Resets the PS/PDF device coordinates back to their default values.
load "$NCARG_ROOT/lib/ncarg/nclscripts/csm/gsn_code.ncl" procedure reset_device_coordinates ( wks  : graphic )
When you set the special resource gsnMaximize to True, this maximizes the size of the plot(s) in the current frame. For PostScript or PDF output, the maximization is done by internally computing something called device coordinates, which tells PS/PDF how the output is supposed to appear on the page. These device coordinates need to be recalculated for every new frame, otherwise the output may not fit on the page correctly.
If you maximize some plots on a frame, and then draw a plot on a new frame without maximizing it, the device coordinates used for the second frame will be left over from the first frame, and thus the plot on the second frame may not fit the page correctly (it could be too big or too small).
If this appears to be happening in your case, trying calling this procedure after the frame is advanced for the first plot, but before any drawing takes place for the second plot. This will reset the device coordinates back to their original NCL defaults, and any subsequent plots should fit on your PS/PDF page without being clipped.
Note: these device coordinates are not to be confused with normalized device coordinates.
Run the script below, with and without the reset_device_coordinates line commented out, and see how it affects the second frame.
load "$NCARG_ROOT/lib/ncarg/nclscripts/csm/gsn_code.ncl" load "$NCARG_ROOT/lib/ncarg/nclscripts/csm/gsn_csm.ncl" begin mfile = addfile("$NCARG_ROOT/lib/ncarg/data/cdf/meccatemp.cdf","r") t = mfile->t wks = gsn_open_wks("ps", "reset") contour = new(3,graphic) cnres = True cnres@gsnDraw = False cnres@gsnFrame = False cnres@gsnAddCyclic = False cnres@cnFillOn = True cnres@lbOrientation = "Vertical" contour(0) = gsn_csm_contour_map_ce(wks,t(0,:,:),cnres) contour(1) = gsn_csm_contour_map_ce(wks,t(1,:,:),cnres) contour(2) = gsn_csm_contour_map_ce(wks,t(2,:,:),cnres) pnlres = True pnlres@gsnMaximize = True pnlres@gsnFrame = False pnlres@gsnPanelBottom = 0.08 gsn_panel(wks,contour,(/3,1/),pnlres) txres = True txres@txFontHeightF = 0.02 gsn_text_ndc(wks,"This is a string at the bottom",0.5,0.05,txres) frame(wks) ; ; Since our next command is to just draw the plot without maximizing ; it (the "draw" function does not know how to maximize a ; plot in the frame), this means that whatever device coordinates ; we have at this point will remain in effect. ; ; Thus, you need to call reset_device_coordinates to reset the device ; coordinates to their default values that were in place before ; any plots were drawn. ; ; Try commenting the reset_device_coordinates line to see how it ; affects the plot. ; reset_device_coordinates(wks) draw(contour(0)) frame(wks) end