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Blue circle on printouts - why?

Posted: Tue Dec 17, 2019 6:16 pm
by TimothyC
Greetings from Michigan

I just tried the "64 bit trial version" and within minutes purchased the "64 bit version of QCAD." When I try to print a blue filled circle appears on my drawing. Is that a left over from the trial version. If so, how do I get rid of it?

I'm just an "old guy" who likes to code and make drawings to support my various hobbies.

Thanks in advance for help!

Tim

Re: Blue circle on printouts - why?

Posted: Tue Dec 17, 2019 6:23 pm
by andrew
No, likely a misconfiguration of sorts.

Please post your drawing file (DXF/DWG) and a screenshot, so we can see what you mean.


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Re: Blue circle on printouts - why?

Posted: Tue Dec 17, 2019 6:32 pm
by TimothyC
Andrew,
Thank you for your quick reply.

Here's a picture of the screen after selecting "PRINT PREVIEW"
blue.JPG
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And here's the DXF file I am trying to print: (as attachment)


Version: 3.23.0.0 (3.23.0)
Internet: QCAD.org
Build Date: Jul 18 2019
Revision: 42e52bf
Qt Version: 5.5.1
Architecture: x86_64
Compiler: MSVC++ 12.0 (2013)

The graphic "SPRITE" is the logo found on Austin Healey Sprite automobiles about as close as I can model it.

Tim

Re: Blue circle on printouts - why?

Posted: Tue Dec 17, 2019 7:26 pm
by Husky
Hi,
TimothyC wrote:
Tue Dec 17, 2019 6:16 pm
When I try to print a blue filled circle appears on my drawing. Is that a left over from the trial version. If so, how do I get rid of it?
For some unknown reason there is one blue Point (Entity) in your drawing. Delete it and your issue is solved. To catch that point I recommend to use the selection filter - makes your life easier. :wink:

Re: Blue circle on printouts - why?

Posted: Tue Dec 17, 2019 8:31 pm
by TimothyC
Deleting the blue circle would be the easy fix, wouldn't it? However, the blue circle doesn't appear until after I select "PRINT PREVIEW." When I select the "RED X" to cancel the printing process, it goes away.

I have successfully printed another file now, so I suspect there is something about that particular dxf file that is funny. I plan to look at the file in a text editor to see if I can find a filled circle element hiding somewhere.

Thanks for the suggestion.

Tim

Re: Blue circle on printouts - why?

Posted: Tue Dec 17, 2019 8:42 pm
by andrew
You can simply click the blue point in the print preview to select it and hit delete.

Or, as Husky suggested, use the selection filter (View > Selection Filter).

Or reduce the point printing size under:
Edit > Drawing Preferences > Printing > Page > Point Size (mm)

Re: Blue circle on printouts - why? SOLVED

Posted: Tue Dec 17, 2019 9:11 pm
by TimothyC
Andrew,
Your second suggestion made the difference. Specifically, "drawing units" had not been selected/specified. When I specified "inches" all was well with PRINT PREVIEW.

Thank you

Tim