Printing basics

All printing is defined in terms of the print area. The print area is the physical page size less any margins. For example, if the page size is 8.5 inches by 11 inches, and the top, bottom, and side margins are all a half-inch, the print area is 7.5 inches by 10 inches.


All measurements in the print area are in thousandths of an inch. For example, if the print area is 7.5 inches by 10 inches, then:

The upper-left corner is 0,0
The upper-right corner is 7500,0
The lower-left corner is 0,10000
The lower-right corner is 7500,10000

Print cursor

When printing, PowerBuilder uses a print cursor to keep track of the print location. The print cursor stores the coordinates of the upper-left corner of the location at which printing begins. PowerBuilder updates the print cursor (including tab position if required) after each print operation except PrintBitmap, PrintLine, PrintRectangle, or PrintRoundRect. To position text, objects, lines, and pictures when you are creating complex reports, specify the cursor position as part of each print function call.