“There’s been a terrible mistake!” Chad exclaimed. “My GIS print is still chopping off my markup, doesn’t look anything like my screen, and is zoomed in too far!”
While the above scenario is entirely fictitious, it holds a little too much truth for many of us who’ve switched from the old Silverlight viewers to new HTML5 viewers. Without Silverlight’s print-preview, it’s been hard to quickly line up a perfect print on the first try.
Print preview has finally made an appearance in HTML5. It looks a little different, but is available now that we have finished last night’s server upgrade. Check it out in your site, and see how it functions below.
Once you enter the print tool, you’ll notice two new features. The pink box which shows the area to be printed, and a “Lock print preview with map” checkbox option in the left panel. The checkbox will lock or unlock the preview area from the map. Unlocked (below left) will allow you to shift what will print, where the locked mode (below right) will keep your print area in place.