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  • Large Format Plotter (Cplot1)

    Cplot is a large-format, Inkjet, 2400 x 1200 max dpi color printer which is available to support UCSD Academic Instruction and Student Research on a fee-for-service (recharge) basis. Cplot is unlike any other printer that ACMS offers. Even if you are already familiar with fee-for-service printing on ACMS laser printers, please read the instructions carefully including the level of support offered, costs, media options, procedures for submitting jobs to the printer and hints for better output.

    Cplot is a Self-Service printing option

    Printer To keep prices minimal, technical support is limited to the instructions provided on this website. You are responsible for ensuring that you understand how to utilize the printer and how to execute your print job properly. The Help Desk is unable to provide additional support. Print jobs may take up to or more than 48 hours depending on the number of posters in queue and technician availability.

    Do not use this as a last-minute option. If you are on a tight deadline or having trouble configuring your computer or poster correctly and cannot print, we recommend seeking services from a commercial printing company such as Imprints or FedEx Office who have staff available to help process jobs and troubleshoot document formatting errors.

    Pickup:

    ACMS Help Desk
    Applied Physics & Mathematics (AP&M) Room 1313

    Monday-Friday: 8:00am to 4:30pm
    Saturday & Sunday: Pickups available by appointment. To set up an appointment:

    • Between 8:00am-4:00pm: Call (858) 534-3261
    • Between 4:00pm-7:00pm: Call (858) 534-2267

    Cplot submittal and pickup arrangements ONLY: Call (858) 534-3261

    Software setup and preparation questions: Send an email Instructional User Services or call them at (858) 534-2448. Set up an appointment for the following:

    1. Troubleshooting: Have you followed the instructions and ran into an unexpected problem?
    2. Academic classes: Would like your class to learn how to use the Cplot printers to print to the non-print queue?
    3. Research: Would you or someone from your lab like to learn how to print to the non-print queue? 

    Check jobs: Cplot Print Queue Check

    Service Expectations

    Cplot printing is an auxiliary service of ACMS. The Cplot fees are minimal, as are the levels of technical support and staffing to process jobs. Cplot fees recover the cost of materials only.

    To keep Cplot fees to a minimum, technical support is limited to the written instructions provided on this webpage. Likewise, the speed of job turnaround is not guaranteed. Computer room operators run Cplot jobs when time is available. Occasionally other duties take operators away from the computer room, preventing quick turn-around on Cplot jobs.

    Due to the limited technical support and uncertainties of job turnaround time we do not recommend using the Cplot printer if you have a tight deadline, particularly if this is the first time you will be using the printer. Better options include Imprints (on campus) or a commercial printing company or copy store (e.g. FedEx Office) that have staff standing by to process jobs and assist you in troubleshooting document setup errors.

    For UCSD students working in ACMS computer labs, the computers are preloaded with the necessary printer driver and PPD files and there are login utilities that assist students in making the network connections to the ACMS print job spooling system.  UCSD affiliates working from other on campus locations will need to load driver files, establish printing network connections and make proper page set-up settings. It is not uncommon for it to take a few days to become familiar with all the logistical details necessary to print large jobs, properly scaled and properly positioned on the Cplot printer.

    How to pay

    Students:


    Recharge/Staff/Faculty:

    Recharge account users will need to email recharge@sdacs.ucsd.edu to establish an ACMS printing account ( click here for more information). You will need to provide an index number. Allow up to 24 hours to set up the account. Please take this turn-around time into consideration if you also need to establish a new account.

    Media Options

    There are several types of media available for cplot1 output:

    Media type Queue name Paper/media cost
    per linear foot
    36" wide (non-printing queue) cplot1_np n/a
    42" wide (non-printing queue) cplot1_np42 n/a
    Draft Inkjet paper (36" wide) cplot1
    $0.50
    Heavyweight Coated paper (42" wide) cplot1_co42 $1.00
    Heavyweight Coated paper (36" wide) cplot1_co36 $1.00
    High Gloss Photo paper (42" wide) cplot1_hg42 $3.00
    High Gloss Photo paper (36" wide) cplot1_hg36 $3.00
    Semi Gloss Photo paper(42" wide) cplot1_sg42 $3.00
    Semi Gloss Photo paper(36" wide) cplot1_sg36 $3.00

    How do I determine cost and preview my jobs?

    Cplot uses a unique pricing structure based on ink and paper used. Please use the no-print queue (cplot1_np) to get an accurate estimate and see a preview of your poster.

    The printer requires a 1/2" margin around your print area so you need to allow for this before sending your job to the "no-print" queue.

    Note

    The preview is e-mailed to the account used to submit the print job. For departmental users, this is to the primary owner of the recharge account you established to use cplot1, which most likely is not your personal UCSD e-mail address. In this case, you can check our online 36" No Print Queue or 42" No Print Queue. Be sure you know your username; jobs are listed in the following format:

    job- username-job#-timesubmitted

    Ink Cost

    There is an ink usage charge for each of the four ink colors: cyan, megenta, yellow, and black (CMYK). The cost for full-coverage is $0.75 per sq. ft. per color C/M/Y/K.

    Secondary colors (such as green) use more than one ink color and cost more. When Gloss Photo paper is used the printer mixes black from C/M/Y inks instead of using its black ink cartridge. The accounting script adjusts ink charges accordingly.

    Paper Cost

    The charge for paper is by the linear foot depending on the chosen media. See Media Options for more details.

    (Be aware that this pricing is subject to change without prior notice.  The email from the non-printing preview queue will always contain an accurate price.)

    Protective Mailing Tubes

    When you pick up your job, you may purchase a cardboard mailing tube for your output. The price is $4.00 per tube, which will be added to the cost of your job. If you already have a tube, please bring it in and re-use it!

    Cplot1- PPD supported page sizes

    The PPD file for cplot1 supports many different document page sizes. See the list of supported page sizes.

    Printing a PDF file from a Windows 7/8 Machine

    Alert

    If you are printing remotely and have not done so already, install the Windows driver.
    1. Log into the Remote Printing Authorization page with the username and password of the account you would like to charge.
    2. Select either cplot1_np (for posters with 36" width) or cplot1_np42 (for posters with 42" width). The np queues stand for "no print" and will send a preview to the linked email address.
    3. Open the document with Adobe Acrobat Pro, then go to File→Print
    4. Select the printer HP DesignJet T1100ps (print.ucsd.edu)
    5. Select "Properties" and go to the "Advanced" tab. Under Paper/Output: Paper Size, select PostScript Custom Page Size. The width must be 36in or 42in. Then, under "Graphic" set "TrueType font" to Download as Softfont.

      Note

      If you have installed the Designjet T1100ps remote printer on a personal device, it may take a while for the Properties dialog to appear. We have seen that it may take up to 10 minutes on personal machines.
    6. Press "OK" to return to the first print dialog. Under "Paper Sizing & Handling: Size" make sure it is set to Actual Size. Under orientation, make sure it is set to Auto portrait/landscape. Verify that the entire poster is being printed in the preview.
    7. Print and check the preview in the email sent to your email address or check print queues for cplot1_np and cplot1_np42.
    8. If the preview does not look correct, adjust the settings until the preview looks correct. Once it looks correct, change the cplot printer on the Remote Authorization page to print on the media type you prefer.
    9. Use Cplot Print Queue Check to check the status of your poster

    Printing a PPT file from a Windows 7/8 Machine

    Alert

    If you are printing remotely and have not done so already, install the Windows driver.
    1. Log into the Remote Printing Authorization page with the username and password of the account you would like to charge.
    2. Select either cplot1_np (for posters with 36" width) or cplot1_np42 (for posters with 42" width). The np queues stand for "no print" and will send a preview to the linked email address.
    3. Open the document with Microsoft PowerPoint, then go to File→Print
    4. Select the printer HP DesignJet T1100ps (print.ucsd.edu)
    5. Select "Properties" and go to the "Advanced" tab. Under Paper/Output: Paper Size, select PostScript Custom Page Size. The width must be 36in or 42in and the length may not exceed 56in. Then, under "Graphic" set "TrueType font" to Download as Softfont.

      Note

      If you have installed the Designjet T1100ps remote printer on a personal device, it may take a while for the Properties dialog to appear. We have seen that it may take up to 10 minutes on personal machines.
    6. Press OK, then select the "Features" tab. Make sure it is set to Actual Size.
    7. Press OK to return to the first print dialog. Print and check the preview in the email sent to your email address or check print queues for cplot1_np and cplot1_np42.
    8. If the preview does not look correct, adjust the settings until the preview looks correct. Once it looks correct, change the cplot printer on the Remote Authorization page to print on the media type you prefer.
    9. Use Cplot Print Queue Check to check the status of your poster

    Note

    Due to a constraint within PowerPoint, posters may not exceed 56 inches. To print a poster longer than 56in, you will need to convert the document to PDF or resize your poster. The no print preview will not reflect this constraint.

    Printing a PDF file from an OS X Machine

    Alert

    If you are printing remotely and have not done so already, install the Macintosh driver.
    1. Log into the Remote Printing Authorization page with the username and password of the account you would like to charge.
    2. Select either cplot1_np (for posters with 36" width) or cplot1_np42 (for posters with 42" width). The np queues stand for "no print" and will send a preview to the linked email address.
    3. Right-click the document, and go to Open WithAdobe Acrobat Pro, then go to File→Print
    4. Select the printer HP DesignJet T1100ps (Remote Printer)
    5. Select "Page Setup..." and select "Paper Size". In the drop down menu, select Manage Custom Sizes.
    6. Select the + to create a new custom profile and set "Paper Size" to your poster dimensions. The width must be 36in or 42in.
    7. Press "OK" then "OK" to return to the first print dialog. Under "Paper Sizing & Handling: Size" make sure it is set to Actual Size. Under orientation, make sure it is set to Auto portrait/landscape. Verify that the entire poster is being printed in the preview.
    8. Print and check the preview in the email sent to your email address or check print queues for cplot1_np and cplot1_np42.
    9. If the preview does not look correct, adjust the settings until the preview looks correct. Once it looks correct, change the cplot printer on the Remote Authorization page to print on the media type you prefer.
    10. Use Cplot Print Queue Check to check the status of your poster

    Printing a PPT file from an OS X Machine

    Alert

    If you are printing remotely and have not done so already, install the Macintosh driver.
    1. Log into the Remote Printing Authorization page with the username and password of the account you would like to charge.
    2. Select either cplot1_np (for posters with 36" width) or cplot1_np42 (for posters with 42" width). The np queues stand for "no print" and will send a preview to the linked email address.
    3. Open the PowerPoint file with Microsoft PowerPoint, then go to File→Print
    4. On the bottom left, there is a dropdown menu where "PDF" is selected—click the list and select Save as PDF...
    5. Right-click to the new document, and go to Open WithAdobe Acrobat Pro, then select File→Print
    6. Select the printer HP DesignJet T1100ps (Remote Printer)
    7. Select "Page Setup..." and select "Paper Size". In the drop down menu, select Manage Custom Sizes.
    8. Select the + to create a new custom profile and set "Paper Size" to your poster dimensions. The width must be 36in or 42in and the length may not exceed 56in.
    9. Press "OK" then "OK" to return to the first print dialog. Under "Paper Sizing & Handling: Size" make sure it is set to Actual Size. Under orientation, make sure it is set to Auto portrait/landscape. Verify that the entire poster is being printed in the preview.
    10. Print and check the preview in the email sent to your email address or check print queues here forcplot1_np and here for cplot1_np42.
    11. If the preview does not look correct, adjust the settings until the preview looks correct. Once it looks correct, change the cplot printer on the Remote Authorization page to print on the media type you prefer.
    12. Use Cplot Print Queue Check to check the status of your poster

    Note

    Due to a constraint within PowerPoint, posters may not exceed 56 inches. To print a poster longer than 56in, you will need to convert the document to PDF or resize your poster. The no print preview will not reflect this constraint.

    Install HP Designjet T1100ps driver for Windows 7/8

    1. Click the Windows Icon and open Control Panel, then navigate to Hardware and Sound
    2. Under "Devices and Printers" select Add a printer
    3. Select Add a local printer

      Windows 8

      If you are on a Windows 8 machine, select "My printer is not listed, then —"
    4. Select Create a new port, then select Standard TCP/IP Port
    5. Under Hostname or IP address and Port name, enter print.ucsd.edu

      Note

      If the port name auto-fills to print.ucsd.edu_1 and will not let you change it, you may have already installed the port. In this case, you will need to cancel and start over, but select "Use an existing port" and find print.ucsd.edu.
    6. When prompted for Additional port information, select "Custom", then click "Settings..." and enter the following:
      Port name: print.ucsd.edu
      Printer Name or IP Address: print.ucsd.edu
      Protocol: LPR
      Queue Name: relay
    7. Select HP under the Manufacturer, and find HP Designjet T1100ps 44in PS3. If this printer is not listed, click "Windows Update" and wait for the printer list to update. If Windows Update fails, you can download the driver here .
    8. You may name the printer whatever you like. We named our printer Cplot so that we knew to select this printer when printing posters.
    9. Wait for the driver installation to complete. When asked, do not set as the default printer and do not print a test page.

      Note

      If you used the existing print.ucsd.edu port earlier in step 5, you may have to reconfigure the settings. To do so, right click on the printer you just installed and select Printer Properties, then navigate to the Ports tab. Select print.ucsd.edu and then Configure Port... Make sure it has the settings outlined in step 6 for the Protocol and Queue Name

    Install HP Designjet T1100ps driver for Mac OS X

    1. Go to the HP Designjet T1100ps driver download site and select your operating system
    2. Download the driver on the page.
    3. Open the .dmg file and run the installer
    4. Note

      If you are unable to open the file and are on Mountain Lion or above (OS X 10.8+), you may need to change your Gatekeeper settings. To do so, open System Preferences, select "Security and Privacy" and set Allow applications downloaded from: to anywhere
    5. Once the installer has completed, open up System Preferences and select Print & Scan
    6. Click the + icon to add a printer
    7. Go to the IP tab and enter the following information:
      Address: print.ucsd.edu
      Protocol: Line Printer Daemon - LPD
      Queue: relay
      Name: (Anything—this is the name that will show up in your printer list)
      Location: (Anything)
      Use: Select printer software: HP Designjet T1100ps 44in
    8. Press OK to complete the setup!


    Need more help? Send an email to acms-consult@ucsd.edu to set up an appointment.

    Check or remove jobs from print queue

    Print Queue Management Utility shows list of your print jobs, along with information about how many other jobs will print before yours and also have the option that allows you to delete your jobs from the queue.

    Cplot Print Queue Check shows your print jobs in the queue, job completion status, print job start/end time and a thumbnail of your poster.

    Hints on getting best results


    Did you check?

    • It is set to print to a PostScript Custom Page Size, not Letter
    • Actual Size is selected, not shrink to fit
    • Poster has been sent to the no print queue for a preview before it has been submitted to the actual printer

    If you would like additional help, feel free to send an email to acms-consult@ucsd.edu to set up an appointment.