Print Driver or Pen Table

The Print Driver and Pen Table configurations contain identical settings for remapping of colors and weights. This raises the inevitable question of what configuration file to define these remappings in. The best answer will depend on your printing standards and environment.

The primary goals in configuring your printing environment should be to:

  • Maintain as few configuration files as possible
  • Allow for maximum flexibility
  • Produce prints that adhere to your standards.

Since you will most likely need to configure both Print Driver and Pen Table files the key is to limit the number of one type of configuration file, and make multiple variations of the other. The way to achieve this is to limit the number of Print Driver files, preferably one per printer. Then multiple Pen Table files can be created that to be mixed and matched with different print drivers. Using this method requires that any color and weight remappings be done in the pen table.

For those organizations that have very strict print standards additional print driver files may be required. Adjustments to color and weight remappings may be necessary to ensure consistent color and thickness rendering across varying printing hardware.


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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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