For a long time different users have asked about printing sets of plans including putting plans and several elevations views or sections views etc on a single piece of paper or several sheets. Some have done this by saving the different views as images, opened them in PaintShop Pro or similar programs, arranged the images on a single sheet, added dimensions and text and then printed the documents.
While this does work, it is not simple and involves using other software that is not really designed for the purpose, as it does not provide automatic dimensioning, printing to scale etc.
Attached is an illustrated tutorial explaining a way to do this all in TFP, utilising its lines, text and automatic dimensioning tools, to add the technical details required for a more profession finished document. These can be printed as a PDF document for printing on large pieces of paper if necessary.
For those very familiar with TFP it is quite simple and you may not need the tutorial, but those not so familiar may find it useful.
Basically the principle is to export each plan or elevations, sections etc., as DXF files and import them again onto a new blank project using a new project for each 'sheet' of your plan set. Arrange each view to suitably fill the page, lock them in the Display filter, then use the Layout toolbar to add additional lines and circles, text and dimensions. Because it is still a DXF file, it remains to scale in the new project, so the TFP dimensioning tools will automatically generate any additional dimensions needed (such as heights on elevations etc). You can add a border, text and title boxes before printing. On the Terrain tab if you turn off the Show Contours, the terrain should snap to your page border, making printing to fit paper, easier.
Attached also is an image for a quick view and an A3 pdf of a sample plan and elevations. This is just a quick example, with dummy text (obviously!) to indicate what can be done but I am sure it will give you the idea.
I hope those who need to print TFP plans etc find it useful.
LATER EDIT: Have just added another image to show how to adjust dimensions that you add to elevations etc.
« Last Edit: June 28, 2009, 05:28:25 AM by Allan Chesney »
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