Can anyone share some experiences with printing to PDF in 7.3? We have 7.1 and have some wide reports which are being truncated during the print to PDF. I am hoping this is improved in 7.3.
There was a recent discussion on this at https://communities.sas.com/t5/SAS-Visual-Analytics/Export-crosstab-report-data-to-PDF-using-SAS-VA-... where the "Expand clipped content option" seems to be what your after.
Did you search the community before posting a question? This is a good first step as @BeverlyBrown suggests at https://communities.sas.com/t5/Getting-Started/How-to-get-fast-helpful-answers/ta-p/226133
thanks for your input. Yes I am aware of this feature in 7.3. However I am looking for someone who has actually used it in 7.3 and can share their experiences. In the discussion you refer to, the best I can assess is that "it seems" to solve the issue. Seeing is believing 😉
When you enable the Expand Clipped Content option, large objects are handled as follows:
1. Any expanded report objects that are too big for the page are shown in truncated form, with a link to a full version at the end of the report.
2. A complete, expanded version of any objects that were too big is placed at the end of the report. (Note: Crosstabs are limited to 5,000 cells)
3. Each expanded object is placed on a single page in the PDF, so if they are very large (for example, a crosstab with thousands of cells) they might print very small if you print to a standard paper size. However, in Acrobat (not the browser plugin, I find) you can print as "Poster" to span the objects across multiple standard pages. In some versions of Acrobat there might be a "Tile Large Pages" option instead.
As an additional note, the Expand clipped content option uses the current state of any hierarchies in your object (whether the hierarchy is expanded, collapsed, or drilled). If you want to fully expand a hierarchy, right-click the hierarchy name and then select Expand <hierarchy-name>
There's a little more about the option here:
I attached a simple demo PDF to give you an idea how it works.
I hope that helps,
Can you clarify the problem you are having? What do you mean when you say that the print is like a screenshot?
Also, what custom graphs are not printing for you? I did a quick test in 7.1 and was able to print a butterfly chart.
When you print a graph that has scroll bars, only the part of the graph that is currently visible is printed.
I made a custom graph with a combination of line and bar chart and it was able to print. Can you test printing your custom graphs with a different, simple data set?
About printing everything on 1 page -- in the report, are all of the charts in the same section? It is difficult to put 12-16 charts in the same section, but I was able to get 12 charts in the same PDF page in VA 7.1 (see attached.)
I just dragged all of the graphs into the same section. You can drag a new object to the right edge of an existing object to place it to the right in a new column, or to the bottom edge to place it below in a new row.
In my opinion the graphs do not respond well to being crowded to this extent and they become difficult to read.
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