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2.1.4 Graphics Display Windows

Graphics display windows (e.g., Figure  2.1.7) are separate windows that display the program's graphical output.

Figure 2.1.7: Sample Graphics Display Window
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The Display Options panel can be used to change the attributes of the graphics display or to open another display window. The Mouse Buttons panel can be used to set the action taken when a mouse button is pressed in the display window.

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To cancel a display operation, press <Ctrl-C> while the data is being processed in preparation for graphical display. You cannot cancel the operation after the program begins to draw in the graphics window.

For Windows systems, there are special features for printing the contents of the graphics window directly. These features are not available on UNIX systems.

Printing the Contents of the Graphics Display Window (Windows Systems Only)

If you are using the Windows version of FLUENT, you can display the graphics window's system menu by clicking in the upper-left corner of the graphics window. This menu contains the usual system commands, such as move, size, and close. Along with the system commands, FLUENT adds three more commands to the menu for printer and clipboard support. These commands are described below:

Copy to Clipboard   places a copy of the current picture into the Microsoft Windows clipboard. Some attributes of the copied picture can be changed using the Page Setup panel (see Section  2.1.4). The size of your graphics window affects the size of the text fonts used in the picture. For best results, experiment with the graphics window size and examine the resulting clipboard picture using the Windows clipboard viewer.

Print...   displays the Microsoft Windows Print dialog box, which enables you to send a copy of the picture to a printer. Some attributes of the copied picture can be changed using the Page Setup panel (see Section  2.1.4). Still more attributes of the final print can be specified within the Microsoft Windows Print and Print Setup dialog boxes (see documentation for Microsoft Windows and your printer for details).

Page Setup...   displays the Page Setup panel (see Section  2.1.4), which allows you to change attributes of the picture copied to the clipboard, or to a printer. Further details about this panel are included in the following section.

Page Setup Panel (Windows Systems Only)

To open the Page Setup panel, select the Page Setup... menu item in the graphics display window's system menu.

Figure 2.1.8: The Page Setup Panel (Windows Systems Only)
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Controls
Color   allows you to specify a color or non-color picture.
Color   selects a color picture.

Gray Scale   selects a gray-scale picture.

Monochrome   selects a black-and-white picture.

Color Quality   allows you to specify the color mode used for the picture.
True Color   creates a picture defined by RGB values. This assumes that your printer or display has at least 65536 colors, or "unlimited colors''.

Mapped Color   creates a picture that uses a colormap. This is the right choice for devices that have 256 colors.

Clipboard Formats   allows you to choose the desired format copied to the clipboard. The size of your graphics window can affect the size of the clipboard picture. For best results, experiment with the graphics window size and examine the resulting clipboard picture using the Windows clipboard viewer.
Bitmap   is a bitmap copy of the graphics window.

DIB Bitmap   is a device-independent bitmap copy of the graphics window.

Metafile   is a Windows Metafile.

Enhanced Metafile   is a Windows Enhanced Metafile.

Picture Format   allows you to specify a raster or a vector picture.
Vector   creates a vector picture. This format will have a higher resolution when printed, but some large 3D pictures may take a long time to print.

Raster   creates a raster picture. This format will have a lower resolution when printed, but some large 3D pictures may take much less time to print.

Printer Scale %   controls the amount of the page that the printed picture will cover. Decreasing the scaling will effectively increase the margin between the picture and the edge of the paper.

Options   contains options that control other attributes of the picture.
Landscape Orientation (Printer)   specifies the orientation of the picture. If selected, the picture is made in landscape mode; otherwise, it is made in portrait mode. This option is applicable only when printing.

Reverse Foreground/Background   specifies that the foreground and background colors of the picture will be swapped. This feature allows you to make a copy of the picture with a white background and a black foreground, while the graphics window is displayed with a black background and white foreground.


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