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Help Printing and Saving Plots

To print or save the image in the plot window, first click on the "File" tab and then on "Print..." in the pull-down menu that pops up.

Screen capture showing where to find the print command in 
from the POW plot window

Screen capture showing where to find the print command in from the POW plot window.

When you do this, the program will generate a preview of the plot, as shown below:

Screen capture showing the print preview of the plot in the POW
plot window

Screen capture showing the print preview of the plot in the POW plot window. (Click image for larger version.)

If this preview does not appear, your system may not have Ghostscript (gs) installed or it may not be part of your path. (This may be the case on Unix, Linux or Mac OSX systems, and should not be an issue on Windows machines.) In this case, you will need to contact your system administrator to install Ghostscript or alter your user path to include the local distribution of Ghostscript.

Click on the "Print" button in the Print Preview window to print or save the plot. When you click on it, you will see the following window pop up:

Screen capture showing the print to printer window

Screen capture showing the print window. The text in the "Printer Command" box will vary depending on what type of machine you are on. Shown is the text for a Mac running OSX. A Windows machine will read something like "winPrint". (Click image for larger version.)

If you want to print a hardcopy of the plot click "OK" – this will print the plot to the standard printer for your system. On Mac OSX and Unix-based machines, you may need to know the name of your print and input that into the "Printer Command" box.

If you want to save a copy of your plot to a file, click on the diamond next to the word "File" in the upper part of the window. Then you will see the window change to this:

Screen capture showing the print to file window

Screen capture showing the print to file window. (Click image for larger version.)

You will probably want to change the filename. Change the file type by clicking on the down arrow next to the "filetype" input box. (Postscript is the standard file output, you probably want JPEG or PNG). Also check the Directory where the file will be saved. You can change this by clicking the "Browse" button and choosing a new directory. When all these settings are correct, click "OK". Note: If a file with the same name already exists in the directory where you want to save this file, this command will overwrite the existing file, so make sure that you give the plot a new name each time!

When you are finished, close the print preview window by clicking on the "Close" button in the upper right-hand part of the window.

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