Printing a Graphic

Selecting Graphic  ® Print sends the current graphics view to the printer.

You can set the following options in the dialog window Printer setup:

·        Destination

You can choose one of the following options:

·         Local:   prints your graph on your local printer (not available for Motif)

·         SAP Spool: sends your graph to the SAP printer queue (PostScript printers only)

·         File:            creates a print file

·         Clipboard:   copies your graph to the clipboard

·        Additional options provided for the SAP Spool and File options:

If you choose SAP Spool oder File, additional options are available in the dialog window:


You can choose from various formats (Postscript, Graneda (format of Netronic), WMF, etc.).

         Paper format

You can choose from various paper formats from a list (DIN, Legal, Letter, etc.).  The print format (portrait or landscape) must be identical with the paper format of your printer.

         Portrait / Landscape

You can print your graph in portrait format on a landscape paper format, and vice versa.

         Standard character height

(not available for SAP Network Graphics and SAP Bar Chart Graphics)

         Printer name  (available with the SAP Spool option)

         File name  (available with the File option)

·        Additional options for SAP Network Graphics and SAP Bar Chart Graphics:

If you are working with SAP Network Graphics and SAP Bar Chart Graphics, the following additional options are provided:

         Pages: Choose the page range you want to print by double-clicking in the raster.

         Fit to page(s): The various views are fit the paper format size and printed.

         Default size: The various views are printed in their default size.

         Cutting marks: The cutting marks around the various print sections of a default size view will appear in the printout.

         Color print

Option menus or popup windows that obscure the view, or that merely exist somewhere on the monitor screen, are not sent to the printer and have no effect on the printing of the view itself.

When you print a graphics view from SAP Business Graphics, one of the following color schemes (Options  ® Global Options) should be active:

·        Color Scheme E: for Matrix printers and plotters

·        Color Scheme F: for Postscript printers

How the System Sizes Output for the Printer

Your SAP Graphics program prints the largest possible image allowed by the output format currently specified in the printer.

If your window is a horizontal rectangle (that is, wider than it is high), the width of the window is expanded to match the output format width. The window's height is then scaled accordingly.

If your window is a vertical rectangle (higher than it is wide), the height of the window is expanded to match the output format height. The window's width is then scaled accordingly.

In either case, the height-width ratio of the original window is maintained. Whether your graphics window is small or full-screen, what you see on the screen is what you get on paper.

Note the special features of SAP Network Graphics and SAP Bar Chart Graphics described above.

Printer Requirements

In order to print graphics views, the printer attached to your system must be able to print graphics as well as text. It must also have a suitable resolution.

Printing through SAP Spool requires a PostScript printer.

Printer output depends in part on the capabilities of the printer drivers supported by your operating system. For example, in the OS/2 operating system, you can specify the various output format options in the Print Manager.