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    ACMS has installed a poster printer for use by the SIO community, located in the Old Scripps Building 10. The poster printer is unlike any other printer that ACMS offers--even if you are already familiar with fee-for-service printing on ACMS laser printers, pleased read these insturctions carefully, including the level of support offered, costs, media options, procedures for submitting jobs to the printers, and hints for better output.

    SIO plot is a Self-Service Printing Option

    PrinterTo 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 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.

    This Hewlett-Packard DesignJet T1100ps is capable of printing images 36 inches wide and theoretically up to 150 feet long. The only output media available on the SIO plot is heavy coated paper.

    Note

    For any software setup or preparation questions, send an email to Instructional User Services

    Service Expectations

    SIO plot printing is an auxiliary service of ACMS. The SIO plot fees are minimal, but so too are the levels of technical support and staffing to process jobs. SIO plot fees recover the cost of materials only.

    Due to the limited technical support and uncertainties of job turnaround time we do not recommend using the sioplot 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 troublshooting 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 SIO plot 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 will need to establish a new account.

    Media Options

    Only 36" wide, heavy coated paper is available on the sioplot output

    How do I determine cost and preview my jobs?

    The poster printer has a special pricing structure based on the amount of paper and ink consumed. To assist you in anticipating the cost of poster jobs we provide special "non-printing" queues to which you can submit jobs for cost estimates and previewing. Your job will be scanned, but not printed; we will send you an e-mail estimate of how much your job will cost when you submit the job for actual printing. The sioplot printer requires a 1/2" margin around your print area so you need to allow for this in your job's page setup.

    Note

    The preview is e-mailed to the account you use to submit the print job. For departmental users, this is to the primary owner of the recharge account you established to use sioplot, which most likely is not your personal UCSD e-mail address.

    The email estimate we send will also include a link that you can use to view a thumbnail preview of your job's ouput online. The non-printing queue for siplot is called cplo1_np, and you can view it here. 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 36" wide, heavy coated paper provided for the SIO plotter is $1 per linear foot

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

    Print Preview

    The best way to determine the cost of your job is to submit it first to the preview queue cplot1_np and check the email we send you.

    SIO Plot PPD supported page sizes

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

    Printing a PDF file from a Windows 7 Machine

    Alert

    If you are printing remotely and have not done so already, install the remote printing driver.
    1. Log into the Remote Printing Authorization page with the username and password of the account you would like to charge.
    2. Select cplot1_np. 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.

      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 online at cplot1_np.
    8. If the preview does not look correct, adjust the settings until the preview looks correct. Once it looks correct, change to the sioplot printer on the Remote Authorization page.

    Printing a PPT file from a Windows 7 Machine

    Alert

    If you are printing remotely and have not done so already, install the remote printing driver.
    1. Log into the Remote Printing Authorization page with the username and password of the account you would like to charge.
    2. Select cplot1_np. 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.

      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 online at cplot1_np.
    8. If the preview does not look correct, adjust the settings until the preview looks correct. Once it looks correct, change to the sio plot printer on the Remote Authorization page.

    Printing a PDF file from an OS X Machine

    Alert

    If you are printing remotely and have not done so already, install the remote printing driver.
    1. Log into the Remote Printing Authorization page with the username and password of the account you would like to charge.
    2. Select cplot1_np. 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 With-->Adobe 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.
    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 online at cplot1_np.
    9. If the preview does not look correct, adjust the settings until the preview looks correct. Once it looks correct, change to the sioplot printer on the Remote Authorization page.

    Printing a PPT file from an OS X machine

    Alert

    If you are printing remotely and have not done so already, install the remote printing driver.
    1. Log into the Remote Printing Authorization page with the username and password of the account you would like to charge.
    2. Select cplot1_np. 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 With-->Adobe 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.
    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 online at cplot1_np.
    11. If the preview does not look correct, adjust the settings until the preview looks correct. Once it looks correct, change to the sioplot printer on the Remote Authorization page.

    Install HP Designjet T1100ps driver for Windows 7

    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
    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
    6. Note

      If the port name autofills 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
    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.
    8. You may name the printer whatever you like. We named our printer SIOplot 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 your default printer or print a test page.

    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 (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.

    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.