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Procedures for printing a low cost ($3.00 per linear foot) banner poster at the CIRCA lab

Thank you to Sarah Cook for walking me through these instructions (4/2004).


The following steps are used for obtaining a poster at the CIRCA labs. You may modify some of the parameters indicated here. These are instructions for the LOWEST POSSIBLE COST of poster printing ($3 per linear foot). As a result, the emerging poster will not be on the heaviest or glossiest stock, and it will not be laminated. If you wish these other options, BMS, Target Copy, and the Department of Occupational Therapy all offer these more elaborate posters at costs of $40-$100+ dollars.


1. Produce a poster in MS Powerpoint or equivalent. The maximum printed height of the poster is 36"; there is no maximum width, but posters typically range from 36" to 72" in length. Thus, an optimal poster size would have a height somewhat less than the 36" paper size height limitation. Posters print fastest and cleanest when the document has a white background, although this is not a formal restriction; students have found that colored backgrounds can turn out slightly streaky.


2. Have the disk electronically available to take to the CIRCA lab (floppy, CD-ROM, available via internet).


3. Proceed to the Computer Science and Engineering Building. This is between the Marston Science Library and Turlington, on the main campus.


4. When you enter the main doors on the ground floor, you will see a very large computer pool. Pick any unused computer with internet access (which is most of them). Log on. (You will need your GATORLINK userid and password for this purpose).


5. Load Microsoft Powerpoint, and open the document. Select the "print" option from the File menu.


6. Select the printer with "djq" in its name. This is the large Hewlett Packard Color Jet.


7. Modify print properties. Click the "properties" tab for the djq printer, and change the paper size. Select "custom" paper size, and pick (your length plus a few inches)" x 36" as the custom size. Before printing, you might wish to go into "Page Setup" on the File menu, and verify that your document size is less than (length above)" by 36". Click "ok" to submit your document for printing.


8. Immediately after submitting the print job, walk back in the room to the terminal identified as the "djq" monitor. This has an old "DOS" interface. The monitor will prompt you to enter your gatorlink ID and password. After this has been accepted, watch the screen carefully. You will be prompted to "hit P" for print.


9. Screen feedback will tell you that the job has launched. Right next to the monitor is the printer itself. A control panel on the front of the printer alerts you to what is happening. Depending on the graphic complexity of your document, and the number of users in front of you, it could easily take 2-5 minutes for your document to load on the printer. The control panel will say "receiving" during this time. It will then take at least another 2-5 minutes for the document to print. When the document is completed, an automatic wheel-cutter will trim and release your document. It is now ready for rolling.

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