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60" Plotter

This plotter is an HP DesignJet Z6800ps model and is located in the Magellan Design Studio. This plotter allows for plots up to 60 inches wide.

How do I connect to the plotters?

General Notes

  • If the image is turned 90 degrees on the canvas in the print preview, you have to switch the height and width values to correct the problem. All other settings should stay the same.
  • If you experience problems with any of the programs listed below, consider converting your file to a universal format like a PDF document or JPEG image file to plot. See our instructions to convert a file to JPEG.

Plotting with Adobe Acrobat Pro

  1. Choose File > Properties. In the Description tab, note the Page Size.
  2. Choose File > Print. In the printer name drop-down box, select the name of the plotter (see above).
  3. Select Properties.
  4. Choose the Paper/Quality tab, then select Custom.
  5. Input the desired Width and Height. Then, in the Name field, rename the default from "Custom" to "Print". Press Save, then OK.
    NOTE: If your image will be 60" or less, set the Width value as the longer edge of your image. Otherwise, set the Height as the longer dimension.
  6. Under Print Quality, slide the slider all the way to the right.
  7. Select the Layout/Output tab. Select "% of actual size" and set to 100%.
  8. Under Rotation, select Autorotate from the drop down menu and press OK.
  9. Select OK.
  10. View the preview to confirm the look of your poster.
  11. Double-check that \\labprinters\big_plotter is in the Printer box.
  12. Press Print.

Plotting with Adobe Reader

  1. Choose Image > Image Size, and change the image size as desired (in inches).
  2. Choose File > Print. In the printer name drop down box, select the name of the plotter (see above).
  3. Select Properties.
  4. Choose the Paper/Quality tab, then select Custom.
  5. Input the desired Width and Height. Then, in the Name field, rename the default from "Custom" to "Print". Press Save, then OK.
    NOTE: If your image will be 60" or less, set the Width value as the longer edge of your image. Otherwise, set the Height as the longer dimension.
  6. Under Print Quality, slide the slider all the way to the right.
  7. Select the Layout/Output tab. Select "% of actual size" and set to 100%.
  8. Under Rotation, select Autorotate from the drop down menu and press OK.
  9. Select OK.
  10. Double-check that \\labprinters\big_plotter is in the Printer box.
  11. Press Print.

Plotting with MS PowerPoint 2010

  1. Select File > Print (or press Ctrl+p).
  2. Select \\labprinters\magellan_plotter_60 from the drop down menu under the printer heading.
  3. Select Printer Properties.
  4. Choose the Paper/Quality tab, then select Custom.
  5. Input the desired Width and Height. Then, in the Name field, rename the default from "Custom" to "Print". Press Save, then OK.
    NOTE: If your image will be 60" or less, set the Width value as the longer edge of your image. Otherwise, set the Height as the longer dimension.
  6. Under Print Quality, slide the slider all the way to the right.
  7. Select the Layout/Output tab. Select "% of actual size" and set to 100%
  8. Under Rotation, select Autorotate from the drop down menu and press OK.
  9. Select OK.
  10. Check the preview in PowerPoint to make sure it is correctly sized and the alignment looks satisfactory.
  11. Select the big print button to complete the job and send it to the plotter.

Plotting with AutoCAD 2012

  1. Select the in the top left corner of AutoCAD 2010. Select Print > Page Setup.
  2. Select New.... Type in a convenient name (e.g. JohnDoe1) in the New Page Setup Name Box. Click OK.
  3. From the Printer/plotter drop box, select \\labprinters\magellan_plotter_60. Select Properties.
  4. Choose the Paper/Quality tab, then select Custom.
  5. Input the desired Width and Height. Then, in the Name field, rename the default from "Custom" to "Print". Press Save, then OK.
    NOTE: If your image will be 60" or less, set the Width value as the longer edge of your image. Otherwise, set the Height as the longer dimension.
  6. Under Print Quality, slide the slider all the way to the right.
  7. Select the Layout/Output tab. Select "% of actual size" and set to 100%
  8. Under Rotation, select Autorotate from the drop down menu and press OK.
  9. Select OK.
  10. Click Close on the "Page Setup Manager" box.
  11. Select the in the top left corner of AutoCAD 2010. Select Print > Plot...
  12. On top under Page Setup, select the profile you just made (e.g. JohnDoe1). Under Printer/plotter in the name box, the configuration file name will be there (e.g. Little_plotter.pc3).
  13. Under "Paper Size", select PostScript Custom Page Size at the top of the list.
  14. Under "What to Plot", choose the desired selection.
  15. Select the Preview button in the bottom left. If the preview looks good, select the Plot icon just under the "A" in the top left.

 
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This document last modified Friday February 19, 2016


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