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POSTERS

Poster Printer - Information as of December 2013

The poster printer is a HP DesignJet Z5200 with 42" wide paper. Here are two ways to print a poster:
    • Use your favorite application to create a poster. Set the Page Size less than or equal to 42" x N", where N is any value. For N>42, see below.
    • Save a copy of the poster in high quality PDF format.
    • Copy the PDF file to your astro home directory.
    • Use your department-supported Linux workstation or log into beast.berkeley.edu or lupus.berkeley.edu.
    • Run acroread {filename.pdf}
    • Print to the poster printer and make sure that the previewed page size is correct. It should be the same page size that you set when you created the PDF file. Check the box marked Choose paper source by PDF page size and select Page Scaling: Shrink to Printable Area.
    • Go to the printer in HFA-B and watch the poster come out. If it does not look correct, please cancel the job using the red "X" button on the printer panel, and let Bill know so you will not be charged.
    • Add the poster printer to your computer using SAMBA on irk.berkeley.edu
    • (Mac howto)   (Windows howto). You will probably need to install the printer driver software (from www.hp.com).
    • Use your favorite application to create a poster. Set the Page Size less than or equal to 42" x N", where N is any value. For N>42, see below
    • From the application, Print.
    • Print to the poster printer and make sure that the previewed page size is correct. It should be the same page size that you set when you created the PDF file. You may need to change a paper handling option to achieve this.
    • Go to the printer in HFA-B and watch the poster come out. If it does not look correct, please cancel the job using the red "X" button on the printer panel, and let Bill know so you will not be charged.


How To Print Landscape 42" x N" Posters

The trick here is to define a custom page size on your computer. In the application that you use to create the poster file, you must apply this custom page size to the file. Thanks to Maté for these instructions.

Step 1 - Install poster printer driver according to department website

Step 2 - When making the poster (I used Pages.app) use the Page Setup dialog to create a custom page size, under the Manage Custom Sizes


The trick here is to make sure the Width is 42 and the Height is whatever you want (which is not intuitive, since you want a landscape poster...). Nonetheless this is what to do. I labelled mine AGU 42x66 above.



In my first go at this, I had the width and height reversed, but you want to avoid this since the Poster printer driver will be unhappy with and Width over 44 inches (the angry error box is shown below, with the large Stop SIgn Exclamation Point)

Instead, set the width=42 and the height=66 (or whatever) and use the Orientation checkbox in the Page Setup dialog for making the poster. This is probably going to be the same in Keynote (for Powerpoint and/or Illustrator, ymmv).



Step 3 - With Page Setup correct, you should be able to print directly from the Pages.app print Dialog:

Make sure you have the Poster printer selected, Set the Paper size to what you picked, and the Auto Rotate button should work. Otherwise, the preview in the dialog box will illustrate if the poster looks correct or not.



Step 4 - To confirm that there won't be problems with the printout, the "Paper/Quality" pull-down will show an error near the "Constraints & Device Status" if you have a width greater than 44inches, regardless of which orientation is selected.




If you've already Setup and made your poster (in Illustrator or whatever), then the easiest thing to do is export a PDF, open it in Preview, setup the correct Paper Size, and rotate the document in preview (Command-R) before printing.

Happy printing.

Printing Sideways: Another Example

Thanks to Mike for the following example of printing sideways directoly from Illustrator on a Mac:



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