Chapter 4: Display
4-8: Printing

To make a paper copy of the contents of the current window, use the Print... command (in menu File). You can use the Page Setup... command for general print settings.

As an alternative to printing, you can request the system to write a PostScript, HPGL, PNG, or SVG file (with the PostScript..., HPGL, PNG (Portable Network Graphics)..., and SVG commands of the File / Export menu). You can also do a screen-capture in order to get a copy of the image. The following table shows the tradeoffs between the different ways of obtaining hardcopy from the screen:

Print commandHighMay be dithered
Screen captureLowHigh
PostScript exportHigh but different fontsDithered
HPGL exportHigh but different fontsDithered
PNG exportLowHigh
SVG exportHighHigh

For specific printing and PostScript settings, use the Printing Preferences (in menu File / Preferences..., "General" section, "Printing" tab).

The "For all printing" section at the top has some general options. The default is to include the entire cell, but you can choose to print only what is highlighted or only what is displayed.
Figure 4.5

Note that when printing the highlighted area, a precise selection can be made with Area selection (see Section 2-1-3).

The "Print resolution" is the number of dots-per-inch (DPI) that the printer expects. Higher resolutions use more memory for the print image.

There are many PostScript options, available in the lower section.

Finally, to print a waveform window, there are special commands in the Window / Waveform Window submenu that invoke "gnuplot" (which must be installed already). Use Plot Simulation Data as PS... to create a PostScript file with the simulation data. Use Plot Simulation Data On Screen to show the simulation data in a Gnuplot window.

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