Understanding Differences Between Font Display and Printed Output

This section contains information about minor differences you may notice between the way text is displayed in the geometry area and how it looks in printed output.

Text Display

In general, there is a slight difference in how text is displayed between Windows and UNIX: on Windows, text is displayed using TrueType fonts, whereas Type 1 Postscript fonts are used on UNIX.

Differences between Text Display and Printed Output

When printing on printers using the drivers listed below, you can expect the following results:

Driver Font Used for Printing On Windows Font Used for Printing On UNIX
GDI TrueType N.A.
PostScript Any differences between displayed and printed text depend on how your System Administrator set up your printer.

Your printer may be set up in one of three ways:

  • the printer has all the required memory and fonts
  • the printer does not have the fonts, but the PostScript file contains fonts
  • or you may have to map your printer to a specific font. For example, to view your printer properties in a Version 5 session, select File > Print, click Properties... and view the printer properties on the Advanced tab.
Discretization is applied to Drafting texts.

For 2D texts (for example, in the specification tree), if the P2 setting is active, printing the text produces a bitmap, whereas in all other cases, texts are printed using the font referenced in the following resource file:


By default, the font is Helvetica.

For DBCS languages, discretization is applied to 2D texts.


CGM HP-GL2, HP-RTL CalComp C907 Oce Graphics GPR50 Versatec: VCGL and VGS 2.0 VRF N.A. Discretization is applied to texts.