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[Q] Paper size in FormZ Layout


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I'm struggling with printing at 100% from the FormZ layout application. The app insists on splitting up my drawing when printing at 100%.

This is my flow:

  1. I want to laserprint on A4 so I choose 'ISO A4' from the 'Standard Paper Size' drop down menu in the Layout Project Settings.
  2. But if in the print dialogue box I set 'Scale' to '100%', my drawing is split into two pages.
  3. On the other hand, if in the print dialogue box I set 'Scale' to '99%', my drawing prints on one page
  4. As a workaround, if I choose a 'Custom Paper Size' that is slightly smaller than A4 (say, 5mm less at 28.7x20.0) then I can use 100% and print on a single page.

Is this expected behaviour? I expected that I needed to choose the paper size of the printer in the 'Standard Paper Size' menu.









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Today I finally realized what is causing the problem with printing at 100%.

Choosing ISO A4 as the print size in FormZ assumes that the paper size will be 29.7 x 21.0 cm.

But on my MacBook - and I don't know whether this is an Apple thing or an HP print driver thing - A4 is defined as 29.7 x 20.99cm. As a result, FormZ thinks that my layout document doesn't fit the paper size and starts splitting up the print over two pages: the document is 0.01cm too high for the paper size ... 🙂

If I make a custom paper size in the print driver that is 29.7 x 21.0cm everything is fine. I guess I could also make a 'Custom Paper Size' in FormZ Draft Layout File -> Project Settiings that is 29.7 x 20.99

I think the screenshots show the mismatch. No drama, all solvable, it just stumped me 🙂

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