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… [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… [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.

Can I make mon­ey with Mem­jet-based wide for­mat print­ers?

If you read the pre­vi­ous arti­cles in this series about Mem­­jet-based wide for­mat print­ers, you under­stand what appli­ca­tions they’re suit­able for, how they work, and what you can get from the man­u­fac­tur­ers. In this arti­cle I’ll dis­cuss what you can expect from your invest­ment. Return on invest­ment The MSRPs shown in the graph­ic above tell… [Read More]

A Buyer’s Guide to Wide For­mat Scan­ners

If you’re con­sid­er­ing the pur­chase of a wide for­mat print­er, chances are that you’re think­ing about wide for­mat scan­ners, too. All wide for­mat mar­ket seg­ments use them for scan­ning: Tech­ni­cal doc­u­ments – engi­neer­ing, assem­bly, and process draw­ings; maps; archi­tec­tur­al ren­der­ings, line art; etc., and Graph­ic arts doc­u­ments – posters and sig­nage, pho­tographs, fine art, etc.… [Read More]

Mem­jet-based wide for­mat print­ers: manufacturer’s offer­ings

In the two pre­vi­ous arti­cles in this series on Mem­­jet-based wide-for­­mat print­ers we cov­ered: Part 1: “What are suit­able appli­ca­tions for Mem­­jet-based wide for­mat print­ers” and Part 2: “How do Mem­­jet-based wide for­mat print­ers work?” In this arti­cle we’ll take a look at the offer­ings from the three man­u­fac­tur­ers of these print­ers and com­pare their… [Read More]

How do Mem­jet-based wide for­mat print­ers work?

In the first arti­cle in this series we looked at “Suit­able appli­ca­tions for Mem­­jet-based wide for­mat print­ers”. Today we’ll take a look at what dri­ves them. How do they cre­ate such beau­ti­ful prints so quick­ly? Mem­­jet-based wide for­mat print­ers include all of those shown above. They all use aque­­ous-based dye inks – like those used… [Read More]