9.1.13 Creating a Default or Printing Configuration File

When GraphX creates a new picture window, the configurable picture parameters contain default values from the default configuration file. If a picture without an associated picture configuration file is loaded from disk, the specified default file is used to initialize the pictures configurable parameters. If the default values are not suitable for your application, you can load the default configuration file and edit it. If you do not specify a default file, GraphX will automatically assign values for you.

To specify a default picture or printing configuration file, select the Preferences menu and choose Configuration Files. The GraphX Configuration File Options dialog box appears.

The default option specifies a picture configuration file to use when creating a new window or loading a picture that has no associated picture configuration file. It is particularly useful when a window is created in response to a new ICS path being created.

If you specify a printing configuration file, the specified configuration file is used only while the picture is being sent to the printer. This allows you to create a configuration file that produces suitable output for a particular printer. The configuration file can be any .UGC graphic configuration file. You can also use any configuration file previously saved to disk.


When printing a graphic or creating a new display picture window, you can specify the configuration files which contain the parameters you want to use. You can create a configuration file by saving a picture, or by saving an empty session window with the picture configuration information set to values suitable for your printer or plotter.You can use the configuration file associated with a picture previously saved or create a new configuration file as follows:

  1. Create an empty window by selecting New Window from the Window menu.

  2. Edit the picture configuration information by selecting Picture from the Preferences menu. Select the appropriate preferences.

  3. Save the picture and assign a meaningful, descriptive name to associate it with your window or type of printer.

    As you save the configuration, a configuration file is created with a .UGC file extension, such as HP7475A.UGC. For example, to use the parameters specified in this file for printing, you would enter the file name, HP7475A.UGC, in the Printing edit box.

Modifying the Graphics Marker Capabilities

You can control certain aspects of the graphics marker symbols. To modify how GraphX responds to marker commands (S and SZ):

  • Select Marker in the Picture Preferences dialog box.

    The Graphics Marker Options dialog box appears.

    This option

    Does this

    Enable Marker Sizing

    Instructs the accessory to respond to the SZ (Set Marker Size) command, but limits the minimum size of the marker to the value specified in the Minimum Marker box. If this option is not selected, the accessory ignores the SZ command and uses either the default size of 500 NDC or the value specified in the Minimum Marker box, whichever is larger.

    Minimum Marker Size

    Changes the minimum size of the marker.

    Configurable Marker Symbol 13

    Selects an ASCII character to use as the configurable marker, symbol 13, set using the S (Set Marker Symbol) command.

To save a picture configuration file without saving an entire image

  1. Select Save Configuration As from the File menu.

    The Picture Configuration File dialog box appears.

  2. Specify a filename and location, and then click OK.

    The picture configuration file is saved with a .UGC file extension.

To print an image

In addition to accepting plotting commands from the host, you can print from your PC to the default printer. For information about how to use the Windows Control Panel to select the default printer, refer to the Microsoft Windows Users Guide.

  1. Put the focus on the picture window.

  2. Select the File menu and choose Print.

    The images created by the host application for display may not always be suitable to send directly to a printer. For example, the host may print white text on the UTS 60s default black background. When this image is sent to a printer which has a default background that is white, the white text will not be visible. In this situation, there are two solutions:

    • Select Print Inverted Gray Scale from the Picture Preferences dialog box. This will cause the light shades which were appropriate for the UTS 60s black background to be converted to dark shades which are legible on white paper.


    • Create and specify a printing configuration file where the parameters selected will produce better print results.

Changing Printer Options

You can modify settings for the default printer. For example, you might want to select a different printer, change the paper size, or change the paper orientation.

To change printer options:

  • From the File menu, choose Printer Setup.

    You can select from the available options to change the printing parameters.