The should always be set specifically after a new document is created but before the network is drawn. This is because the page size will determine not just how the schedule prints, but also how it displays on-screen. Choosing a new page size will increase or decrease the horizontal width of the canvas by stretching it, and it will increase or decrease the vertical height of the canvas by adding or removing gridlines. It is recommended to choose the page size anticipated for printing, and if the schedule appears too small or too large, to use the zoom and stretch controls to enhance readability on-screen.
For some schedules, increasing the page size may help enhance readability; however, others may be too complex to view on a single page. In these cases, the plan may be tiled across multiple pages, horizontally and/or vertically. When printed, a letter and number will print on the lower left of each tile to convey tile sequence. The letter indicates the horizontal sequence; the number indicates the vertical sequence. These can be previewed, and the plan can be adjusted to automatically fit the screen using the print preview.
When opening a schedule that was created on another computer or network, the same page size may not be available, since page sizes are specific to printers. In this case, a warning will appear and the user will be prompted the change the page size automatically. If the printer is available but the driver doesn’t match (likely with “software only” print drivers, e.g. Microsoft XPS Document Writer or Adobe PDF), a similar warning will open. In either case, the schedule will only open once a new printer and page size have been chosen. To assist the user, the warning lists both the printer and page size dimensions in which the schedule was last saved.
NOTE: A large page size can only be used if the time unit is reasonably high or if the duration of the project is sufficiently short. Otherwise, the width of a time unit would be less than the width of a pixel on screen, and input from the mouse would no longer translate accurately on the canvas. Similarly, horizontal tiles can only be removed if the same requirements are met.
NOTE: If the number of vertical tiles is reduced, any areas of the network falling below the new boundary will be cropped. Content can be restored, however, by returning to the original number of vertical tiles.
NOTE: Print preview can be cancelled at any time by clicking the Zoom/Stretch icon from the toolbar and following step 2.
If resource histogram colors are not printing faithfully, first try printing to another printer. Depending on the printer, this may or may not resolve the issue. In the case that it doesn’t, it is recommended to remove the histogram patterns entirely until a further solution is implemented.
When text is too close to the margins, a warning will pop when printing and the text will be highlighted. The print operation will continue, but we recommend adjusting any text near page or tile borders to provide a buffer for the future.
Text strings may appear shorter on screen than when printed, depending on the monitor and resolution of your screen.
If your schedule contains images that appear mirrored when printed, try printing to PDF first or printing to a different printer.