Memoir '44 D-Day Landings Memoir '44 D-Day Landings

Forum

Suche
Forum » Memoir '44 - English » Help on printing Official Overlord scenarios
Anzeigen: Heutige Nachrichten 
  
VerfasserThema
skiprydell
Member

Fan-Seite
Nachrichten: 56
Registriert:
June 2004
Help on printing Official Overlord scenarios Fri, 28 January 2005 18:12
Hi,

I've tried to print out the Official Overlord scenarios from this site several different ways (direct print, image reduction, copy to file and then print). Nothing seems to allow the printing of the entire map. It always cuts off halfway on the second board (yes, I've tried shifting the screen view before printing the second half). Any suggestions? Any place I can get the already printed scenarios?

(At some point, it would be great if DoW put out a scenario book containing all the official scenarios published outside the gameset. I wouldn't mind paying for it at all)

Any help much appreciated.

Thanks,

Tom
      
MarkoPolo
-= Crew =-
Cadet

Fan-Seite
Nachrichten: 138
Registriert:
October 2002
Re:Help on printing Official Overlord scenarios Fri, 28 January 2005 18:44
Tom,

I tested it here at the office by going to the Ardennes Overlord scenario, selecting "Print View" from the choices on the left and it brought up a new window with the scenario graphics on one page and the text on a second page. Using the Page Setup command in my browser (Mozilla FireFox) I then changed the Page Layout to "Landscape" and "Shrink to Fit" and it printed fine for me.

If you have tried all that, I'm not sure what might be causing your problems with printing.

We do have plans to offer booklets of printed scenario's in the future. Stay tuned...



      
player59264
Junior Member

Nachrichten: 3
Registriert:
January 2005
Re:Help on printing Official Overlord scenarios Sun, 30 January 2005 11:51
MarkoPolo wrote on Fri, 28 January 2005 12:44

Tom,

We do have plans to offer booklets of printed scenario's in the future. Stay tuned...




Wonderful!

(I do not have the possibility to print, coast too much!)

It will contain all the scenarios bonus?
It will contain the final version of the FAQ with the images? It will contain the Overlord handbook?
It will contain a Cd-Rom with the Scenario Editor?
How much will cost?

Sorry for my bad English Embarassed
      
player17859
Junior Member

Nachrichten: 1
Registriert:
June 2004
Re:Help on printing Official Overlord scenarios Mon, 31 January 2005 18:02
I had the same problem printing. My printer settings in Windows Explorer XP did not allow resizing to fit. I downloaded Firefox and it does allow resizing, so with that and landscape I can now print out the oversized Overlord scenarios. (Now where's that magnifying glass?)
      
skiprydell
Member

Fan-Seite
Nachrichten: 56
Registriert:
June 2004
Re:Help on printing Official Overlord scenarios Tue, 01 February 2005 06:06
Hi Mark,

Thank you for the answer. I tried what you suggested and it doesn't work with Microcrap Browser. I've heard of the browser you mentioned as being much better. Maybe I'll load it up. Otherwise, I look forward to the Scenario book.

Thanks again,

Tom
      
Caboose
Senior Member
First Lieutenant

Fan-Seite
Nachrichten: 1595
Registriert:
May 2004
Re:Help on printing Official Overlord scenarios Wed, 02 February 2005 19:08
Tom,

Do try Mozilla and Firefox and you'll find that you'll be getting less problems since Microsoft's IE is totally integrated to the O/S where's Mozilla and Firefox are not.

That item above alone should be enough for you to change over.

Cab
      
zippy2
Junior Member

Nachrichten: 5
Registriert:
February 2005
Re:Help on printing Official Overlord scenarios Sun, 06 February 2005 22:03
Hi. I'm new here. I'm actually somewhat skillful with computers, but not so much that I install software on my system for fun. I think y'all will find that many techno-weenies like me will just grumble about being unable to print official Overlord scenarios via IE, rather than find and install a superior third-party browser, just to overcome this technical glitch.

Nor am I anxious to buy a scenario book.

Telling techno-weenies to install Mozilla is not the Way of Customer Service. That Way would be, once a technical fault is reported, to correct it so that hapless IE users (certainly the majority of your customers) can print the scenario with their inferior, but widely used, browsers.

I see that the 'unofficial' scenario developers habitually split their Overlord scenarios into two pages. This brutally crude but effective solution would meet my needs, if applied to the Official Overlord scenarios.
      
zippy2
Junior Member

Nachrichten: 5
Registriert:
February 2005
Re:Help on printing Official Overlord scenarios Mon, 07 February 2005 04:13
Okaaay, then. After pitching my little fit about unresponsive technical support, I fretted at the problem until I figured it out. Here's how you print an Oversize Official Overlord scenario from Microsoft Internet Explorer:

1. Select "Print View" for the scenario.

2. Select IE "File" menu.

3. Select "Page Setup" option. This will open a new "Page Setup" window.

4. Select "Landscape" on.

5. Set "Header" and "Footer", if any, to spaces.

6. Set all four margins to 0.0. IE may then set them back to some minimal value. I got "Left 0.7", "Right 0.46", "Top 0.25" and "Bottom 0.25".

The point of steps 4, 5 and 6 is to make the maximum possible area of the target 8.5 X 11 in. paper available for printing the scenario.

7. Select the "Printer" buton. This will open a new "Page Setup" window.

8. Select the "Properties" button. This will open a new "Printer Properties" window. The name of this window will probably vary per the name of your printer. Mine was an "hp photosmart 7150 series Properties" window, since that's my printer.

9. Select the "Layout" tab.

10. Select "Scale to fit" on (it's right under the "Paper size" box). This will open a new "Scale to fit" window.

11. Select "Scale to fit paper in device" on.

12. Select "Document size" of "Legal (8.5 x 14 in.)".

13. Select "Paper in device" of "Letter (8.5 x 11 in.)".

14. Select "ok" for each window, back to the IE "File" menu.

15. Select "Print" option.

16. Select "Print" button.

In recognition of demonstrated trouble-shooting skill, I am requesting promotion from technical weenie to technical mettwurst.
      
Brice
-= Crew =-
Commandant

Fan-Seite
Nachrichten: 1917
Registriert:
October 2002
Re:Help on printing Official Overlord scenarios [OT] Mon, 07 February 2005 10:28
Warning: this is OT.

zippy2 wrote on Sun, 06 February 2005 22:03


Telling techno-weenies to install Mozilla is not the Way of Customer Service. That Way would be, once a technical fault is reported, to correct it so that hapless IE users (certainly the majority of your customers) can print the scenario with their inferior, but widely used, browsers.

Yes, but what if no work-around can be found to let IE print this ?
And IE IMHO is not inferior in terms of browsing, it just sucks because of its really bad security (how many computer are being hijacked per day because of that?).

MSFT is to blame for their security response handling, there are still lots of vulnerabilities not patched in IE, that even the next Feb 12th patchfest will not close.
      
zippy2
Junior Member

Nachrichten: 5
Registriert:
February 2005
Re:Help on printing Official Overlord scenarios [OT] Tue, 08 February 2005 02:12
Brice wrote on Mon, 07 February 2005 04:28

Warning: this is OT.


zippy2 wrote on Sun, 06 February 2005 22:03


Telling techno-weenies to install Mozilla is not the Way of Customer Service. That Way would be, once a technical fault is reported, to correct it so that hapless IE users (certainly the majority of your customers) can print the scenario with their inferior, but widely used, browsers.


Brice wrote

Yes, but what if no work-around can be found to let IE print this ?


What if I was a cute girl? Would you be so negative?

Pay attention. My whole second post was a correct procedure, not a work-around, that I discovered for printing the page that was giving problems from Windows Internet Explorer. It didn't even take me that long to figure out. I'm not even that smart, certainly not as smart as you are, Brice. I just got off my tuchas and did the work.

Brice wrote

And IE IMHO is not inferior in terms of browsing, it just sucks because of its really bad security (how many computer are being hijacked per day because of that?).

MSFT is to blame for their security response handling, there are still lots of vulnerabilities not patched in IE, that even the next Feb 12th patchfest will not close.



You've completely missed my point. It doesn't matter why you think IE is inferior, or even whether or not it is. Microsoft's commercial success is undeniable proof that powerful marketing and customer relations trump mere technical excellence every time.

+99% of your customers are browsing with Windows IE, and can't easily change to the browser you prefer. My point is that Days of Wonder employees should help those customers do business with DoW, not flummox and bewilder them.

(Poor player17859. "Okay then (sigh), I'll just wait for you to publish a hard copy scenario book, when you can be bothered to get around to it, and pay extra much later for what everyone else is getting now for free." How utterly Dilbert.)

About customer relations. Someone at Days of Wonder understands the concept. This whole web site is outstanding, and it's a big draw. I actually just bought a second copy of Memoir '44, mostly to gain full access to this site. Cha-ching! That's the sound of commercial success.

I am sure the business people who envisioned this DoW site, and who led the technical teams in executing it, would be appalled to see its business utility being undermined by their own arrogant, shiftless technical staff.

Now. One thing this site could use is clear directions to the helpdesk. Evidently the Forums are no substitute. Brice, since you work here, would you be so helpful as to direct me to technical support? Thank you.
      
zippy2
Junior Member

Nachrichten: 5
Registriert:
February 2005
Re:Help on printing Official Overlord scenarios [OT] Tue, 08 February 2005 02:24
Okay, I found the helpdesk too. It's the 'Contact us' link in tiny letters way down at the bottom of every page. You might want to brighten that up Brice, put it up in the page header and make it flash, or something.
      
Brice
-= Crew =-
Commandant

Fan-Seite
Nachrichten: 1917
Registriert:
October 2002
Re:Help on printing Official Overlord scenarios [OT] Tue, 08 February 2005 10:26
zippy2 wrote on Tue, 08 February 2005 02:24

Okay, I found the helpdesk too. It's the 'Contact us' link in tiny letters way down at the bottom of every page. You might want to brighten that up Brice, put it up in the page header and make it flash, or something.

I won't comment on your disrespectful previous post.

There is a more easy path to support and customer service: Company menu, then 'Contact us'.
      
chilinski
Junior Member

Nachrichten: 8
Registriert:
January 2005
Re:Help on printing Official Overlord scenarios Tue, 08 February 2005 19:41
Hey, I know I'm going out on a limb here, but what the heck. Here's what I did to print the scenarios.

I went to the scenario in question and copied the map and other artwork to my machine (by right clicking on the art). I opened a new document in OpenOffice (or you could use just about any word processor, I'm sure) and set it for landscape. I then inserted the map and the graphics onto the page. I went back to the website and copied all of the text to the clipboard and pasted it into my office document. In reality, this is all just a matter of cutting and pasting and took hardly any time at all.

One of the advantages of using OpenOffice (from openoffice.org at no cost) is that is can make PDF files directly.

It would be nice for the M44 site to offer the scenarios as PDF files, but it's really easy to do yourself.
      
zippy2
Junior Member

Nachrichten: 5
Registriert:
February 2005
Re:Help on printing Official Overlord scenarios Thu, 10 February 2005 01:06
Thanks for your help, Brice.

Well done chilinski, that's another way to skin this kitty.

While I'm tempted to go get freeware that makes .pdf files, I think I won't. We have several computers at home, plus printer, scanner, digital cameras, router, etc. and I'm the family support tech. Something is always frying a board or losing configuration; maintenance is a constant time-sink. So, like the pros, I don't install any program or device that I don't absolutely have to. Because with computers, nothing is ever simple, nothing ever works right the first time, and I'd rather spend my limited free time schmoozing on a bulletin board.

I didn't really want to spend half an hour figuring out how to print Overlord scenarios, and neither does anyone else. I may have been a little cranky because of that. It seems printing those oversize scenarios is challenging for many customers. Maybe the Days of Wonder staff could put another link on the Overlord scenarios page, linking to print instructions for IE users. That would help the customers.
      
madDdog67
Junior Member

Nachrichten: 4
Registriert:
February 2005
Re:Help on printing Official Overlord scenarios Sat, 12 February 2005 16:15
Just for the record, whether or not it's the "preferred/easier/lazy man's way of dealing with the problem, Firefox is available FOR FREE to anyone who wants to download and install it. If you are capable of finding THIS website/forum, then you are capable of downloading and installing Firefox. Sometimes, as adults, we actually have to try and fix things for ourselves. I know this concept is foreign to many folks these days, and more's the pity.

My own personal view is that anyone *still* using IE is a complete and tot...oh well, better not go there. All I can say is that you can fix the scenario print problems without getting out of your (rhetorical) chair. How difficult is that? And, it the bargain, you'll be installing a browser that will transform your web surfing back to the good old days, before spyware, malware, trojan horses, etc. ruined it.
      
skiprydell
Member

Fan-Seite
Nachrichten: 56
Registriert:
June 2004
Re:Help on printing Official Overlord scenarios Wed, 16 February 2005 19:00
Well, since I started this thread, perhaps I should reply. I did try exactly what zippy2 suggested. For me, it doesn't produce a full reproduction of the map, only two-thirds of it. I got by just hand sketching in the missing four hexrows. Not a big deal. I think DoW has done such a great job of supporting M44 that I really can't complain that their extra, free goodies won't fit my browser. Just not a big deal. I would rather have a professionally polished printing anyway. So, I look forward to getting a complete set of all the various official extra scenarios.

      
red_zebra
Senior Member
Lieutenant

Fan-Seite
Nachrichten: 317
Registriert:
February 2005
  Re:Help on printing Official Overlord scenarios Fri, 25 February 2005 04:41
Used Netscape, had no problems printing Smile
      
    
Vorheriges Thema:Behind enemy lines & Ambush cards
Nächstes Thema:a map for "free for all" with 3 players
Gehen Sie zum Forum: