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amitchell@spitzinc.com - 2/15/2019 9:28:53 AM
   
Feature Request & Question
What is Pen number used for? 

I would love to see a feature added that allowed me to print everthing in Pen 1 as Black and everthing in Pen 2 as screen color.

(I know i can set Pen 2 to a single color in the print settings.)

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michael@gutmandesign.com - 2/15/2019 11:49:29 AM
   
RE:Feature Request & Question
Greetings,
 
Although this is not a direct option it can easily be done:
 
1. Create a new level named "Pen 1 Black"
2. Copy all pen 1 entities to that new level (right click on the new level.  Select "copy entities to level, all displayed by type, and select pen 1 on the masking popup screen).
3. Un-display that new "Pen 1 Black" level.
4. Select Edit (menu bar), Entities, Blank. Choose all displayed , all.
5. Display the "Pen 1 Black" level.  Select Edit, Change attributes.  Select black color, and All, All.
6. Now un-display "Pen 1 Black" level again.
7. Select Edit (menu bar), Entities, Unblank. Choose all, all.
8. Select Edit (menu bar), Entities, Blank. Choose all displayed by type; select pen 1.  
 
-Now all Pen 1 entities are not displayed.
 
9. Display "Pen 1 Black" level.
 
-Your Pen 1 entites are redisplayed but in black color.
 
10. Print by screen color!
 
Record a macro if this is a feature you need ongoing.
 
All the best,
 
Mike
 

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michael@gutmandesign.com - 2/15/2019 11:57:17 AM
   
RE:Feature Request & Question
BTW, a pen number is from the days when plotting was done on a pen plotter.  Each physical pen would be loaded into the print head usually by a carousel mechanism.  Each pen could be a different line weight and/or color.

Inkjets changed all that.   



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