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Print a PDF poster from OS X

Printing multiple posters?

If you are printing more than 10 posters, please let us know a week in advance. This will allow us to make sure we have enough supplies for your posters.

Printing from your own computer?

Install the Mac printer driver before proceeding.

1. Login to Remote Print Authorization

  • Log into the Remote Print Authorization page with the username for the account you want to be charged.
  • Select cplot1_np (for 36" posters) or cplot1_np42 (for 42" posters).

How big can my poster be?

ACMS has paper rolls 36" and 42" wide. Smaller size items will be printed on the selected roll size, but will not be cut down to size.
Leave the Remote Print Authorization page open and go to step 2.

2. Configure Your PDF for Printing

We recommend that you use an Adobe PDF viewer to print. ACMS computer labs have Adobe Acrobat Pro installed. If you are using your own computer, download the free Adobe Acrobat Reader.

Right-click your PDF file in the Finder and select Open With → Adobe Acrobat.

Select HP DesignJet T1100ps (Remote Printer) as your printer.

  • Size Options: Actual Size
  • Orientation: Auto portrait/landscape

Size and orientation options.

Next, click Page Setup...

  • Format For: HP DesignJet T1100ps (Remote Printer)
  • Paper Size: Manage Custom Sizes...
Page setup for poster printing.

Create a new profile for your poster's dimensions. The width of the paper roll selected (36" or 42") will be the long edge of your poster.

Set up poster dimension profile.

Non-printable margins

The poster printer has a non-printable half-inch margin. Be sure to leave space on the edges of your poster so that it does not get cut off.
The online preview may not display where the image is cut off.

Click Print to submit the poster to the preview queue.

3. Verify Your Poster's Settings

The account owner will receive an email after the print is submitted. If you are not the account owner, please ask the owner to set up a sub-account.

You can also check the cplot1_np queue and cplot1_np42 queue online. This will not submit your job to print.

If the preview does not look the way you want it to, check the settings outlined in Step 2. Once you are ready to print, continue to Step 4.

My poster preview is blurry!

Print previews use low-resolution images to show position. The printed poster will be the same quality as your original file.
Make sure any images you include are high-resolution (at least 300 dpi and no larger than 100% of the original size).

4. Submit Your Print Job

  • Return to your already-open Remote Print Authorization page.
  • Change the printer to match the type of paper you want.

    Draft Paper

    Draft paper (cplot1) should not be used for the final poster.
    Colors can be dull, solid blocks of color can print unevenly, and there is a longer wait time for pickup as the ink dries.
  • Do not change the printer or other settings in Adobe Acrobat.
  • Set copies to 1. If you would like additional copies, you must submit a new job per poster.
  • Click Print to send your poster to the print queue.
  • Use the Poster Print Queue Check tool to make sure your poster is there.
  • When the poster has finished printing, the account owner will receive an email, or you can use the Queue Check to see if it has printed.

Need to cancel?

To cancel a print job, use the ACMS Print Queue Manager. If you are using a recharge account, you will need to log in with your personal account and select Connect to another ACMS account. Connecting your accounts will allow you to cancel a print job.

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Need Help? 

Contact or visit the ACMS Help Desk.