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printing from ETKA (mostly earlier repost)

On Thu, 27 May 1999, Huw Powell wrote:
> 1.  Do I need to buy some A1 or something paper to print these things
> neatly?
> 2.  Any success out there at exporting the drawings (& text) to files?
> Readable files?
Since the archives are now down, below is my slightly modified earlier
post to qlist on how I solved the problem of printing from ETKA.


---------- Forwarded message ----------
Date: Thu, 18 Mar 1999 13:48:43 -0500 (EST)
From: Andrei Talalaevskii <andrei@insti.physics.sunysb.edu>
To: quattro@coimbra.ans.net
Subject: printing from ETKA, was: Heard at a dealership ...

Maybe it's WOB but just in case someone needs to print and save pics
ETKA and has problems with that, here is how I do it.

1. get the picture you want on the screen

2. click "print"
The box will pop up which will ask you to chose an option (it will ask
a mix of English and German). Choose: "two pages", "all text". And in
printer settings chose "print to file". If you have a PS printer driver,
you'll get a PS file. It will prompt you for a file name for each page.

3. This PS files can be later distilled to PDF (you need an Adobe
Distiller) and merged to a single file

alternatively if you have an Adobe Acrobat Exchange package, you should
be able to   choose "acrobat PDF writer" as a "printer" and get a PDF
at once. If I remember right, it didn't work for me for some reason. So
made a PS and distilled it.

The last trick, you might get a page size A4 (A4 is not always a car :)
instead of standard US LETTER. Either resize it later, or use paper
accordingly. How to resize an output depends on the software you are
using. Acrobat Exchange 3.+ has a "shrink to fit" box. As far as I
remember Ghostview doesn't have that. There is other software that
allows to resize .ps files like Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, etc.
Those are not a shareware, though, and neither is and Acrobat Exchange
package (only Reader is free). 

golf & 4kq