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System Snapshot

Insert snapshot of the current system into report


This component inserts a snapshot (screen capture) of the current system into a report. A System Snapshot must be a child or descendant of a System Loop component.

For HTML and Direct PDF (from template) output, the blocks and subsystems in the resulting image can link to associated report information. For example, a block in the report can link to a block property table. A subsystem can link to the subsystem block diagram or to the block properties.


For PDF reports in which you want to include hyperlinks in system snapshots, use Direct PDF (from template) file format. If you use Acrobat (PDF) format, snapshots do not include hyperlinks.

To enable this linking, select the Create link anchor for each object in loop check box on the appropriate loop component:

  • For blocks and masked subsystems in this system, select the check box on the Block Loop component that reports on the system’s blocks.

  • To provide links to the sections that report on the unmasked subsystems of this system, select the check box on the System Loop component.

For Direct PDF (from template) output, you also need to set the output format to Automatic SL format or Scalable Vector Graphics.

Snapshot Options

  • Format: Specifies the image file format. Select Automatic SL Format (the default) to choose the format best suited for the specified report output format automatically. Otherwise, choose an image format that your output viewer can read.

    • Automatic SL Format — Select this option. or Scalable Vector Graphics, with Direct PDF (from template) report output format if you are linking the snapshot to related report content.

    • Bitmap

    • JPEG high quality image

    • JPEG low quality image

    • JPEG medium quality image

    • PNG 24–bit image

    • Scalable Vector Graphics

  • Orientation:

    • Largest dimension vertical: Positions the image so that its largest dimension is vertical.

    • Landscape

    • Portrait

    • Use system orientation: Uses the paper orientation setting for the system. Use the Simulink® PaperOrientation parameter to specify the orientation.

    • Full page image (PDF only): In PDF reports, scales images to fit the full page, minimizes page margins, and maximizes the size of the image by using either a portrait or landscape orientation.

  • Scaling: Controls the size of the image in the image file.

    • Automatic (default): Automatically scales the image to output dimensions.

    • Custom: Specifies image size.

    • Zoom: Enlarges or reduces the image size to the percent that you specify. Use Max Size to specify the maximum size other than the default for the image.


      Selecting Use printframe paper settings deactivates the Custom and Zoom options and automatically scales the image to the print frame size.

Properties Options

  • Include callouts to describe visible objects: Displays descriptive callouts for visible objects

  • Use printframe: Prints a frame around the image. You can use the default frame, rptdefaultframe.fig, or use the Frame Editor to build a custom frame. For more information, see the frameedit function in Simulink documentation.

    The default frame is five inches wide and four inches high. It includes the name of the system and the model folder. This frame is optimized for use with a portrait paper orientation. The Flight Control Model in the f14 Simulink model appears here with the default Simulink Report Generator™ frame option.

Display Options

To access the display options, click the Advanced button.

  • Scaling: Controls size of the image, as displayed in a browser. Making an image larger using this option does not affect the storage size of the image, but the quality of the displayed image may decrease as you increase or decrease the size of the displayed image.

    Generally, to achieve the best and most predictable display results, use the default setting of Use image size.

    • Use image size: Causes the image to appear the same size in the report as on screen (default).

    • Fixed size: Specifies the number and type of units.

    • Zoom: Specifies the percentage, maximum size, and units of measure.

  • Size: Specifies the size of the snapshot in a browser, using the format w h (width, height). This field is active only if you choose Fixed size in the Scaling selection list.

  • Max size: Specifies the maximum size of the snapshot in a browser, using the format w h (width, height). This field is active only if you choose Zoom in the Scaling selection list.

  • Units: Specifies the units for the size of the snapshot in a browser. This field is active only if you choose Fixed size in the Image size list box.

  • Alignment: Only reports in PDF or RTF format support this property.

    • Auto

    • Right

    • Left

    • Center

  • Image title:

    • None (Default)

    • System name: Uses the system name as the image name.

    • Full system name: Uses the system name, with path information, as the image name.

    • Custom: Specifies a custom title.

  • Caption:

    • None (Default)

    • Description (use system description)

    • Custom: Specifies a custom caption.

Insert Anything into Report?

Yes. Image.