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]

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.

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]