MicroStation Tip: Printing Problem Quick Fix

MicroStation printing problems; we’ve all had them, and they always seem to happen at the most inopportune time. You check and recheck your print settings, your pen table, your design file and all of the attachments. Still, doesn’t print right. Maybe you print to another printer down the hall and it comes out right on that one, but doesn’t have the paper size you need.

If after doing all that and your print isn’t coming out right try toggling on the Rasterized checkbox on the Print dialog then resubmit your print.

Typically when printing from MicroStation your dgn data is converted to a vector meta file format that your printer understands. Once sent to the printer, the printer rasterizes the vector information so it can be printed. Things can go wrong at the printer during this rasterization process on occasion. Some of the more common maladies are curves and/or text don’t get rendered correctly, linestyles are not rendered correctly, or attachments are missing completely.

Toggling on the Rasterized checkbox can fix some of these issues. Turning on this option allows MicroStation to render the data to a single raster image instead of having the printer do the rendering. The raster image generated by MicroStation is sent to the printer, and since it’s already been rasterized the printer doesn’t have to do any of the rendering and just prints what it’s given.

So why not have the Rasterized checkbox toggled on all of the time???  It takes much longer to submit your print from MicroStation.

Rod Wing

Rod Wing

Rod joined EnvisionCAD in March 2007 and has nearly three decades of experience working in the CADD industry. He led the IT evaluations of Bentley InRoads and AutoDesk Civil 3D at Wisconsin DOT in their overall CAiCE replacement evaluation. He also led the MicroStation V7 to V8 upgrade effort at Wisconsin DOT which included updating not only the CADD standards to accommodate the changes in the file format but also updating legacy MDL and macros to work in the new environment. Rod received a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Wisconsin in Cartography and a Master of Science in Geographic and Cartographic Sciences from George Mason University. Rod has extensive experience in CADD as well as the areas of GIS, cartography, plotting, scanning, raster editing/manipulation, publishing, and file/data translations. In all of these areas, he has produced custom tools and developed workflows to enhance productivity between diverse sets of applications. He instructs MicroStation classes ranging from fundamentals to advanced applications.

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