to the bit bucket.
Repeat after me:
"I am we Todd it. I am sofa king we Todd it."
of people here used it. I have done similar things before with other
programs when it was going to lead to a paste up of a few sheets.
Helpful hint #1, put a pencil/pen tick at the lead edge of the sheets,
so they go back through the same way, often top and bottom margins on
printers can be different.
The system will be down for 10 days for preventive maintenance.
You're absolutely wrong but you already have you're mind made
up and I'm not going to change it. I can do in AutoCad in a
couple of minutes what would take hours to get done in the
free version of SketchUp. Printing is much more flexible in a
real CAD program vs. SketchUp.
The original discussion centered around "glueing" pieces
together to have a full scale print. With _precise_ control of
printing this is easy. Add some crosshairs to the drawing to
use for lining things up, print to scale overlapping enough to
use the crosshairs, cut the margins off, glue together and you
have a full scale 1:1 drawing.
When printing a simple 4"x4" square in SketchUp, on my printer
it comes out on paper as 4" x 3 15/16" with no way to
compensate. Ergo, I can't print 1:1. Irrefutable. I can't
select an object to print without it being the only thing in
the visible screen. I don't need to print the screen, I need
to print the object. Just a couple of things with plenty of
room for improvment.
That said, I'm not complaining, it's a valuable tool as is and
we're lucky to have a free version. When trying to visualize
projects it's the first thing I use.
Not true ... as soon as you provide solid evidence that the statement:
On 4/27/2012 8:11 AM, Swingman wrote:
> You simply can't blame the accuracy of multi page templates printed
> on a personal printer on ANY software.
... is wrong, I'll swiftly retract any portion that is proven wrong. :)
I can do in AutoCad in a
SketchUP is not technically a CAD program, and does not pretend to be.
It is instead "3D modeling software" ... there is a big difference in
the architectural concept under the hood, and elsewhere.
Still, a workaround (adding artifacts that are not germane to the
drawing), just like there are workarounds in SketchUP printing, as
you've noted, and with which I agree.
Once again, the "accuracy" problem the OP complained about is inherent
in assembling a drawing with any 1:1 scale drawing that spans multiple
pages, and is one that is irrespective of the software, and unless you
have a printer that does not use margins and will print to the edges, as
his clearly does (use margins), there is nothing you can do to fix it as
a feature, except use a workaround ... a concept that I have no argument
You're going to tell me simply adding a selectable print
window wouldn't make things easier? Neither of us care about
the whitespace of the drawing, only what we've added.
Convince me that being able to compensate for printer scaling
Which is the reason I'm not complaining. The only bitch I've
got is they removed the ability to export to a *.dwg from the
The simple fact is that MANY people have problems printing to
scale regardless of whether or not the drawing spans pages and
a simple Google search will confirm that. You'll never make
software stupid proof but there is definitely room for
improvement in the printing functionality of SketchUp.
No, I had no problems with the accuracy of the units (inches). The
problem is that a 1:1 drawing wants to print accross 4 pages with the
sketch in the middle. By a certain amound of "screwing around"
(including, but not limited to, moving my drawing to the origin
(0,0,0)), I was able to get better results.
If you reshape the size of your Sketchup window you also cut down on the
extra pages needed. Just be sure to save you tool locations so that you
can restore them after going back to the normal orientation that you use.
Main floor mini den/office from where I read my news, watch my news,
do the FB thing and do some rough sketching.
This way I am not secluded in the downstairs office, but part of the
family's goings on, something I changed after I ran into this
Another important bit:
Relaxation whilst working.
And yes, sometimes you need an overview of the bigger picture. Then
flip to monitor # 3. LOL
Also, notice that I remained out of the fray during this thread,
because, shit, man, some things just aren't as important as they used
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