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What is a Plotter? What is a Plotter?

    A plotter is a large format printer that produces both high quality prints in full color or black and white. IT Services has an HP DesignJet Z3200ps 24-inch wide plotter.

Who may use this service? Who may use this service?

    Any member of the faculty, staff, or student population may use the plotter provided they have a GL account code to use to pay for the print job.   At this point we are not accepting any other form of payment, but we do plan to extend this in the future.

How do I print to the plotter? How do I print to the plotter?

    Faculty, staff and student organizations must submit a print request to the Help Desk via e-mail with the print job attached, "Poster" included in the Subject or Description, and the first and last names of the person(s) to whom the poster belongs.. We do not accept content on thumb drives or web links. Additionally, each request should be accompanied with the GL Account code for the department that individual represents, so that we can charge for the print job.

    Posters must be submitted at least one week before the due date. The latest that submitted posters will be accepted is up to two business days in advance, but no later. Please allow two business days to complete your print job. You will be notified via e-mail when the job is complete. Posters submitted less than two business days before the due date will not be accepted.

    For Faculty and Staff, only the person who submitted the ticket (the ticket owner) will be allowed to pick up the document unless the ticket owner notifies the Help Desk via e-mail with the name of the person who will be retrieving the printout. Students may not delgate others to pickup their poster for them - only the owner(s) of the poster or the overseeing Faculty/Staff member may retrieve the poster.

    Once a poster is printed, that will be the only and final print. Please have your document sized, proofread, finalized, and ready to print before to submitting it to the helpdesk. IT Services does not edit, create or size documents for printing and is not responsible for errors in the original document. You will have to pay for any re-prints as a result of errors in the original document. Reprint requests must be received before the two business days deadline, and the request will be moved to the back of the queue.

How should I format my document for printing to the plotter? How should I format my document for printing to the plotter?

    When setting up the document, set the paper size to ArchD (Architectural  D ).  If that paper size is not available, then you can set the paper size to 7.32” x 11” and it will be enlarged during the printing process*.  You can also set the size of the document to the exact size of the desired printout, such as 24" by 36"**.

    *If you use the 7.32” x 11” setting there may be a decrease in print quality due to the image being re-sized when IT prints the document.

    **There will be a very small amount of clipping around the edge of your document, please do not put text too close to the edge when using this sizing option.
What software do I use to make a poster? What software do I use to make a poster?

    While there are many applications that can be used to make flyers and posters, there are few applications that support creating documents up to the maximum size of the plotter.  For the best results, please use Microsoft Power Point, Microsoft Publisher, Microsoft Visio, Adobe Photoshop, or Adobe Acrobat.

How do I convert a file from Word to PDF? How do I convert a file from Word to PDF?

    Most Microsoft Office products allow you to choose “File” and then “Save as Adobe PDF”. 

How much does a plot cost? How much does a plot cost?

    The cost of the job depends on the ink usage, size of the print, and the paper that is used.  The total cost of the print job will be calculated once the printing has finished.  For estimating purposes a full color print on premium paper costs approximately $1.70 per square foot.

What are the payment options? What are the payment options?

    At this time, the only payment option supported is a University GL account code.

What hours is the plotter available? What hours is the plotter available?

    The plotter is available during the normal Help Desk business hours.  Please see the Helpdesk FAQ.

What is the largest size I can print? What is the largest size I can print?

    The plotter has 24 inch wide roll feed paper.  Therefore your print job can be 24 inches wide.  The length of the plot is limited by the length of the paper on the roll.

Is there more than one type of paper available? Is there more than one type of paper available?

    The following types are available:

  • Plain bond paper – Typical print jobs
  • Premium photo paper – For high-color posters and art work

 


     
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