What are wide for­mat doc­u­ment sizes?

Wide for­mat doc­u­ment sizes split into two gen­er­al cat­e­gories. There are sizes for: tech­ni­cal doc­u­ments, and graph­ics com­mu­ni­ca­tions (posters, signs, pho­tos, etc). Each cat­e­go­ry has its own set of “stan­dards”. Some stan­dards have writ­ten spec­i­fi­ca­tions; oth­ers are stan­dards by “tra­di­tion”. Some are inter­na­tion­al; some only apply in spe­cif­ic regions of the world. Let’s take a look at each… [Read More]

How do we define Wide Format?

This site is all about wide for­mat — but just what do we mean by wide for­mat?  Some folks refer to it as “wide for­mat”, oth­ers call it “large for­mat.” It all depends on who you’re talk­ing to! For con­sis­ten­cy we’ll stick to “wide for­mat” on this site. If you search Google for a def­i­n­i­tion of… [Read More]

Hewlett Packard PageWide Wide For­mat Printers

Last week I attend­ed a press event con­duct­ed by Hewlett Packard at the IRgA/ERA Con­ven­tion in Atlanta to intro­duce their new PageWide XL wide for­mat sys­tems. The live pre­sen­ta­tion was also broad­cast around the world on the inter­net as a webi­nar. You can view a replay of that entire pre­sen­ta­tion here: HP PageWide webi­nar. Click… [Read More]

How can I print Auto­CAD .DWG files?

I some­times get asked: “A cus­tomer sent me some Auto­CAD .DWG files to print but my RIP doesn’t sup­port that for­mat. I can’t afford to run out and buy Auto­CAD. What should I do?” This is not a lim­i­ta­tion of your RIP. Wide for­mat RIPs (from Oce, KIP, Xerox, HP, RTI, Ricoh, Rowe, etc.) will not direct­ly han­dle… [Read More]

Wide for­mat inkjets: inks

Wide for­mat inkjet print­ers are every­where — they cov­er all wide for­mat mar­kets and they’re used for both tech­ni­cal doc­u­ments and graph­ic arts appli­ca­tions. There are four pri­ma­ry ink types used with wide for­mat inkjets: Aque­ous Sol­vent (from full sol­vent to eco-sol­vent) UV Latex Let’s take a look at each of these pri­ma­ry ink types,… [Read More]

Com­mon file for­mats for tech­ni­cal documents

Here’s a a quick look at some of the most com­mon file for­mats that you’ll run into in your trav­els through the wide for­mat tech­ni­cal doc­u­ment world. And you’ll find some of them in the wide for­mat graph­ic arts mar­ket as well. Some are more com­mon than oth­ers — the list­ing here is alpha­bet­i­cal. Some are… [Read More]

Choose the right media for your prints!

The most impor­tant thing you can do to ensure a suc­cess­ful print project when start­ing a new print project is to choose the right media for the appli­ca­tion. Choose the wrong media and you’ll fail — dis­ap­point­ing both your­self and your cus­tomer, not to men­tion wast­ing time and resources. The final appli­ca­tion dic­tates your media… [Read More]

Can PDF secu­ri­ty set­tings can affect your prints?

When I was still in the cor­po­rate train­ing world, sales reps would occa­sion­al­ly send me cus­tomer print files that they had prob­lems with. Once I received a PDF file with the com­ment: “This file prints fine on their [com­pet­i­tive sys­tem] print­er, but looks ter­ri­ble when print­ed on the new print­er I just sold them. Why… [Read More]

Why would you need a fin­ish­er for wide for­mat tech­ni­cal docs?

If you pro­duce wide for­mat tech­ni­cal doc­u­ments, you can use fin­ish­ers for a num­ber of rea­sons: Dis­tri­b­u­tion – neat­ly fold­ed pack­ets are sim­ple to man­age, file, and dis­trib­ute. If you need to send out doc­u­ment sets, like bid sets, in stan­­dard-sized envelopes or ship­ping box­es you would want all doc­u­ments in the set, which may… [Read More]

Why man­age color?

If you want good col­or prints, you must man­age col­or from begin­ning to end. Here’s a short (about 5 min­utes) video on col­or management.