Dimensions Print Smaller than they appear on Screen


Reference Number: KB-00866
Last Modified: July 16, 2015

The information in this article applies to:

Chief Architect Premier or Chief Architect Interiors


QUESTION

Dimensions print smaller than they display on the screen. What's going on?


ANSWER

To change automatic and manual dimensions to display the same size they will print, change the default Minimum Display Size.

  • In version X3 and newer, this setting is a global Preference setting, affecting all plan and layout files.
  • In version X2 and prior, it was a file-specific default setting.


To see a preview of how your view will display when printed, including the size of text, dimensions, and other objects, select File> Print> Print Preview .

To change the minimum display size for dimensions

  1. Open any Chief Architect plan or layout file and select Edit> Preferences from the menu.

    On a Mac computer, select the Chief Architect menu, then Preferences.


  2. On the Appearance panel of the Preferences dialog, change the Dimensions value under the Minimum Display Size heading to 0 pixels, then click OK.



    • Setting the Minimum Display Size to 0 pixels lets you see the numbers on-screen at the printing scale, so you can better predict what they will look like printed.

    • Dimension sizes are set in the Dimension Defaults dialog.

    • Printed label sizes are set in the Schedule Defaults dialogs.


To change the minimum number size for dimensions in X2 and prior

  1. Open the Chief Architect plan or layout file in which you would like to change the minimum number size for dimensions when printed.


  2. Select Edit> Default Settings from the menu. In the Default Settings dialog, click on the word "Dimension", then click the Edit button. 


  3. On the Setup tab of the Dimension Defaults dialog, change the Min. Number Size to 0 then click OK to close the dialog and apply your change.

    • Setting the Min Number Size to 0 lets you see the numbers on-screen at the printing scale, so you can better predict what they will look like printed.

 

In version X2 and prior, Dimension Defaults settings are file specific, which means that each plan and layout file has its own independent defaults. In addition, in any plan file, you can set the Dimension Defaults for floor plan view, each cross section or elevation view, and each CAD Detail window differently. To access the Dimension Defaults for a particular view, simply open the dialog while that view is active.

Beginning in Chief Architect X3, Dimension Defaults continue to be file specific but are no longer view specific. Instead, dimensions are among the objects that can be included in Annotation Sets. To learn more, see the Related Articles section below.