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Large Format Printing (Cplot1)

PrinterLarge format poster printing is available through the Cplot1 large-format printer on a fee-for-service (recharge) basis. Posters must be for UC San Diego academic instruction and/or student research.

Cplot is a self-service printing option. The ACMS Help Desk is unable to provide additional support.

Print jobs may take up to or more than 48 hours. Do not use this as a last-minute option. If you are on a tight deadline, we recommend using a commercial printing company such as Imprints or FedEx Office.

How to Print

Directions are available for Windows and Mac computers. Computers in ACMS-managed computer labs are preloaded with the necessary drivers, PPD files, and login utilities to assist students in connecting to the print job spooling system.

Cost

Cplot fees recover the cost of materials only. Your cost is dependent on media and ink usage.

Pickup

ACMS Help Desk

Applied Physics & Mathematics (AP&M) Room 1313

Monday-Friday: 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Saturday & Sunday: Pickups available by appointment

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

Software setup and preparation questions: Email Instructional User Services or call (858) 534-2448. Set up an appointment for troubleshooting.

Check jobs: Cplot Print Queue Check

Students:


Recharge/Staff/Faculty:

Recharge account users need an ACMS printing account. You will need to provide an index number to set one up. Allow up to 24 hours for account setup.

Cost

Ink

There is an ink usage charge for each of the four colors: cyan, megenta, yellow, and black. The cost for full-coverage is $0.75 per sq. ft. per color.

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.

Paper

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 check the cost and preview my jobs?

Use the no-print queue (cplot1_np) to get an accurate estimate and see a preview of your poster. The pricing structure is based on ink and paper selected.

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

Note

The preview is emailed to the account used to submit the print job. For department users, this is the primary owner of the recharge account you established to use cplot1, which is most likely not your personal UC San Diego email address. If this is the case, you can check our online 36" No Print Queue or 42" No Print Queue. Jobs are listed in the following format:

job-username-job#-timesubmitted

Protective Mailing Tubes

Cardboard mailing tubes are available at pickup for $4.00 per tube. Please feel free to bring your own tube if you have one!

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 Reader, then go to File→Print

    Where's Adobe Reader?

    If you do not have Adobe Reader installed on your computer, you can download it for free. ACMS lab computers have Adobe Acrobat Pro already installed.
  4. Select the printer HP DesignJet T1100ps (print.ucsd.edu)
  5. Select "Properties"→"Advanced"
      Paper Size: PostScript Custom Page Size. The width must be 36" or 42".
      TrueType font: Download as Softfont.

    Note

    If you have installed the Designjet T1100ps remote printer on a personal device, it may take a while (up to 10 minutes) for the Properties dialog to appear.
      Press "OK" to return to the first print dialog.
  6. Size: Actual Size
    Orientation: Auto portrait/landscape.
  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"→"Advanced"
      Paper Size: PostScript Custom Page Size. The width must be 36" or 42".
      TrueType font: 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.
      Press "OK".
  6. Features: Actual Size. Press "OK" to return to the first print dialog
  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

Note

Due to a constraint within PowerPoint, posters may not exceed 56 inches. To print a poster longer than 56", 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 Reader, then go to File→Print

    Where's Adobe Reader?

    If you do not have Adobe Reader installed on your computer, you can download it for free. ACMS lab computers have Adobe Acrobat Pro already installed.
  4. Select the printer HP DesignJet T1100ps (Remote Printer)
  5. Click "Page Setup..." on the bottom left
      Format for: HP DesignJet T1100ps (Remote Printer)
      Paper Size: Manage Custom Sizes
  6. Select the + to create a new custom profile
      Set "Paper Size" to your poster dimensions. The width must be 36in or 42in.
      Press "OK" then "OK" to return to the first print dialog
  7. Size: Actual Size
    Orientation: Auto portrait/landscape.
  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. Select the printer HP DesignJet T1100ps (Remote Printer)
  5. Click "Page Setup..." on the bottom left
      Size: Custom
  6. Enter the dimensions of your poster
    The width must be 36" or 42" and the length may not exceed 56"
  7. Select the correct orientation for your poster
  8. Click "Options..."
      Format for: HP DesignJet T1100ps (Remote Printer)
      Paper Size: Manage Custom Sizes
  9. Select the + to create a new custom profile
      Set "Paper Size" to your poster dimensions
      Press "OK" then "OK" to return to the first print dialog
  10. Print and check the preview in the email sent to your email address or check print queues here for cplot1_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 56", 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, 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 lists your print jobs, provides information about how many other jobs will print before yours, and 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.