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HP Designjet 100 and 120 Printer Series - Features of the User Interface/Printer Driver Utilities

Introduction
Using Office features in HP Designjet drivers is possible only with the spooling systems of Win32 drivers. The spooling systems of Win16 drivers do not support Office Features. For this reason, there are two HP Designjet drivers with different user interfaces (Printing Preferences).
  • Printing Preferences for Windows 95, 98, and Me - This driver has four tabs: Basic Setup, CAD, Color, and Advanced. This driver does not support Office Features.
  • Printing Preferences for Windows NT 4.0, 2000, and XP - This driver has five tabs: Basic Setup, CAD, Color, Advanced, and Features. This driver supports Office Features through the Features tab.
Printing Preferences tabs
Basic setup
The Basic Setup section of Printing Preferences includes the following options:
  • Paper source
  • Page size
  • Print quality
  • Page orientation
CAD
The CAD section of Printing Preferences contains options related to CAD drawings, for example, the way colors are treated in lines and area fills.
  note:
This option is not available on the HP Designjet 120 printer
Color
The Color section contains basic color control options.
Advanced
Since the HP Designjet 100 does not have a roll-feed, many of the Advanced paper options seen on the drivers for other Designjet printers do not appear in this one. Another difference is that the Advanced section for the Designjet 100 has a button that opens the Maintenance tool.
Features (Available only in Windows NT, 2000, and XP)
The Features section contains the following Office features:
  • Two-sided printing
  • Handout
  • Booklet printing
  • Tiling
  • Start printing from last page
Basic Setup
There are several options in the Basic Setup section of Printing Preferences for handling page size and format:
  • Paper size
  • Media type - Since it is not possible to select media type from the front panel of the HP Designjet 100, this information must be selected from a list box in this section of the driver.
  • Page orientation - Portrait or Landscape.
  • Paper source (Sheet) - The options for the paper source include the following:
    • Autoselect
    • Manual Feed
    • Tray 1
    • Rear Feed
Figure : Basic Setup - Model 100
1- Paper size
2- Paper source (Sheet)
3- Paper type
4- Orientation
Figure : Basic Setup - Model 120
  note:
The HP Designjet 120/120nr has a Roll option in the paper selection. It does not have the Optimize option.
Paper source
If autoselect is selected from the list of Paper Source options, the printer looks for a sheet of paper in different places on the printer in the following order:
  1. Any sheet that the printer has already grabbed and which is waiting to be printed upon.
  2. Any sheet that is waiting to be grabbed on the input/output tray.
  3. A sheet from the small input tray, if the size of the sheet is big enough for the printer.
Paper size
Page size limits
If Edit Paper List is selected from the list of Paper Size options, a new dialog box appears with options for designating paper groups and defining custom paper sizes.
Figure : Edit Paper List option
Width/length limits
Width
Length
Minimum: 76 mm (3 inches)
Minimum: 142 mm (5.6 inches)
Maximum: 625 mm (24.6 inches)
Maximum: 1625 mm (63.98 inches) or 15241 mm (600 inches) if using the 120nr.
Printable area limits
If an Oversize page is selected is selected from the list of Paper Size options the printable area equals the page size. If a page size other than Oversize is selected, the following restrictions apply to the printable area:
  • Printable length = paper length - top margin - bottom margin
  • Printable width = paper width - left margin - right margin
Margin sizes
Margin
Size
If Roll Assembly is attached and selected
Top
5 mm
5 mm
Bottom
12 mm
5 mm
Left
5 mm
5 mm
Right
5 mm
5 mm
  note:
If "Paper Source" is set to Tray 1, the maximum available paper size will be set to 330 x 483 mm (13 x 19 inches).
Scaling (Zoomsmart)
The original page size is the page size reported to the application through the GDI (Figure 4, call-out 1). The application tries to print the drawing in its original size on this page size. The output page size is the page size to which the drawing will be scaled when printed (Figure 4, call-out 3). Using the "Scale to Fit" option (Zoomsmart) makes it possible to scale to a defined output page or apply a scaling factor to the original (Figure 4, call-out 2, 4, and 5).
  note:
When using "Scale to Fit," the resolution of the drawing drops to 300 dpi, even if applying a 100% scaling factor.
Figure : Scale to Fit (Zoomsmart option)
1- Original page size
2- Scale to Fit (Zoomsmart)
3- Output page size
4- Output page size, Zoomsmart
5- Original page size, Zoomsmart
Paper type
The "Paper Type" box contains a list of generic paper and print media types. Each of these media types matches one or more HP media products. To discover which HP media products are matched with which generic media type, click the help (?) button located next to the "Paper Type" list box.
The following table lists the generic media types and the corresponding HP product:
Generic type
HP product
Plain paper
HP Bright White Inkjet Paper
Translucent Bond
HP Translucent Bond
Natural Tracing Paper
HP Natural Tracing Paper
Vellum
HP Vellum
Coated Paper
HP Premium Inkjet Paper
HP Coated Paper
Transparency
HP Premium Transparency Film
Photo Paper
HP Premium Photo Paper Glossy
HP Semi-Gloss Photo Paper
HP Premium Plus Photo Paper Glossy
HP Premium Plus Photo Paper Matte
HP Colorfast Photo Paper
HP Proofing Semi-Gloss
Glossy Paper
HP Proofing Gloss
Two Sided Brochure Paper
HP Professional Brochure and Flyer Paper Two-sided Gloss
Other Paper
Vinyl, Backlit, Metallic, Adhesive
Heavy Weight Coated Paper
HP Premium Heavy Weight Coated
HP Professional Brochure and Flyer Paper Matte
HP Proofing Media Matte
  note:
Currently, there are no HP products for Translucent bond, Natural Tracing Paper, and Vellum. There might also be changes in the current sets of products assigned to each media category, if new media types are introduced.
The paper type selected in the driver adds a PCL3 command to the job file. This command simply specifies the selected paper type. It does not contain other print-mode information. The printer firmware processes the paper-type information to build the print mode. For example, the firmware decides whether black is composite black (for glossy papers) or true black.
Print quality
Use the following options in Basic Setup to modify print quality and printing speed:
  • Paper Type
  • Quality
  • Optimize
Quality settings make it possible to select a general print mode:
  • Fast (draft)
  • Normal (final)
  • Best (enhanced)
HP Designjet 100 only
Optimize settings make it possible to find the most suitable printing technique for the type of job to be printed:
  • For Line Drawings uses Resolution Enhancement Technology (RET), which makes lines and text appear sharper.
  • For Text/Images is optimized for printing photographic (raster) images, where RET is not suitable.
The following table shows the resolutions at which most applications should render the data to be sent to the printer. Some applications might have memory problems when attempting to render data at high resolutions. This problem might be resolved by changing the settings to get a rendering resolution of 300 dpi.
Quality setting
Optimize setting
Dots per inch (dpi)
Fast
Line Drawings
Text/Images
300
300
Normal
Line Drawings
Text/Images
600
300
Best
Line Drawings
Text/Images
600
600
CAD (Model 100 only)
The CAD section of Printer Preferences offers the following color options under "Lines and fill colors:"
  • Use application colors - Select this option to print lines and area fills in colors defined in the application.
  • Use only black - Select this option to print in grayscale.
  • Use solid colors - Select this option to use only the printer’s solid colors: black, cyan, yellow, magenta, red, green, and blue.
Figure : CAD
1- Lines and fills color
Color
The Color section of "Printing Preferences" offers basic color control optionsusing "Printed color control" selections. If Match screen is selected, no color correction takes place. If Vivid color is selected the behavior will depend upon the Optimize option that is selected in the "Basic Setup" section of Printing Preferences.
  • If Optimize for Line Drawings is selected, "Vivid color" shows normal behavior.
  • If Optimize for Text/Images is selected, "Vivid Colors" shows normal behavior for Coated, Heavyweight coated, and Glossy papers. For other media, it shows the same the same behavior as "Match screen."
Figure : Color (Model 100)
1- Printed color control
Figure : Color (Model 120)
Only selections available for the HP Designjet 120 are:
  • Automatic
  • Manual
Advanced
The only Advanced features available for the HP Designjet 100 are "Mirroring" and "Show printing process."
  note:
The features related to Roll management (Inked Area, AutoRotate and Extended Margins) are not present because there is no roll feed. Features related to document processing (Avoid out of memory, Maximum performance) are not available because the HP Designjet 100 is a raster printer with no processing capabilities; jobs are always processed in the computer.
Figure : Advanced
1- Show printing process
2- Mirror option and option display
Figure : Advanced
If roll has been selected the following option will appear:
  • Disable automatic outline
  • Auto-rotate
  • Inked area
Features (Windows NT, 2000, and XP only)
The Features section of "Printing Preferences" contains the following Office features:
  • Two-sided printing (duplexing)
  • Handout
  • Booklet printing
  • Tiling
  • Start printing from last page
Two-Sided Printing (Duplexing)
Selecting Two-Sided Printing (Duplexing) makes it possible to print a multi-page document using both sides of the sheets. With two-sided printing, the odd pages are printed first, the output sheets are manually turned over and reloaded, and then the even pages are printed.
There are two duplexing options: Book and Tablet. Two-sided printing can be combined with either portrait or landscape page orientation. Dialog boxes appear throughout the process to assist with choosing the desired option and orientation and reloading the paper correctly.
Figure : Two-sided printing (duplexing)
1- Duplexing options and option display
Handout
Selecting Handout makes it possible to print multiple images of on-screen pages (logical pages) on one physical page. Either 2, 4, 6, 8, 9 or 16 logical pages can be printed on each physical page. The physical page is the one selected in "Basic Setup" under "Paper Size. Handout" can be combined with either landscape or portrait orientation.
It is also possible to select the page order in this new layout. Different options for ordering the logical pages inside the physical page include the following orders:
  • Right then down
  • Down then right
  • Left then down
  • Down then left
Figure : Handout
1- Handout options and option display
Booklet Printing
Selecting BookletPrinting makes it possible to create booklets by printing two on-screen pages on each side of a physical page. The physical page size is the one selected in "Basic Setup" under "Paper Size." Combine Booklet Printing with either portrait or landscape orientation and with either book or tablet duplexing. Booklet Printing options are "Print on one side" and "Reverse order."
  note:
First, select the book or tablet duplexing option, and then select Booklet Printing. The duplex option used is the one selected before "Booklet Printing" is selected.
Figure : Booklet Printing
1- Booklet Printing options and option display
Tiling
Tiling breaks the on-screen page into several sections and prints the sections one by one. Afterwards, the printed sections can be joined together to create a bigger page than the paper size available in the printer. Combine tiling with either landscape or portrait orientation. It is also possible to select which tiles to print. The three options for tiling are 2 x 2 inches (4 sheets), 3 x 3 inches (9 sheets), and 4 x 4 inches (16 sheets).
Figure : Tiling
1- Tiling options and option display
Start printing from last page
Selecting Start printing from last page makes it possible to print the pages of a multi-page document in reverse order. Combine this feature with either landscape or portrait orientation. "Start printing from last page" can also be combined with the Handout feature.
Figure : Start printing from last page
1- Start printing from last page selected

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