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  • Printing Pictometry Aerial Photos


    Unfortunately, the Pictometry Viewer has no built-in printing capability and there's no way we can add it. Options for printing in order of preference include:

    1. Save the complete photo as a JPG file and print the photo or a portion of the photo file from any photo or graphics program. (Best results)
    2. Capture the photo image from the screen for printing or to make a photo file. (More steps. Can also give good results, especially at 100% zoom.)
    3. Print with Internet Explorer's built-in printing. (Easy, but stretches or squeezes the photo. Not recommended.)

    The image quality of your print depends in part on how much of the photo area you use. That is, how big the pixel area is that you select from the photo. You may want to try all four photo directions as the area you print will likely appear as somewhat different sizes in the four views. That is, the four pictures are taken a somewhat different distances from any particular area and the one with the closest view will have the most pixels of the property.

    Due to the perspective nature of Pictometry oblique photos, it's not possible to seamlessly join individual photos to make an image of a larger area. This is because the scale and size varies from near to far across each photo. For example, see two adjacent photos and what happens attempting to merge and align them on a large parking garage near the right edge. You can easily see that the building sizes are different and that the streets don't line up.

    (There is one exception for joining Pictometry oblique photos. Using Esri's ArcMap software with the Pictometry for ArcGIS Desktop extension and access to the photo library, individual oblique Pictometry photos can imported into the ArcMap Data view. Each individual photo is stretched to a consistent scale across the photo, making it possible to see multiple photos aligned on the map. While this "flattens" out the perspective view, the oblique nature of the photos is retained.)

    Printing Option Details

    1. Printing From a Saved JPG File

    • Save the complete photo as a JPG file using the Download Photo as JPG button Download Photo as JPG button.


    • Using Microsoft Paint (Click Start, Programs, Accessories, Paint) or any photo or graphics program of your choice to open and print the saved photo file. You may want to clip or trim the photo to just your area of interest before printing.

    2. Capturing the Photo Image From the Screen

    Capturing the photo image from the screen and printing from Microsoft Paint or other application is a better choice than using Internet Explorer's built-in printing because the printed photo won't have distortion caused by Internet Explorer's built-in printing.

    Before capturing the screen image, it's a good idea to use the Zoom 100% button button to display the photo pixels exactly as they are in the photo file on the server. This eliminates blurring or other artifacts caused by other zoom percentages. By capturing the photo image from the screen, you can also save the captured image to a JPG file in a photo or graphics program.

    You can use Alt-PrintScreen to put an image of the entire window on the clipboard in prepration for printing. You could also use a program such as SnagIt that provides many more capture options, including capturing just the image area itself, and printing from SnagIt. Using SnagIt can reduce the number of steps and streamline capturing, printing and saving the image.

    Since capturing from the screen doesn't download the original photo file, you'll only get as much detail as you can see or fit on the screen. You may find many of the techniques from Optimizing Orthophotos, Imagery and Map Details used with MapGuide will be helpful to capture as much detail as possible from the screen.

    If you use Alt-PrintScreen to capture the screen window to the clipboard, you can use the Windows Paint accessory or many other programs to clip out, print and save the window image you captured from the screen to the clipboard. To print just the photo portion of the captured image with Windows Paint:

    1. Click Start, Programs, Accessories, Paint to start the Paint program.
    2. Choose Edit, Paste to paste the window image into Paint.
    3. Pick the rectangle select tool and drag a box across the image or a portion of the image.
    4. Choose Edit, Cut to place the selected image on the clipboard.
    5. Choose File, New to start a new file in Paint. Respond "No" to "Save changes to untitled?".
    6. Choose Edit, Paste to paste the selected image into the new file.
    7. Use File, Save as... or File, Print... to save or print the photo image.

    3. Using Internet Explorer's Built-in Printing (Not recommended)

    You can print by simply using Internet Explorer's built-in printing capability but we don't recommend it since it distorts the print. Access Internet Explorer's built-in printing using File, Print... or better yet, File, Print Preview... to see what the printout will look like before you print.

    The problem with using Internet Explorer's built-in printing is that the photo is stretched or squeezed to fit on the page. This can cause severe spatial distortion. You can clearly see this distortion by looking at the circular N, S, E, W direction globe on the photo print or print preview. It should be perfectly round. When the direction globe looks squashed (an ellipsis), it's proof the printed photo is distorted. If you're careful and lucky you can minimize the distortion of the printed photo by resizing the window before printing to approximate the aspect ratio (proportion) of the printed page. The aspect ratio is the ratio of the picture's longer dimension to its shorter dimension, usually width to height. If your photo window is wider than it is tall, setting the printer to landscape orientation should help.

    Internet Explorer prints the Pictometry Photos control frame of buttons in addition to the photo image by default. If you use File, Print Preview to preview the printout, you can change the drop-down list from "As laid out on screen" to "All frames individually". This splits the printout in to three pages: the Pictometry Photos tool frame, the photo itself, and a page of Pictometry license text that's usually hidden. When you pick the Print Preview printer icon, you can use the print dialog to change the Page Range to print just the page 2 photo image. You can also use Print Preview Page Setup options to change or remove the header and footer text.

    If you find another printing technique that works well for you or have other tips, let us know. We want your feedback and comments. Please use our Pictometry Feedback Form or contact e-mail address, e-mail address or e-mail address.
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