There has been quite a bit of traffic by both email and through the forum on the issue of Printing to PDF using the Plotbox Function as a basis and the standard Print commands to run a Print to PDF Driver that provides some additional flexibility for output to PDF at different resolutions.
Problem Statement 1
We have had some reports from different sources that at times the Print function using a Plotbox and a third party Print to PDF Driver fails to output the color image of e.g. a Cut Fill Map or an Elevation Color Map or an Aerial Image etc. correctly - it appears that the color raster image gets cut of part way and the remainder does not print.
This problem I believe can in many instances be resolved through use of a better Print to PDF Driver TBC in general works well in this mode, however there are two known issues with the recent TBC v5.10 Release
This is a huge challenge for us to reproduce to a point of reliability so that developers can track the issue because the source of the issue could be
When we create a Printout to a Plotter, Printer or through a Driver to a PDF or Image File, we write the Linework and Text as Linework (Vectors) and Text and we write the Image Data (CF Maps, Elevation Maps, Aerial Imagery etc.) as Raster data. Our standard output to PDF through the Sheet Plotting picks and uses a standard DPI for the output that generates High Resolution / High Quality Output. That maybe higher than you actually need, and can generate a larger file than you may want - I hear reports that the file has to be sent by email and some companies limit the size of the email attachments they can receive - and they restrict access to Dropbox type services - so to meet those needs, people use PDF Print Drivers that can reduce the output resolution to e.g. 96 DPI or 150 DPI so that the files get smaller so that they can be sent within the attachment limits.
It is clear that adding multiple pages or increasing the size of the pages and increasing the DPI of the Raster Imagery will all increase the size of the file that you create - some drivers limit the Paper Size and the DPI that you can select for this reason, others allow more flexibility. The reverse is also true - reducing the number of pages, the DPI of Raster Imagery and the Page Size will reduce the file size of the resulting file.
What is also something that you cannot control is the output resolution from TBC - that is a fixed parameter so if e.g. TBC uses 300 DPI, increasing the output PDF to 1200 DPI will have zero value - the image cannot become a better resolution than what we are outputting. So you will see a limit to improved resolution at the TBC Limit of Output. I will get that value for you and post it here shortly.
PDF Print Drivers
I have personally tried a number of different Print to PDF Drivers - I have seen differences in output control capability of these as well as in Page collection management etc. I have not seen the Plotbox Printing issue listed earlier in this post on my computer with any of these Drivers - that is not to say that it is not possible or that it could not happen, I don't produce a lot of outputs so I don't use it as much as maybe you do as users. I am however trying to work out when and why this is happening in order to get a better picture from you as users to see if we can track this down. You can also try to use any of these drivers to see whether the Driver makes a difference.
If any of you have used / do use a specific driver, if you could post information here for others that would be helpful. Please include
Some Print to PDF Drivers that I have Used Successfully
Free with Cute PDF Writer which is also free
Wide range of paper sizes
A2, A3, A4, A5, A6
B1, B2, B3, B4, B5
11x17, 22x36, 24x108, 24x48, 24x60, 24x72, 24x84
24x96, 36x108, 36x42, 36x60, 36x72, 36x84, 36x96, 8.5x10
ARCH A, B, C, D, E, E1
Tabloid, Executive, Statement, Folio, Ledger, Legal, Letter
ISO A0, A1, A2
ISO - B1
72, 144, 300, 600, 1200, 2400, 3600, 4000 DPI options
ICM Color Management
True Type Font Management
Page Layout Options
Post Script Options
Very flexible PDF writer
A4, A5, A6 Paper Sizes
Legal and Letter Paper Sizes
Custom Paper Sizes
72, 96, 144, 150, 300, 360, 600, 720, 1200, 1440, 2400, DPI
Portrait / Landscape
Many Page Collation and Layout Options
Many Graphics Compression Options
Security and Encryption Options
Email, Profiles, and Languages
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I believe this is a Windows standard driver
Doesnt really provide anything other than a pass through of TBC Output into a PDF File. No option to downsize images etc. in the PDF File.
A3, A4, A5, B4, B5
Letter, Legal, Executive, Statement, Tabloid
Installs with Snagit Application
I have found it to work well to create 200 and 300DPI A4 / Letter Size printouts to PDF or Image Formats
Cost is ~$50 for Snagit and that includes the Driver
Print to A4, Legal, Letter
Color / Black and White
100, 200, 300, 600 DPI output
Image Color Management Capability (None, Host or Printer)
Image Color Management Intent (Picture, Graphic, Proof)
Open in Snagit Editor - Can output as any Image or PDF Output
Please add others as you see fit
Is anybody still getting this issue because no matter what I do I cant get a plot out to size on PDF. I have tried this on multiple computers using 5.1 and have the same issue. There is one bloke here who still has version 5.0 and this is not an issue. PDF's come out fine on 5.0
This is a known issue with Plotbox in v5.1, it has been fixed and there
will be a patch next week after the Trimble US Shutdown this week. I have
tested and verified the fix and it is working fine again. Apologies for
Plotting using the Sheet Layout approach works fine, that is the best
solution to the problem in v5.1 currently. There are videos on the forum
covering how to do this if you need them.
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Hey Alan. Thanks heaps for the reply. Look forward to the patch.