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Large chart to a single image

By RealGem ·
I have a large chart (a network diagram in MS Project) that I need to share with 40 or so people. They do not have MS Project, and so they cannot see it on their own.

Printing the chart, even on a large-bed printer (on 2 ft x 4 ft paper) still requires a lot of taping before I can put it up on the wall.

I tried creating a pdf, but since this is essentially a print, you are limited to the maximum form size.

Instead of printing, I would like to convert the diagram into a single image (e.g. JPEG) that can be scanned, panned, zoomed, etc. just using the browser.

What kind of options are available? Are there browser plug-ins, special ways to create large jpegs. I would rather *not* do a bunch of screen captures and then stitch the images together in Paintbrush...

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by softcorp.us In reply to Large chart to a single i ...

Hello...

I understand what you're trying to do. But, it really is not possible.

MS Project prints to sheets of paper. It does not arrange a network diagram as a single large sheet or as a single large diagram. So, it is not possible to automatically create a single image that is N by M sheets of paper in size that could be converted to a JPEG.

Even if you could do it, a JPEG that large would be impractical to move around and view. Huge images like that cannot be viewed for a reason. They would take up too much memory to scroll and pan like you want.

Your best bets are:

1. Create a PDF as you already thought. Recipients would be able to do essentially the same printing that you can do with MS Project.

2. Buy a third party MS Project Viewer for each of the 40 recipients. They are inexpensive but not free. Microsoft does not offer one. I don't have any experience with any of these.

A list of viewers:
http://c2.com/cgi/wiki?MicrosoftProjectViewer

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by dryflies In reply to Large chart to a single i ...

I have seen a drawing plug in for autocad that does what you want. I have seen it used to pan and zoom drawings exactly the way you are describing. We used to use a plaotter to print our gantt charts we would put it on landscape and set it to continuous feed. Sometimes we had charts 15ft or longer by the 4ft width. finally, when you create the file as a pdf, the viewers can use acrobat reader to pan and zoom the document at will.

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by RealGem In reply to

Thanks, but I don't want to buy Autocad. I'd still have to convert MS Projects to Autocad, which just gives me a new problem.

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by dryflies In reply to Large chart to a single i ...

read the whole answer and the viewer is available for free. Your acrobat reader will do the same thing.

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by RealGem In reply to

And, as I said in my original question, creating a PDF results in a multi-page document. The chart that I'm printing is a network diagram, which means a lot of cross-page connectors. The chart loses it's value when the pages are laid out in one dimension when they should be spread over two. The diagram that I have is large, and takes up several sheets of 2-foot by 4-foot paper.

As I said, I'm looking for something that will create *one* page or image instead of several smaller ones.

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by dryflies In reply to Large chart to a single i ...

You can make a page as large as you want. For example, I just created a 36X48 sheet with garden symbols in it using visio and acrobat pro 6.0. give me an e-mail and I'll sen it to you as proof. You know, it just pisses me off when you give someonge a correct answer and they argue with you. so much for my points eh? :-) if you print to adobe all it allows is up to a C sheet. if you use the converter, you can go as large as you want.

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by RealGem In reply to

Now I get it a little better. You're saying to set a custom page size in Acrobat!

Ok, I've been working on that. Seems to work pretty well, except that not everything prints. My chart has boxes with text in them. The boxes print, but not the text. The kicker is that the top 50% of the chart looks good, and only the bottom 50% has that problem.

Are there any tricks with width / height ratios that I need to watch out for? I was trying 72" by 96".

And, you are well on your way to earning the points, by the way!

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by dryflies In reply to Large chart to a single i ...

I have never gone larger than an Achitectural E sheet. But, even at that size with truetype fonts you should be able to pan and zoom. plus it only means that if you do print it you'll only have to tape up four of them. I imagine you are pushing the limits of acrobat at 72X96. remember that memory increases as the square of the size so there is a practical limit where you will make your workstation thrash and all productivity will be lost. thrash = excessive use of virtual memory causing the machine to slow to a snails pace because it is using all of its resources swapping out memory.

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