Common Export Issues and Solutions

Overall Output Size

I often get the question of why an exported/printed/emailed drawing is either:

  1. Small in comparison to the full printed page
  2. Too much spacing or not enough of the drawing appears

Issue 1 – The “The exported drawing is small in comparison to full page” 

Likely the cause is that there is a tiny object (may not be visible at the current zoom level), that nonetheless is part of of the overall drawing and export.

It will be at the opposite side of the canvas from where you see your reduced sized drawing.

How to Fix:

Option 1 – To resolve, zoom in on the “empty side” to find and delete the unwanted object. Once deleted, the export should be fine.

An easy way to find that missing object is to Multiple Select the entire “empty side” using the Box Select tool.

Option 2 – During an Export to PDF, at Settings > Export Area, choose the Visible Portion Option instead of Entire Drawing to only export the elements currently on screen.

Issue 2 – Too much spacing or not enough of the drawing appears

What can happen is that the drawing size is being applied to a output scale that causes a mismatch for the output size (paper size, scale).

For Example: You could have a drawing that at its widest is 100 ft. When you then go to export the drawing to PDF, you are presented with a Scale option on the PDF Setting dialog. This output scale needs to take into consideration the size of the drawing itself. Each of the various scale options describes how the drawing size will be printed on the paper.

How to Make all Text Size the Same

By default, all text gets added at a size appropriate to the drawing’s current zoom level. However when you want to export your work, the various text sizes may not be ideal for a final presentation.

There are two ways to “fix” this issue.

Solution #1 –

Set the text size to never change

Solution #2 –

Once you are ready to send out / show your work – change all at once.

The video below shows how to select all text and make them all a single appropriate size.