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Draw size choices: 'Distribute on multiple sheets of paper' vs. 'Tile sheet on paper with repeated pages' ??

asked 2017-11-14 23:09:58 +0200

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updated 2017-11-15 05:00:20 +0200

What's the difference between these two Draw printing Size modes? Help does not cover these modes.

  • Distribute on multiple sheets of paper
  • Tile sheet on paper with repeated pages

I want to print a 36" wide poster on multiple landscape pages.

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answered 2017-11-15 08:01:26 +0200

updated 2017-11-15 08:34:23 +0200

tdf#63905:

Tile pages puts multiple small pages onto one large page, unscaled. For instance, if you create a drawing with a page format of 4.25"x 5.5" (1/4th of a letter page) and print that on letter paper with tiling, it will put 4 non-scaled images on one sheet of letter paper. Tiling worked in OpenOffice 3.2.1 and appears to work properly in LO 4.4.0.1 rc1, but only when I force it to use paper size from print preferences. From your description above, it sounds like your commit should fix this issue.

I don't think the description of "Tile sheet of paper with repeated pages" is very meaningful, but I can't come up with anything better. It literally is just tiling the pages.

tdf#84051:

when you set page size to A2, and in printing set paper size as A4 and have "Distribute on multiple sheets of paper" selected, page will be printed to 9 pages

(I suppose that 9 is because paper has printing margins, so actual printable width/height of A2 is less than A4 x 2)

I'd suggest you to file a bug against LibreOffice Help

Edit: I filed an enhancement request for restructuring of these two options. (Still, please file a separate bug against help, as proposed above.)

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Mike Kaganski, right, you need to add some room to print register marks, so you can glue the sheets as good as possible together, that s why you often get 9 A4 pages in stead of A4 pages.

If you want to design to a maximum of 4 sheets, you have to adjust the original paper size, to a custom size that is slightly smaller than an A2 sheet.

Henk C. Meerhof gravatar imageHenk C. Meerhof ( 2017-11-15 11:40:41 +0200 )edit

@Mike Kaganski, I see. Thank you. I added to your Enhancement Request:

  • Document page is larger than printer page
    -Print each document page onto multiple smaller printer pages.

  • Document page is smaller than printer page
    -Print multiple small pages onto a single larger printer page.

EasyTrieve gravatar imageEasyTrieve ( 2017-11-15 21:10:04 +0200 )edit
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