printing visual or what?

Aug 17, 2010 at 10:13 AM


i'am trying to print my chart.

double width = printDialog.PrintableAreaWidth; 
double height = printDialog.PrintableAreaHeight; 
Size size = new Size( width - 100, height - 100); 
Point point = new Point((width - size.Width) * 0.5, (height - size.Height) * 0.5); 
_plotter.Arrange(new Rect(point, size)); 
printDialog.PrintVisual(_plotter, "chart");

this does not work. the grid and 'Graph Lines' are not scaled right.

so i need an example or en explonation how to do it right.



ps: this doesn't help:



Aug 17, 2010 at 10:54 AM

I use this function to print D3 charts:


using System;
using System.Collections.Generic;
using System.Linq;
using System.Text;
using System.Windows;
using System.Windows.Controls;
using System.Windows.Media;
using System.Globalization;
using System.Printing;

namespace Utilities
    static public class PrintHelper
        static public void Print(FrameworkElement ele, string name)
            //Most printers don't do borderless printing, so this artifically adds a border.
            const double margin = 30;
            const double titlePadding = 10;

            PrintDialog printDlg = new PrintDialog();
            printDlg.PrintTicket.PageOrientation = PageOrientation.Landscape;
            if (printDlg.ShowDialog() != true) return;

            //Format the title line
            FormattedText formattedText = new FormattedText(name, CultureInfo.GetCultureInfo("en-us"), FlowDirection.LeftToRight, new Typeface("Verdana"), 12, Brushes.Black);
            formattedText.MaxTextWidth = printDlg.PrintableAreaWidth;

            double scale = Math.Min(printDlg.PrintableAreaWidth / (ele.ActualWidth + (margin * 2)), (printDlg.PrintableAreaHeight - (formattedText.Height + titlePadding)) / (ele.ActualHeight + (margin * 2)));

            DrawingVisual visual = new DrawingVisual();
            using (DrawingContext context = visual.RenderOpen())
                VisualBrush brush = new VisualBrush(ele);
                context.DrawRectangle(brush, null, new Rect(new Point(margin, margin + formattedText.Height + titlePadding), new Size(ele.ActualWidth, ele.ActualHeight)));

                context.DrawText(formattedText, new Point(margin, margin));
                context.DrawLine(new Pen(Brushes.Black, 1), new Point(margin, margin), new Point(printDlg.PrintableAreaWidth - (2 * margin), margin));

            visual.Transform = new ScaleTransform(scale, scale);

            printDlg.PrintVisual(visual, name);



Jan 24, 2012 at 1:07 PM

Grant, Thanks so much for that chunk of code, it saved me a ton of time! I just added the following XAML

        <Button Content="Print" Height="24" HorizontalAlignment="Left" Margin="245,0,0,12" Name="button1" VerticalAlignment="Bottom" Width="60" Click="bPrint_Click" />

a little C#

         private void bPrint_Click(object sender, RoutedEventArgs e)
            PrintHelper.Print(grid, chartTitle.ToString());

and I was printing charts! Now for a cup of coffee... :-)

Oct 17, 2013 at 7:14 PM
ydab_lj, grantz and mtimperley,

Thanks so much for asking and the code. It saved me a lot of time, too. Ichecked it out, tried it and the printed charts were wonderful!

Is there any way to give You some benfits, likes or points or something else?