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Printing problems
I find the printing in VariCAD quite buggy (or at least unpredictable). For example:
File-->Print,VariCAD drivers --> Postscript file, and then
1) Defined by selection window, and I select a portrait region (hight > width)
2) Fit to sheet size
3) Select format from list: A4
Then the preview shows a *landscape* region (not at all what I have selected). This result is in fact independent of what orientation I choose (Automatic, Portrait, Landscape, Do not rotate). The output postscript file has a custom size (BBox), and not at all A4.
A few minutes ago I managed to produce a correct portrait A4 output, I don't know why the behaviour suddenly changed, I have no time to experiment more. Will make a screen-snapshow in the worst case...
printing problems
If anybody answers this question, please include a step-by-step description, how to produce an output postscript or PDF file, which is
- 1:1scale
- it has *valid* A4 papersize
- landscape or portrait orientation according to user
- it contains really the selected rectangular area of the 2D drawing

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To report a bit more.....

I tried for example:
File --> Print --> Print, VariCAD Drivers --> System Printer --> Set Printer --> Print to File, Landscape, A4 (and I specify a .pdf file as output)
and then:
Defined by selection window (I select a landscape region), No additional scaling, --> Preview (Trim, adjust to center) --> Print

The resulting pdf file seems to be ok, however
- openinig it in pdfedit, and checking the page metrics, it says: Left upper corner, x position: 0, Left upper corner, y position: 0, Right bottom corner, x position: 29.7039 cm, Right bottom corner, y position: 20.9903 cm. This is *almost* an A4, as I specified, however, it IS NOT an A4.
- When I print it (using lpr file.pdf, CUPS version 1.3.2 shipped with Ubuntu 7.20), then my printer (HP LaserJet 4000) wants me to fill A5 paper. When I ask it to use A4 instead, it prints only a small part of the full picture.

About to get crazy with this printing problem...
printing problems
Let me continue my monologue....

My goal is still to produce a valid A4 PDF output.

I have set up the 2D drawing format from Tools-->Change drawing format-->User defined (297x210)

Now, I add a border 'Create sheet border around 2D area according to 2D format'. The sheet border is created with the right dimensions (297x210). I interactively place it such that it surrounds my drawing... (for some reason the original, automatic position is off...)

First I try the PDF printer (which is part of CUPS): File-->Print, VariCAD Drivers --> System Printer, Set Printer, and I select 'pdf', paper format A4, landscape.
Then, in the 'Print' dialog, I click Printed area definition: 'Defined by view window'. Then an interactive window appears, where I can position the view window - however, this window is NOT 297x210 mm, but somewhat wider, and the height is less... pretty annoying... why did I then specify 297x210? just for my own fun... So I then click 'Define window by corners, and select the sheet boundary (which is 297x210) as closely as I can. Then I say 'No additional scaling', and click 'Preview'. I get the error 'Desired format exceeds paper size'. I click 'Trim, adjust to center', and 'Preview'. The highlighted area is less than the A4-landscape, clipping the sheet boundary....

Another trial: File-->Print-->Print, VariCAD drivers --> PostScript print, Output to file.
Then, in the 'Print' dialog, 'Defined by selection window', and I select the sheet border (which is the correct 297x210). I check 'No additional scaling', and then Preview: the pink highlighted area is as high as my selection (i.e. 210), but it is much wider. The output postscript document contains really the pink highlighted area (i.e. NOT what I have selected), and when converted to pdf, its left part is clipped.

I am pretty sure one can print to A4 landscape. Would somebody tell me the secret, how?

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So let me conclude, printing is buggy, and no workaround is suggested. Planned to correct this in the future?