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Printing Graphics

There are two ways to print graphic views of your model, results, or design. You can use the File | Print  (or Print Preview) menu to create a one-page printout, or you can capture the image to the Windows clipboard using Edit | Copy and Paste it into a text report or any Windows application that can accept bitmap images.

Setup for Printing

Typically you can just print a report without any setup or modifications. There are many adjustable features for reports like margins, headers, footers, and fonts. These are adjusted through Edit | Preferences, where you will normally set them just once.

You can change the orientation of the page (portrait or landscape) using the File | Page Setup command. For more advanced formatting of reports, you might try saving it to a file and editing it with your favorite word processor.

You can change the orientation of the graphics page (portrait or landscape) using the File | Page Setup command before using the File | Print command. Note that a graphic window may consume a large amount of memory when printed. You may wish to print in draft mode for performance reasons or if printer memory is an issue.

Print a Report

With a Report View open and active, choose File | Print to send the report to your printer. The File | Print Preview command will let you verify how many pages the report is and the exact layout. You may also use File | Save Report As to save the report to a file in plain text or rich text format.

Use File | Print to print the active Report View or File | Print Preview first to verify how it will appear.

Correcting Printing Problems

IES has tested printing to a number of different printers both local and networked and also to PDF writers including Adobe Acrobat and CutePDF. If you have printing issues, make sure you have an updated printer driver. (This may need updating on the printer-server machine if printing across a network.)

You may need to adjust the printing defaults (quality, dpi, etc.), if there are out-of-memory issues. You can also change report fonts in the Preferences if there are issues with the fonts installed on your machine.


Out-of-date printer drivers can cause many problems. You can usually download the latest driver for your printer from the printer manufacturer's web site.

Printer Settings

Quality or "dpi" (dots per inch): generally VisualAnalysis does OK with 300 to 1200 dpi settings. If you are trying to print graphics, reducing the dpi setting on the printer may improve performance.

Bi-Directional Printing: There is a setting available on the Ports tab of the printer setting.  If you have problems printing you might try toggling this option.