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Authored by: rzdroj on Jan 24, '02 08:11:12PM

I've recently upgraded my copy of VectorWorks to 9.5 in order to be able to use it on OS X but found no way to print to my HP250C plotter without changing over to OS 9. The MacPlot Ultra Graphic Pack that I had been using doesn't have a version that works with OS X native.

I saw the Balthisar hint and implemented it but there was still a problem in printing to large page sizes. I usually use arch D (24" x 36"). I used the dnj650c driver included with the GhostScript package on the Balthisar site. Incidentally, the Balthisar guide was one of the most well written HOWTO's that I've ever used.

The problem was solved with not much elegance by modifying the file "/System/Library/Frameworks/ApplicationServices.framework/Versions/A/Frameworks/PrintCore.framework/Versions/A/Resources/PaperInfo.xml" using PropertyListEditor while logged on as root. The PaperInfo.xml file was mentioned by gerryclarke on a different forum and for a different purpose but it sounded like the file where paper size might be set as well.

This file seems to control the page sizes listed under File->PageSetup... formatted for Any Printer. I changed the Name, PaperRect and PageRect properties to arch-D, 1296->2592 and 864->1728. PaperRect and PageRect had 1296 and 864 as the height and width of the page in points so two numbers were changed in each of those two sections. Dividing those numbers by 72 gives the value of the page height and width in inches. This was the 7th item in the list which gave the dimensions for the "tabloid page" which were 18" x 12 ".

There is probably a simple way to duplicate a set of page attributes and then modify the duplicate but I was so deep in the file hierarchy, working as root in the system folder, without solid experience that I wanted to get out as soon as possible. So far, it looks like it works and the colors seem close enough for drafting use. It will probably need to be redone with each OS X upgrade but I hope that Apple adds the ability to set custom page sizes soon.

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