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HP Designjet Printers - Tips on Using the AutoCAD (TM) v 3.3 Driver with AutoCAD Release 12 and 13 for MS-DOS (R) and Windows

Tips and tricks

Tips on Using the AutoCAD (TM) v 3.3 Driver with AutoCAD Release 12 and 13 for MS-DOS (R) and Windows and include some specific tips for very typical problems.

AutoCAD versions

AutoCAD r12 for Windows

Upgrade to the latest version, which is c4.


Smooth render drawings

Plotting a smooth render drawing can sometimes produce very large plot files, which results in memory errors. To prevent such problems, plot smooth render drawings to a file and copy this plot file directly to the I/O port. This will also be quicker.

Best rendering results

For best results when plotting from HPRENDER or HPMPLOT, never set the front panel "Rotate" option to anything other than 0.

Rendering and merge

If the Merge option is set to Lines Merge, a plot produced by HPMPLOT will include all the lines below the rendered viewport.

AutoCAD r13

In release 13, setting the Quality to Printer Default makes the plot faster with less memory and with minimal quality loss.


Which commands use annotations

Annotations will only be obtained when plotting from the commands PLOT and HPMPLOT.

Where annotations are placed in the drawing

  • In landscape drawings, they are placed in the left side.
  • In portrait drawings, they are placed in the top side of the drawing.

Effects of annotations on the page size

  • When plotting to a certain scale, or using to-fit or user sizes, or with adjustments disabled: If annotations are present, the annotation will not take space for the page size specified for the drawing. If plotting on sheet media, the drawing can be clipped. If plotting on roll media, it will use .5 inch more of media.
  • When plotting to fit and using standard page sizes and adjustments enabled: The annotations will take .5 inch from the area specified by the user and the plot will be scaled to fit in the available space.

Order of the annotations text

  • First line: Drawing name/Plot time and date/Comment
  • Second line: Driver information

Placement of crop marks

Always place crop marks on the corners of the plotting area used to include any annotations, if necessary.


Here are some actions to check

  • Does the drawing become clipped in the full preview?
  • Is the correct printer model selected? This can be checked in the option "Show device requirements" of the PLOT command.
  • Is media loaded in the printer as selected in the Media Orientation dialog box?

Pen settings

Line widths and colors

If pen settings like width and color are not applied to the output, check if the palette is set to software in the printer front panel (Setup sheet in the HP Designjet 200, 220, 250C and 230 printers).

Line end and line joins

If line end and line joins are not applied to the output, check the configuration file (.HPC) being used, in "Show Device Requirements."

Printer recommended settings

HP Designjet 650C printer

  • Color button: color
  • Page size: software
  • Quality: software
  • Pen Palette: software
  • Merge Control: on
  • Rotate: 0

HP Designjet 600 printer

  • Page size: inked area or best ISO/ANSI
  • Quality: software
  • Pen Palette: software
  • Merge Control: on
  • Rotate: 0

HP Designjet 200 and 220 printer

  • Pen Palette: software
  • Merge Control: on
  • Rotate: 0

HP Pen printers

  • Logical pens (1 to 256) are mapped to physical pens in a cyclic manner: 1 - 1, 2 - 2... , 8 - 8, 9 - 1, 10 - 2, ..., 16 - 8, 17 - 1...
  • Pen widths in the PLOT dialog box will make the printer do multistroke if they are bigger than the real width of the loaded pens.
  • Media orientation can help to obtain the bigger margin of the printer in the desired place.
  • Draft quality will make the pens draw at maximum speed.
  • A specific setting exists which allows a choice of where to do the fills (AutoCAD or printer). Selecting AutoCAD will plot more quickly and with the same appearance as R11 fills. Selecting the printer requires less processing time in the computer.

HP Electrostatic printers

  • Smooth renders cannot be wider than 24 inches.
  • Merge Control setting does not work in certain models.
  • Only eight different raster fill patterns exist.

HP Paintjet XL 300 printers

  • Use the same configuration for the HP Deskjet 1200C printer.
  • There is no need to set the printer to HP-GL/2, it can be left in PCL mode.

HP LaserJet printers

  • To obtain gray lines use the "Fill" - "Shade" option of the Pens dialog box.
  • Facet rendering is not available in these printers.
  • Enhanced quality sets the HP LaserJet 4 printer to 600 dpi.
  • Use the LaserJet 4 entry for the LaserJet IIISi if PostScript (R) option is installed.






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