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What are some general output issues and solutions when working with ArcInfo Workstation?

Last Published: April 25, 2020


This document contains links to other ESRI Knowledge Base documents that discuss many of the general issues faced when creating output (plotting, printing or exporting) a map from ArcInfo workstation.

This document not does apply to ArcGIS Desktop printing or exporting.

ArcPress Issues
· Improve ArcPress rasterization performance
<a href='' target='_blank'>How To: Improve ArcPress for ArcInfo Workstation performance</a>
· ArcPress printing of transparent (non-opaque) images
<a href='' target='_blank'>Problem: Transparent fills print solid</a>
· ArcPress produces blank sheets of paper
<a href='' target='_blank'>Problem: ArcPress only prints blank pieces of paper</a>
· ArcPress prints too dark
<a href='' target='_blank'>How To: Lighten or calibrate ArcPress color</a>
· ArcPress aborts during rasterization
<a href='' target='_blank'>Problem: ArcPress crashes during raster processing</a>

ArcInfo Workstation POSTSCRIPT Issues
· ArcInfo Workstation POSTSCRIPT will not print through ArcPress nor import into ARCPLOT
<a href='' target='_blank'>How To: Verify the PostScript or ArcInfo metafile is not corrupt for printing or ArcPress processing</a>
· PostScript - saving paper on many HP large format printers
<a href='' target='_blank'>How To: Save paper when printing with POSTSCRIPT</a>

ArcInfo Workstation Text, Color and Symbology Output Issues
· Where are ArcInfo Workstation SYMBOLSETS located?
<a href='' target='_blank'>FAQ: Where are the ArcInfo SYMBOLSETS located?</a>
· Display SYMBOLSETS in ArcPlot using the SYMBOLDUMP command
<a href='' target='_blank'>How To: Display SYMBOLSETS in ArcPlot using the SYMBOLDUMP command</a>
· Altering annotations characteristics
<a href='' target='_blank'>How To: Change ArcInfo workstation annotation characteristics</a>
· Lines and Shades appear transparent or streaky
<a href='' target='_blank'>Problem: Lines and shades appear transparent or streaky</a>
· Shades plot at inconsistent sizes
<a href='' target='_blank'>Problem: SHADETYPE STIPPLE produces shading with inconsistent sizes</a>
· Text or Markers either do not plot or plot in an incorrect location
<a href='' target='_blank'>Problem: Text or Markers either do not appear or are in the wrong location</a>
· Hardcopy with unwanted horizontal stripes and unexpected shading
<a href='' target='_blank'>Problem: Maps print with horizontal banding and unexpected shading</a>
· Colors in hardcopy are different from the metafile
<a href='' target='_blank'>Problem: HPGL2/RTL: shades plotted with wrong color for maps containing images</a>

Other output issues with ArcInfo Workstation
· Identifying the driver(s) used by the Arc command PLOT
<a href='' target='_blank'>FAQ: How do I identify the driver(s) used by the Arc command PLOT?</a>
· Long maps get clipped by the plotter when plotting with HPGL2
<a href='' target='_blank'>Problem: Plotting long plots with HPGL2 get clipped by the plotter</a>
· Plotting files that are too wide for the plotter
<a href='' target='_blank'>Problem: Map is clipped or cropped when printing directly from ARCINFO</a>
· Re-scaling an already existing metafile (.gra or mapcomposition)
<a href='' target='_blank'>FAQ: Can the scale of an existing metafile be increased or decreased on output in ARCINFO?</a>
· Importing a metafile (.gra or map composition) into another software package
<a href='' target='_blank'>FAQ: Can a .GRA or map composition be imported into a non-ESRI software application?</a>
· Parallel printing with a third party S-bus parallel card on the Solaris platform
<a href='' target='_blank'>FAQ: Can I print with a third party S-bus parallel card on the Solaris platform?</a>

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