Large Format Printing
Large Format Printers
Producing Tiled Large Formats On A4 Printers
In many cases the need for a larger printout is to make a document more readable but that document does not need to be poster quality. In such a situation it is often sufficient to generate a multi A4 page document where each page is a section of the large picture.
PosterRazor is available on the Linux and Windows machines. It accepts the following image formats:
BMP, DDS, Dr. Halo, GIF, ICO, IFF, JBIG, JPEG/JIF, KOALA, LBM, Kodak PhotoCD, PCX, PBM, PGM, PNG, PPM, PhotoShop PSD, Sun RAS, TARGA, TIFF, WBMP, XBM, XPM
Simply start the application, open the file you wish to `blow-up' and step through the option pages to select the desired final size. It then saves the multi page version as a PDF document you can print on an A4 printer and then put together.
Excel will do automatic tiling of your spreadsheets. This can be adjusted by selecting File -> Page Setup. After clicking OK in the dialog Excel will show you how it will tile pages using dotted lines in your spreadsheet.
OpenOffice Calc spreadsheets
OpenOffice Calc will also do automatic tiling of your spreadsheets. This can be adjusted by selecting Format -> Page -> Sheet. After clicking OK in the dialog OOCalc will show you how it will tile pages using thicker lines in your spreadsheet.
Many applications will have the option to save the output as a format suitable for PosteRazor even if you normally would output a different format, e.g. PS or PDF for direct printing.
On the Linux PC the poster application is installed. This will scale and tile postscript images.
On the windows system (e.g. the windows terminal server wts) you can use Nuance PDF Converter Pro to resave the document as a suitable format for posterazor, e.g. png, jpg etc.
The basic procedure is
- Open the PDF document in Nuance PDF Converter Pro
- From the File menu choose Save As
- In the dialog window that appears change the save format to png
- Now save the file
Note when you select the png, jpeg or jpeg2000 format the settings button can be used to further adjust the quality of the output.
Linux system users can use the command pdfposter.