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32.1.56 File/Hardcopy...

The File/Hardcopy... menu item opens the Graphics Hardcopy panel.

Graphics Hardcopy Panel

The Graphics Hardcopy panel allows you to set graphics hardcopy parameters and save hardcopy files of graphics windows. See Section  4.14 for details on the use of this panel.



Format   allows you to select the format of hardcopy files.

EPS   (Encapsulated PostScript) output is the same as PostScript output, with the addition of Adobe Document Structuring Conventions (v2) statements. Currently, no preview bitmap is included in EPS output. Often, programs which import EPS files use the preview bitmap to display on-screen, although the actual vector PostScript information is used for printing (on a PostScript device). You can save EPS files in raster or vector format.

HPGL   is a vector file format designed for pen plotters. The HPGL driver supports a limited set of colors and is not capable of rendering some scenes properly.

IRIS Image   is the native raster image file format on SGI computers. The IRIS Image driver may not be available on all platforms.

JPEG   is a common raster file format.

PPM   output is a common raster file format.

PostScript   is a common vector file format. You can also choose to save a PostScript file in raster format.

TIFF   is a common raster file format.

VRML   is a graphics interchange format that allows export of 3D geometrical entities that you can display in the FLUENT graphics window. This format can commonly be used by VR systems and in particular the 3D geometry can be viewed and manipulated in a web-browser graphics window.


Non-geometric entities such as text, titles, color bars, and orientation axis are not exported. In addition, most display or visibility characteristics set in FLUENT, such as lighting, shading method, transparency, face and edge visibility, outer face culling, and hidden line removal, are not explicitly exported but are controlled by the software used to view the VRML file.

Window Dump   (UNIX systems only) selects a window dump operation for generating the hardcopy. With this format, you will need to specify the appropriate Window Dump Command.

Coloring   (all formats except Window Dump) specifies the color mode for the hardcopy file.

Color   specifies a color-scale copy.

Gray Scale   specifies a gray-scale copy.

Monochrome   specifies a black-and-white copy.


Most monochrome PostScript devices will render Color images in shades of gray, but to ensure that the color ramp is rendered as a linearly-increasing gray ramp, you should select Gray Scale.

File Type   specifies the type of hardcopy file to be saved.

See Section  4.14.1 for details.

Raster   specifies a raster type hardcopy. The supported raster formats are EPS, IRIS Image, JPEG, PPM, PostScript, and TIFF.

Vector   specifies a vector type hardcopy. The supported vector formats are EPS, HPGL, PostScript, and VRML.

Resolution   specifies the resolution or the size (in pixels) of the hardcopy.

DPI   specifies the resolution of EPS and PostScript files in dots per inch (DPI). The default value for DPI is set to 75.

Width   specifies the width of the raster hardcopy image.

Height   specifies the height of the raster hardcopy image.

  The default value for Width and Height is set to zero, so that the default hardcopy is generated at the same resolution as the active graphics window.

Options   contains additional options for all hardcopy formats except Window Dump.

Landscape Orientation   specifies the orientation of the hardcopy. If this option is enabled, the hardcopy is made in landscape mode; otherwise, it is made in portrait mode.

Reverse Foreground/Background   controls the foreground/background color. If this option is enabled, the foreground and background colors of graphics windows being hardcopied will be swapped. Hence, it allows you to make hardcopies with a white background and a black foreground, while the graphics windows are displayed with a black background and white foreground.

Window Dump Command   (UNIX systems only) specifies the command to be used to save the hardcopy file, when you select the Window Dump format. See Section  4.14.1 for details.

Save...   opens the Select File dialog box, in which you can specify a name for the hardcopy file to be saved and then save the file. The resulting file will contain a hardcopy of the active graphics window.

Apply   saves the current settings. FLUENT will use these settings when making subsequent hardcopies.

Preview   applies the current settings to the active graphics window so that you can investigate the effects of different options interactively before saving the final hardcopy.

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