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HP DesignJet T120/T520/T730 Printer, T830 MFP Series - Tips and tricks - How to print complex files

Tips and tricks - How to print complex files
Large quantities of data may be necessary to print a large-format print job, and in some specific workflows, especially when using the HP-GL/2 driver with complex print jobs, there may be an issue that can lead to some objects missing from the printed image. Here are some suggestions to help you to avoid this problem.
Description of the issue
Some objects are missing from the printed image.
  note:
Print jobs which might be affected are files containing complex objects such as objects with multiple layers, objects with gradients or/and the file size is relatively big in most of case. Usually this kind complex job is made by CAD applications (For example AutoCAD).
Solutions
  1. Update the printer’s firmware to the latest version. It can be downloaded and installed from hp.com.
  2. Use the latest PCL3 driver. It can be downloaded and installed from hp.com.
    This is the most recommendable driver. By using the PCL3 driver, the customer’s computer handles the rasterization process instead of the printer itself. Comparing to the printer, modern computers have better performance to manage complex jobs due to more available resources.
    TIP: Using the PCL3 driver is recommended in HP DesignJet T120/T520/T730 and T830 MFP Series.
    1. Select Max. Application resolution: 300 and Resolution managed by application: Off.
  3. Use the latest HP DesignJet Raster driver for Windows Modern Apps. It can be downloaded and installed from hp.com.
      note:
    This driver supports from Windows 8.
  4. Use the latest HP-GL/2 Driver. It can be downloaded and installed from hp.com.
      note:
    This driver is not available for HP DesignJet T120.
      note:
    This driver supports only Windows.
    1. Enable Send job as bitmap.
    2. Select Max. Application resolution: 300 and Resolution managed by application: Off.
  5. Select a smaller page size and enlarge it to the desired final page size in the driver or in the front panel.
  6. Reduce the resolution of bitmap images in your application software.
  7. Select a lower print quality in order to reduce the resolution of the printed image.
  8. Update the application software to the latest version.
  9. If the source file is a PDF:
    1. Regenerate the PDF file: Open the PDF file with the printing application, then save it again as PDF format. This could reduce the file complexity.
    2. Use an alternative PDF reader to discard application issues.
  10. Save the file in another format, such as TIFF or PDF, and print it from another application.
  11. Try another software to print the file.
  12. Use a RIP to print the file.
  note:
If you are working under Mac OS, not all of these options are available.
Some options may adversely affect the final output quality or the time necessary to generate the print job. Therefore, they should be cancelled if they do not help to solve the problem.

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