Printing varying layout sizes to PDF

When printing multiple pages with varying sizes (e. g. a4 and a3) rhino produces either cropped pages or pages with a white border.

Is there a script or workaround for producing the exact/varying page sizes to one pdf at once?


Any idea on this one?

I think there is a wish list item for dealing with multiple page sizes when printing a range. Currently, each sheet size has to be printed separately.

Thanks. As we are having files with 20-30 pages (varying sizes) this is beeing eagerly awaited.

Hi - as John said, we have this on our list - a few times actually. I added your vote for this feature request to RH-30155.

Hi all, any update about this?
It is an important feature for me as well.
Please add my vote!


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Hi Luca -

It appears there was an update for this issue…
If you use the SaveAs command to create the PDF, differently-sized layouts will export fine.


you are right, this is a good news!
The output is nice but single page preview is missing.
Can this be added, just like in print preview?

@luca just select the layout in the Multiple Layouts list that you want to see and the preview on the right will update.


thanks @Trav , checked this out already but is not behaving as I would expect.
The preview shows only one page instead of the whole range as in print preview.

I noticed some inconsistency as well in preview between raster and vector output.
Vector output preview does not show vector geometry which are actually exported to PDF

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Just highlight any one you wish to see in order for the preview to update.

if you can send me a file to test with I can have a look at the vector issue.

Having tabs on the Preview window would be nice and a little more literal. The tabs could have the checkboxes. Perhaps double-clicking could take you to a thumbnail view of all the Layouts in the preview window, again with each having a checkbox? Then drag them to set the print order for a multi-page PDF.

@MattE We’ve had to introduce the new Layouts window in Rhino 7 because the viewport tabs weren’t working when people were generating 100’s of tabs.

I’m still a leper using V5 but am upgrading to V7 tomorrow :smiling_face_with_three_hearts:, so I’ll take a look.

Could you not have a thumbnail option though, with a scroll bar? For those very people that have caused you problems with tabs, remembering what each drawing looks like just from a list of names isn’t going to come easy.

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We are definitely still playing with how the UI should flow over time and definitely want to improve it. whether that comes in the form of tabs / sliders / lists / etc. is still very fluid. One big challenge in terms of the thumbs is the time it takes to generate them when there are a lot. The new layout panel faced a lot of these challenges in its development.

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Hi @Trav please find attached a sample file and a link to a video showing issue I am experiencing saving a file as pdf. Output file is correct but preview is not.
Raster-Vector Layout Test.3dm (353.8 KB)
Raster-Vector Layout Test.pdf (125.9 KB)
Video here
Rhino Version 7
(7.4.21061.15001, 2021-03-02)
Please note, in order to fully replicate my workflow, that I have SafeLayout Plugin running, in order to simplify Layers management.

Thanks @luca4

I took a quick look at this and noticed the text is drawing in the preview but its drawing a white color on top of a white background. I’ve logged the issue for further inspection. Thanks!


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Thank you!

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