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Oct 25, 2003, 10:18 PM
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Printing .pdf plans to scale?


I have a plan here one one page of .pdf.
Can anyone tell me how to print to the exact scale?

I am using Adobe Acrobat,with an Epson 880.

I have selected the poster function,and can print up to 16 pages,but what do I have to do,to get an exact size printout?

Can anyone help,please??

I don't want to keep wasting ink/paper and time like this!

Many thanks,

Matt
Oct 26, 2003, 07:19 PM
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Matt, hopefully someone knows this!!
Don
Oct 26, 2003, 07:33 PM
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Not much to do unless you have access to a poster printer/plotter....That's what I did for a bunch of plans and it worked great. If not, do they have Kinko's or something similar where you can go have them print it out on a large printer?
Oct 27, 2003, 02:42 AM
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Well, I know it CAN be done on a PC,I need to find out how to 'tile' the drawings,then sellotape them all together.

I can use the 16 page poster setting on my printer, but the finished results are larger than 100% even though the setting is left at 100%

Someone must now how!?
(Peeeasse!!!)

Matt
Oct 27, 2003, 12:26 PM
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While not the easiest thing to do, it can be done without too much difficulty and in the case of this Ultimate bipe, the print-outs are full size, with no resizing needed.

It doesn't matter what magnification you use to view the plan. I left it at the 32% that it started at. Unfortunately there is no grid you can turn on to help when drawing the rectangles so you will have to estimate where to draw them.

Use the Graphics Select tool in the top toolbar. You need to draw a rectangle on the plan with dimensions of about 8x10.5" to fit a sheet of paper. The whole plan is about 31x24", so you'll need to draw 9 rectangles to print the whole plan. I've diagramed where 6 of the rectangles should be drawn on the plan. The lower three would be for the wing. It's best to overlap the rectangles a little so when you trim the paper, you can get accurate alignment.

After you draw a rectangle, Right click inside the rectangle and select Print. A Print window will open. This is the important part. Uncheck all of the boxes except for the dot next to Selected Image. Then print it out. It should be full size without any need for scaling or resizing. Then it's just cut and tape all the pieces together. It took about an hour to print and tape them all.
Apr 07, 2014, 09:34 AM
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To print plans from PDF to tiled PDF go to this site and download the free tiler. I have just printed a super sixty plan red zephyr plan and Trenton terror plan and all were to correct scale. I hope this solves your problem. Model airplane plans - viewing scale & print PDF files. Free
Apr 07, 2014, 09:40 AM
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One option would be to take it to a Kinko's (et al) and do a full sized plot.

Costs a few bucks, but might be worth it to get a couple of them.
Apr 07, 2014, 08:28 PM
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One option would be to take it to a Kinko's (et al) and do a full sized plot.

Costs a few bucks, but might be worth it to get a couple of them.
NO - I took a set to Kinko's. They came out 3/4" undersized.
I took the same file to a local blueprint shop and they were exact!

I also print full size plans on 8.5 x 11 and piece them together. I use the free Adobe 10 reader and choose the tile feature in the print menu.
Sep 10, 2014, 07:32 PM
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NO - I took a set to Kinko's. They came out 3/4" undersized.
Yep, I had the same thing with the plans coming out way to small. The clerk didn't seem to care too much either when I said the scale was off. I'm pretty sure most copier clerks aren't particularly technical folk.
Sep 10, 2014, 10:27 PM
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Ive printed plans at office depot or staples, I Dont remember. They looked at the comp with me to confirm correct size, then printed! Abt $17 for 3x 36" x 48" pages
Jul 25, 2015, 03:14 AM
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How to print to 1/12 th


H All,

Have a pdf plan, could you help in knowing how can i get it print to 1/12th scale.
As i have visited local printer shops but no one is aware of it. Need help.
Jul 25, 2015, 07:27 AM
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NO - I took a set to Kinko's. They came out 3/4" undersized.
I took the same file to a local blueprint shop and they were exact!

I also print full size plans on 8.5 x 11 and piece them together. I use the free Adobe 10 reader and choose the tile feature in the print menu.
That's how I do it.

Line them up with a small tab of tape, once it's gown in 4 places on one side I use a strip on tape that runs the length of the edge I am working on. I have come out with some large plans doing this 8'x6' and up.
Aug 15, 2016, 07:17 AM
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You could use Isiplot.
http://www.profili2.com/ip_eng/default.asp
Aug 15, 2016, 07:30 AM
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Scaling old scanned pdfs can be problematic. In the old days (<~2000) printing from old blueprints that have been made into pdfs could be out of scale proportionally in the X and Y.

I have no idea if yours are that old, but you may need to to have them printed and then take a scale to them and check both axis', to then have the in-store tech adjust the print.


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