Steps on how to printer to the vcp7100, vcp7100g, and vcp7100cf plotters.
For the Fall 2021 semester, due to COVID-19 related restrictions, Operations will not be able to run the plotters as fast as we would like. During periods of heavy usage, you should plan on having to WAIT SEVERAL HOURS before your job even begins to plot.
- Make sure your file is saved as a PDF.
- Select the type of poster paper you would like to print on.
- VCP7100 – Regular paper
- VCP7100G – Glossy paper
- VCP7100CF — Clear-film
- Make sure the plotter you need is installed, see“Installing Printers on Mac OS X 10.9 or newer” , open your PDF file in Adobe Acrobat Reader DC and select “Print” from the File menu.
- Select the correct printer from the drop-down menu
- Click on Page Setup in the lower left corner
- Go to the Format For: tab, and select the printer you want. Then in the Page Size: tab select Manage Custom Size
- In the Page Setup window, click the (+) sign to add a paper size. set the width to 36”, and set the height to the length of your document. (Note that the width of your actual document should be no more than 34 inches to allow for the plotter to print a tag on your plot)
- In the same window change the name of the Paper Size to something descriptive so you can use it the next time you need to print, then click “OK”.
- Click “OK” again.
- In the Print window select “Actual Size” under Page Sizing and Handling. If this does not look correct, you can instead select “Fit”. Deselect “Choose paper source by PDF page size”. Select “Auto portrait/landscape” under Orientation.
- Ensure that the preview looks correct, and that the dimensions look correct. Press “Print” to print the poster.
- To make sure the poster has been sent to the printer wait to see if a pop-up appears in the lower right hand corner of your screen saying the document has been sent to the printer. If not, ask at the Help Desk.
- Posters are printed in the VCC Print Room, and have to be brought up by staff. Usually, posters will be ready about an hour after they were printed. This can take more time if the Print Queue (seen at the Help Desk) is long or if you are using the glossy printer. Please plan enough time for your plot to complete before an assignment is due.
- The posters are brought upstairs to bins in front of the Help Desk and are organized alphabetically by RCS ID. Glossy and clear-film plots may have an extra cover paper wrapped around the plot to protect it. If your poster is not there after 1–2 hours, feel free to ask at the Help Desk for an update on its status. Please do not attempt to visit the Print Room — you'll be distracting the staff from the work of rolling up the plots.