File with 24pt font prints smaller than exactly same file with 12pt font.

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I am printing a relatively large map. First try, I export to PDF use 2400dpi, specify width (36"). This one is using 12pt font. The second attempt (same file and parameters) but with 24 pt font comes out smaller than the first. Any clues?
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Jack Pokrzywa

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Nigel Goult (Olympic & MIVAP)

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Jack,

Its just a guess but perhaps the increase in font size is increasing the overall dimensions of the Map which means for it to fit the same print boundaries it gets sized back down.

You could try keeping the font size at 12pt and closing down spacing elements such as Topic margins and Topic spacing to effectively make the Map smaller which may then mean it will get an increase in size when it grows to fill the print boundaries.

Just a guess at the moment though but worth a try.

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Nigel
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Jack

Here are a few tips: Printing with MindManager
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Thank you both for valuable insight. My case is not one of splitting one map into many rather to fill the print with the map. I am using HP800 Designjet printer so I have plenty of space (width up to 36" - 91cm but thats where the mystery has started. First print (36" x 60')came out ok but still with a lot of empty space on each side. Subsequent enlarging or reducing the font resulted in odd, contradicting logic sizes.
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Hi Jack

More thoughts: Margins and padding are in mm. Changing font sizes changes the relative size of these settings to the font. Similarly other distances which you cannot set are "fixed" e.g. the invisible padding around each topic.

A method I have used to control print size is to place Floating Topic at diagonally opposite corners. As you move these away from the map centre the printed size of the map will reduce.

You can also use a background image with floating topics to help you size the map: Use Background Images to size your maps  and Using Background Images with MindManager

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Hi Jack, have you considered using the Windows snipping tool to save an image of the file as a JPEG, which you could then resize to print? Alternatively you could use an image printer program to save a higher-quality JPEG file.
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