How to - Print and Export scales
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In the "Print maps with courses" window there is a Print Scale setting.

In the "Export to PDF", "Export to EPS", and "Export to SVG" windows there is an Export Scale setting.

In the "Export to OCAD" window there are settings for Print Scale and for Export Scale


Here are some thoughts about these settings.


The Export Scale determines the ”absolute” coordinates of the export.   So if the export should fit onto a map at 1:10.000 scale then the export scale should be 1:10.000.


The Print Scale in the OCAD Export dialog is used when you export at e.g. 1:15.000 to import into OCAD on to a digital map file in 1:15.000, but plan to print that map at a different scale, e.g. in 1:10.000. 


Setting the Export Scale in the EPS Export dialog different from the Print Scale of the canvas is mostly used when the map is a bitmap file, e.g. drawn in Adobe Illustrator.  In this case, courses are exported at the scale that that original map file has, so that they will fit onto the map when imported into Adobe Illustrator.   In order to get the symbols at the right size when printed from Illustrator, the “export printout scale” scales the symbols so that when Illustrator rescales the symbols at printout they will get the right dimensions.


When courses exported as EPS go to a print shop, to be printed onto existing maps, both the export scale and the printout scale should be set to the scale of the printed map.   So if the map in Condes is 1:15.000 but the courses should print on a map at 1:10.000 then both the print scale and export scale should be 1:10.000 when the map is 1:10.000.


Course Area Setup depends on the workflow.   When using the setting “entire canvas area”, the size of the exported file (EPS and PDF)  will fit exactly the size of the OCAD map EPS export, so that both the Condes EPS or PDF (with the course) and the OCAD EPS (with the map) have the same dimensions.  This should make it easier for the print shop to register the two images on each other.     If the canvas area exceeds the map area, you get a warning when exporting and can choose to limit the export to the map size.

The other two Course Area Setup settings do exactly what they say, but for those, the print shop must make sure that the course is placed correctly onto the map.  In general, use registration marks to make sure the two images match onto each other.


Page Setup if you set this to “fit page to course size” it means that the dimensions of the EPS or PDF file will equal the course area setup and you will get one course per file.   If you choose a fixed page size format, youll get the same effect as when you print to a printer the image may not fit on the page if the page is smaller than the course area setup, or more than one course may fit on the page if the page is larger than the course area setup.

The page setup can be used when you create a layout at e.g. A0 with many courses on the same sheet.  Condes will lay out as many courses as can fit on the page.  Remember that Condes can also export the map to the same EPS file (so that you avoid the trouble with matching an EPS file from Condes with an EPS file from OCAD).


Here is an example of an export to paper size A0 with a lot of different courses: