Printing your Punch Designs
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Printing in Punch
There are several options to print Punch plans. The choice depends on your goals, your printers, and your program's availability.
- 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.
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 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
Can I export my Punch Plans to PDF?
You can convert your Punch floor plans to PDF documents. The first step: you need to get a PDF writer software.
Browse the web with the keywords “free PDF” --> you will find several free programs --> check the compatibility between the software and your OS (XP, Win7, etc.) --> download and install the program.
Once the software is installed, the new program will create a virtual printer (as shown below).
Open you Punch program and your Punch plan --> File--> Print to Scale (or Print to Fit Page) --> the Print menu will open --> select your virtual printer (called PDF writer in the image below).
Usually, the PDF writers have different paper sizes (A3, A1, etc.) so, you can choose the right paper size to fit your drawing.
You can also print to PDF the LiveView images, however, not all PDF writers print the flat views.