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v3.4.4 Added Paper Sizes US Ansi A, B, C, D, and E
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Stitchboard Support message #1
v3.4.4 Added Paper Sizes US Ansi A, B, C, D, and E
January 6, 2017 at 11:42:54 PM
 
Hi, everyone.

Briefly, this option will allow you to print more stitches on a page!  Read on...

This is the first of two paper size additions with great new uses.

I just added US Paper sizes Ansi A, B, C, D, and E.  The following chart shows paper dimensions and the number of stitches that fit on a page for standard crochet and knitting.  More specifications will come as I catch up detailing these new options.

Size Dimensions (inches) Crochet Stitches
Across
Crochet Rows
Down
Ansi A 8½ x 11 40 70
Ansi B 11 x 17 50 120
Ansi C 17 x 22 80 150
Ansi D 22 x 34 110 250
Ansi E 34 x 44 180 330

Because of the fact that the freePatternWizard works all its calculations and formatting mathematically, it means that the larger the paper, the more stitches that will fit on a page.  This also means you can actually print larger charts on the same piece of paper and have it shrink the stitches to fit.

The following example uses the standard Adobe Reader to open and print a chart.  For those using a laptop or desktop, this is probably the standard setting.  For those using iOS or Android, there's a similar option.  (I'll detail these soon).

In the case of standard crochet or knitting charts, you can normally fit up to 40 stitches across and 70 rows down on an 8½x11" page (shown in the table above).  Let's say you want to shrink a chart and fit 110 stitches across on a page.

1. Set your paper size to Ansi D (because according to the above chart, you can fit up to 110 stitches across on this size paper).

2. Create your chart in .pdf format

3. Tell your .pdf reader program to print the page.  It will allow you to set certain options.  Adobe Reader allows a setting called "Size Options".  Under this option, choose "Fit" rather then "Actual Size".


Your reader may look different but look for the Paper Sizing and Handling options.  In the Adobe Reader, be sure your paper size is set to "Letter" (if you want to print onto 8½x11").  So even though we're creating the chart onto 22x34" "paper" in section 7 of the freePatternWizard, the .pdf reader will compress it to fit on 8½x11".  That's why you set Ansi D paper size (22x34") on the freePatternWizard and 8½x11" on the .pdf reader.


Here I have "Letter" size paper set in the Adobe .pdf Reader.

You'll probably see a thumbnail of your chart on which you can now see the 110 stitches across (if you look close enough).


4. Go ahead and print your chart and you should have a document with more stitches on each page.

Notes:

The above example is assuming you're printing onto 8½x11" paper and are making either a standard crochet or knitting chart.  More paper sizes (including international) are coming and more details are coming for other stitch types.  For now, when in doubt, just try other paper sizes and stitch types.

I'll document stitches across and rows down for other stitching categories as soon as possible.

With the next group of paper sizes, you'll also be able to back up one and have the system enlarge the page for those who have problems reading smaller print (like me).

These new options are very flexible.  I can add even more or fewer stitches per page if you want it.  Again, hopefully over the next several days I'll get it all documented.

In the meantime, have fun!

Terry


“Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.”
Confucius


 
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Njjohns2013 message #2
Re: v3.4.4 Added Paper Sizes US Ansi A, B, C, D, and E
August 2, 2018 at 10:09:46 PM  (in response to Stitchboard Support message #1)
 
Do these instruction work for printing on a mac laptop? 


 
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Stitchboard Support message #3
Re: v3.4.4 Added Paper Sizes US Ansi A, B, C, D, and E
August 3, 2018 at 2:12:41 AM  (in response to Njjohns2013 message #2)
 
Hi,

Do you know what software you use to read .pdf files?  The process depends on your software.  Let me know if you use Adobe Reader for Mac.  These instructions should work for that.

Basically when you go to print your pattern using the linked instructions, you need to tell your .pdf program to print it to a single page and tell it to reduce the size to fit.

Let me know what software you use and I'll try to help.

Terry


“Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.”
Confucius


 
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Njjohns2013 message #4
Re: v3.4.4 Added Paper Sizes US Ansi A, B, C, D, and E
August 3, 2018 at 11:23:04 AM  (in response to Stitchboard Support message #3)
 
I am using macOS Sierra Version 10.12.6.  The specific problem I am having is the colors and the size.  The picture has 2 Dachshunds that are black on top of a Heart in the middle that is red and the background is Gray.  When I select the colors black, red and gray it is to dark. the black and red are too dark to read.  If I select the option for color matching it is too dark.  Can you help me with selecting the right colors?  

I have been able to get the Ansi D to work.  But there is a 1.5 inch margin on each side.  I would like to have it with less margin .  

If I could just get the colors so I can read them I can enlarge the pattern on my printer.  

I can send you the picture if you want so you can see what I am trying to work with.  

Thank you Neva 


 
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Njjohns2013 message #5
Re: v3.4.4 Added Paper Sizes US Ansi A, B, C, D, and E
August 3, 2018 at 5:39:51 PM  (in response to Stitchboard Support message #1)
 
this is the picture I am trying to do. I do it on ansi c. it works out ok.  But I need to make the colors brighter so I can see the pattern.  Ansi c gives me 4 pages.  Thank you



 
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Njjohns2013 message #6
Re: v3.4.4 Added Paper Sizes US Ansi A, B, C, D, and E
August 6, 2018 at 11:42:28 AM  (in response to Stitchboard Support message #3)
 
I was wondering if you had a chance to view my two messages.  Please let me know if yuo can help.  Thank you


 
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Stitchboard Support message #7
Re: v3.4.4 Added Paper Sizes US Ansi A, B, C, D, and E
August 7, 2018 at 8:19:18 PM  (in response to Njjohns2013 message #6)
 
Hi.

When you say the black is too dark, are you referring to not being able to see the grid lines on the pattern because it uses black lines?

If it would help, I could add a "Grid Color" option so if you have a lot of dark colors, you could set a light-colored grid line.

If it's that the red and black are hard to tell apart, would turning on symbols help?

Let me know.  We'll see if we can get it working for you.

Terry


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Walt Disney


 
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Njjohns2013 message #8
Grid color
August 11, 2018 at 12:11:07 PM  (in response to Stitchboard Support message #7)
 
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Stitchboard Support message #9
Re: v3.4.4 Added Paper Sizes US Ansi A, B, C, D, and E
August 13, 2018 at 12:46:57 AM  (in response to Njjohns2013 message #8)
 
Hi again.

Sorry but your previous message is blank. Not sure what happened but if you let me know once more what's too dark, I'll try to help.

Terry


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Walt Disney


 
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Njjohns2013 message #10
Re: v3.4.4 Added Paper Sizes US Ansi A, B, C, D, and E
August 13, 2018 at 3:39:56 PM  (in response to Stitchboard Support message #9)
 
Having a choice of grid color might work.  Don't know what happened to my message.  I was out camping  and sent it from my phone.  But I would like to see if a lighter grid color would work.  Thanks


 
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Stitchboard Support message #11
Re: v3.4.4 Added Paper Sizes US Ansi A, B, C, D, and E
August 14, 2018 at 1:46:24 AM  (in response to Njjohns2013 message #10)
 
Ok, I'll take a look and see if I can't add an option to adjust the grid colors.

I'll post again when it's in the program.  Hopefully in the next few weeks.

I might be able to add a temporary shortcut sooner.  I'll take a look.

Terry


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Confucius

 
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