prints the current figure to a color PostScript printer. And,
print -deps foo.eps
saves the current figure to an encapsulated PostScript file called foo.eps.
Print a plot, or save it to a file.
Both output formatted for printing (PDF and PostScript), and many bitmapped and vector image formats are supported.
filename defines the name of the output file. If the file name has no suffix, one is inferred from the specified device and appended to the file name. If no filename is specified, the output is sent to the printer.
h specifies the handle of the figure to print. If no handle is specified the current figure is used.
For output to a printer, PostScript file, or PDF file,
the paper size is specified by the figure’s
property. The location and size of the image on the page are
specified by the figure’s
paperposition property. The
orientation of the page is specified by the figure’s
The width and height of images are specified by the figure’s
paperpositon(3:4) property values.
Specify the handle, h, of the figure to be printed. The default is the current figure.
Set the printer name to which the plot is sent if no filename is specified.
Specify the command for calling Ghostscript. For Unix and Windows
the defaults are
Color or monochrome output.
Force all lines to be solid or dashed, respectively.
Specify the orientation of the plot for printed output. For
non-printed output the aspect ratio of the output corresponds to
the plot area defined by the
"paperposition" property in the
orientation specified. This option is equivalent to changing
Octave is able to produce output for various printers, bitmaps, and vector formats by using Ghostscript. For bitmap and printer output anti-aliasing is applied using Ghostscript’s TextAlphaBits and GraphicsAlphaBits options. The default number of bits for each is 4. Allowed values for N are 1, 2, or 4.
The available output format is specified by the option device, and is one of:
PostScript (level 1 and 2, mono and color). The FLTK graphics toolkit generates PostScript level 3.0.
Encapsulated PostScript (level 1 and 2, mono and color). The FLTK graphic toolkit generates PostScript level 3.0.
Generate a LaTeX (or TeX) file for labels and eps/ps/pdf
for graphics. The file produced by
epslatexstandalone can be
processed directly by LaTeX. The other formats are intended to
be included in a LaTeX (or TeX) document. The
is the same as the
epslatex device. The
is only available for the FLTK graphics toolkit.
Generate a LaTeX file using PGF/TikZ. For the FLTK toolkit the result is PGF.
Adobe Illustrator (Obsolete for Gnuplot versions > 4.2)
Microsoft Enhanced Metafile
XFig. For the Gnuplot graphics toolkit, the additional options -textspecial or -textnormal can be used to control whether the special flag should be set for the text in the figure. (default is -textnormal)
HP plotter language
Portable network graphics
GIF image (only available for the Gnuplot graphics toolkit)
Scalable vector graphics
Portable document format
If the device is omitted, it is inferred from the file extension, or if there is no filename it is sent to the printer as PostScript.
Additional devices are supported by Ghostscript. Some examples are;
HP LaserJet IIP
HP LaserJet III
HP DeskJet and DeskJet Plus
HP DeskJet 550C
24-bit color PCX file format
Portable Pixel Map file format
Produces pdf output from eps
For a complete list, type
system ("gs -h") to see what formats
and devices are available.
When Ghostscript output is sent to a printer the size is determined
by the figure’s
"papersize" property. When the output
is sent to a file the size is determined by the plot box defined by
Append PostScript or PDF output to a pre-existing file of the same type.
Resolution of bitmaps in pixels per inch. For both metafiles and
SVG the default is the screen resolution; for other formats it is 150 dpi.
To specify screen resolution, use
Force a tight or loose bounding box for eps files. The default is loose.
Add a preview to eps files. Supported formats are:
Provide an interchange preview.
Provide a metafile preview.
Provide pict preview.
Provide a tiff preview.
Plot size in pixels for EMF, GIF, JPEG, PBM, PNG, and SVG. For
PS, EPS, PDF, and other vector formats the plot size is in points.
This option is equivalent to changing the size of the plot box
associated with the
"paperposition" property. When using the
command form of the print function you must quote the
xsize,ysize option. For example, by writing "-S640,480".
Use fontname and/or fontsize for all text. fontname is ignored for some devices: dxf, fig, hpgl, etc.
The filename and options can be given in any order.
Example: Print to a file using the svg device.
figure (1); clf (); surf (peaks); print -dsvg figure1.svg
Example: Print to an HP DeskJet 550C.
clf (); surf (peaks); print -dcdj550
See also: saveas, orient, figure.
Save graphic object h to the file filename in graphic format fmt.
fmt should be one of the following formats:
Enhanced Meta File
Portable Document Format
All device formats specified in
clf (); surf (peaks); saveas (1, "figure1.png");
See also: print, orient.
Query or set the print orientation for figure hfig.
Valid values for orientation are
"landscape" option changes the orientation so the plot width
is larger than the plot height. The
"paperposition" is also
modified so that the plot fills the page, while leaving a 0.25 inch border.
"tall" option sets the orientation to
fills the page with the plot, while leaving a 0.25 inch border.
"portrait" option (default) changes the orientation so the plot
height is larger than the plot width. It also restores the default
When called with no arguments, return the current print orientation.
If the argument hfig is omitted, then operate on the current figure
See also: print, saveas.