Printing your Punch designs
Printing in Punch

There are several options to print Punch plans. The choice depends on your goals, your printers, and your program's availability.

A Tip:
- If you try to print a plan and you get several blank pages --> keep in mind that Punch prints the entire workspace, so if you have a small object in a remote corner (even a dot) the system will print the entire empty workspace.

Printing Options

Normal Printing: File --> Print / Print to Scale --> Specify the Printer settings such as the paper size, paper orientation, color or monochromatic, etc --> Print.

Printing Punch plans as JPG, BMP or other raster format - Option 1: Visualize your Punch plan on screen --> set the zoom adequately to fit the entire plan on screen --> create a screenshot (Press Print Screen) --> Go to MS Paint or your preferred graphic program (Photoshop, Print Shop Pro, etc.) --> Paste --> Crop the image --> Save As --> xxx.jpg or .bmp or another format --> keep in mind, these plans are not scaled.

Printing Punch plans as JPG, BMP or other raster format - Option 2: Print your plans as explained in "Normal Printing" (above) --> File --> Print --> Print to fit page --> these plans are not scaled unless you printed the original plans to scale.

Exporting Punch plans to CAD: First you must create a file for each floor of the project --> each file must be only one level (1st floor, 2nd floor, 3rd floor, etc) --> Verify if all the required elements and tabs are visible on the screen --> File --> Export to --> DXF / DWG --> Select the version --> Export --> You can print these plans, or open them with a CAD program or send by email --> these plans are scaled.

Convert Punch plans to PDF Files: File --> Print or Print to Scale --> Select your PDF printer or Follow this Tutorial

Convert Punch plans to DWF files - Option 1: File --> Print or Print to Scale --> Select your DWF printer or Follow this Tutorial

Convert Punch plans to DWF files or PDF - Option 2: Export your plans to CAD as explained (above) --> Download and install True View (a free program from Autodesk, the manufacturer of AutoCAD) --> Open the CAD file --> Export to --> DWF or --> Export to --> PDF


Note: An updated version of this Tutorial is available in the FREE e-book
"Learning Punch Software (R): Mini-Tutorials"
Click here to get your copy!

- The background images used on this page are not royalty-free. Please use images from your own collection.  
 
- The page SAMPLE is a "hidden" page that contains sets of elements grouped into "sections": Title + photo, Icons + text, text + icons + video, etc...  
 
Select the section that best fits the design desired and copy/paste it onto your page (to “paste” in a specific location, right-click and choose Paste). Be sure to take the entirety of the section by selecting its external container (the one containing the background image or color). 
 
- Important: each "section" must have one, and only one, inner container (element group) for the section content. The outer margins of this sub-container set minimum distances from section boundaries.
 
- The "Horizontal" button in the "Selection" menu controls the automatic centering of an element. 

- To change the order of elements - i.e. place an element below another in a "relative" positioned container (like most of the content in the sections), use the Element Explorer on the left: green "arrow buttons" will appear when it is possible to change the order. Icons under an element and above the element group allow to put elements onto the same "line" and modify alignment.
 
- The entire header menu can be modified in its dedicated Layer (e.g. "Base_MenuRetractable"; simply change the page’s Layer to use a different menu). Use this to modify menu links (by copy/pasting existing links), change the colors etc. Note that these elements are pre-programmed to work with one another, so try to avoid “dragging” new ones on that could disrupt the general responsive behavior of the menu (favor using copy & paste).
 
- For more information, please consult the Wiki:  
 
http://wiki.openelement.com/en/index.php?title=Responsive_Templates_%22Centered%22
 
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