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Re: Wrong plot size

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  • Subject: [mg24469] Re: [mg24464] Wrong plot size
  • From: John Fultz <jfultz at>
  • Date: Wed, 19 Jul 2000 01:21:46 -0400 (EDT)
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At 12:59 AM 7/18/2000 -0400, Al Koedl wrote:
>Hi Everybody,
>When I give an absolute size as an option to the Plot command, i.e.,
>Plot[x, {x,0,10}, ImageSize->6 72]
>the size of the plot should be exactly 6 inches when printed. The ruler
>shows the plot's size to be 6 inches but when I print it it comes out
>much smaller (about 5 inches wide) on an HP Laserjet using Postscript.
>This was done with Format>ScreenstyleEnvironment>Working. When I switch
>to Format>ScreenstyleEnvironment>Printout the ruler shows the plot to be
>about 4.75 inches wide. Scaling to 6 inches and printing again produces
>the 6 inches plot.
>So my question: Why has the ruler in the Working environment the wrong
>scale? I use the default Style sheet, no options changed.
>-- Al

The ruler in the Working environment has the correct style, but the default 
style sheet has a property which you probably did not expect.  The Graphics 
cell style has the Magnification option set to 100% in the Working 
environment, but 80% in the Printout environment.  As you have probably 
quickly surmised by now, 80% of 6 inches would be 4.8 inches, about what 
you report as seeing on the screen.

If you edit the style sheet and change the Graphics/Printout style cell to 
Magnification->1., you will get the behavior you desire.

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