Lest I be accused of complaining, as has happened in the past, let me state from the outset that I am not. I am simply totally exasperated.
Because I need to see the whole of the plan of my office block in order to adjust the sizes of offices and because my monitor is too small to accomplish this and have it legible I thought that I would send the plan to a layout sheet and get it printed so that I can scrawl all over it and then go back to the file and do what I need to do.
I looked for articles in the HD Tech Help website and found KB-00527. Unfortunately this supplied four pages of quite comprehensive instructions which, on reading, applied only to HD Pro 2015 with a reference to scroll to the end of the article for instructions for Pro 2014 and earlier. Those instructions barely covered a single printed page and, for me, are quite useless as they give no real help at all.
I have since spent hours with the reference manual flipping backwards and forwards because of the perpetual "see page 123" references and in the end my head exploded.
I then thought that I would set the preferences for the layout and drawing sheets and try sending the plan to one or the other and then save it as a PDF. HD doesn't provide an option for A0 paper (1150x1525 cms) so I created a new page with those dimensions naively hoping that this would work. I then created a layout page as per the aforementioned feeble instructions and when I sent the plan to the supposedly pre-preferenced layout I got this:
Reference is made in the error message that I should adjust the size with some tool that I cannot find.
In this country we use drawing scales such as like 1:100 (1cm = 1m), 1:50 (2cm = 1m) etc. Given what I have read in the user manual I assume that my drawing is in 1:100. I would prefer 1:50 but as this requires a paper size of 60x40 cms and knowing the limitations the software offers I won't even consider going there.
So after all that preamble (which I hope is in good enough English to be understood) my questions is: Can someone please direct me to an article/help topic which will give detailed and clear instructions of how I might achieve my objective so that I don't end up in a padded cell trying to find a solution on my own.
He could Richard , Keith is from the Mother Country
This is a deliberate crippling on HD Pro Keith , max. size you can Print too is 18"X24" or Architectural C - 18" x 24" (or Ansi C at 17"x22")
The Workaround is to print to PDF at 1/2 your normal scale , and then have the File printed at 200% at the Copy Shop to double the scale back up to the needed scaled.
Note you are not printing at 18x24 for this...
ie 1/8"=1' scale on 12x18 printed at 200% is 1/4=1' on 24X36 (Standard Arch.D Paper)
1/8"=1' scale on 11x17 (ansi B ) printed at 200% is 1/4=1' on 22X34 (Standard Ansi D Paper)
2015 allows Printing direct to PDF but earlier versions need a PDF Printer Driver , usually PDF995 is with HD titles and works well , I use it for all sorts of Printing to PDF especially if emailing something . CutePDF is another free PDf Driver but it Adds other programs to your computer too , at least it did when I tried it several months ago , it added Comodo Dragon a web Browser and other crap, so I went back to PDF995 which shows a splash screen as it "prints" but is harmless other than that.
you don't have to send to layout 1st , most views can be printed directly as can the whole page but if you are sending to layout , set the plan View window to Print Layout/Preview before sending it so you can see if it is going to fit on your page.....make sure "show drawing sheet" is checked in the Print DBX 1st.
more info in this post I did a while back https://chieftalk.chiefarchitect.com/index.php?/topic/1253-dimension-size-on-layout/#entry9849
There is a KB Article on printing to scale too, but on Imperial plans the default is 1/4=1' though that is often too big esp. if printing to 8.5x11 paper though I have started using 11x17 landscape (also called tabloid) which works better if your printer can handle it. this is then doubled to 22x34 if needed.
You can create different sized layout pages for different sized papers if need , just make sure your printer is setup 1st ( page setup) so it sends to the right size.
hope this will get you started