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HP Designjet Printers - Embedding PostScript (TM) Page Size Commands to Minimize Excess Paper

SUMMARY:
Some applications do not embed a page size into their PostScript output. Without an embedded page size in a PostScript file, PostScript-capable HP DesignJet printers default to a paper size that is the width of the roll multiplied by 1.5. For example, if the printer had a 36-inch roll, the printer would feed and cut the paper at 54 inches (36 x 1.5), regardless of the size of the image on the paper
SOLUTION:
There are two possible solutions.
  1. Set the HP DesignJet printer’s front panel menu under Page Format / Size to the specific size desired. See the User’s Guide for assistance in configuring the front panel menu. For example: Set Size = Ansi A for 8.5 inches x 11 inches.
    NOTE:
    The following front panel sizes are NOT supported with PostScript: Inked Area, Best ANSI, Best ARCH, Best JIS, Best ISO.
    Paper size standards are listed in table format at the end of this document.
  2. Edit the PostScript file to add the PageSize command.
    For 8.5 inch x 11 inch paper, add the following line to the file:
    <</PageSize [612 792]>>setpagedevice
    NOTE:
    Contact software vendor to determine if the software can be set up to automatically embed the necessary PageSize command.
Standard Sizes
Sheet Size
Actual PageSize command to embed
ANSI Standard
Ansi A (Letter)
8.5 x 11 inches
<</PageSize [612 792]>>setpagedevice
Ansi B (Tabloid)
11 x 17 inches
<</PageSize [792 1224]>>setpagedevice
ANSI C
17 x 22 inches
<</PageSize [1224 1584]>>setpagedevice
ANSI D
22 x 34 inches
<</PageSize [1584 2448]>>setpagedevice
ANSI E
34 x 44 inches
<</PageSize [2448 3168]>>setpagedevice
Architectural Standard
ARCH A
9 x 12 inches
<</PageSize [648 864]>>setpagedevice
ARCH B
12 x 18 inches
<</PageSize [864 1296]>>setpagedevice
ARCH C
18 x 24 inches
<</PageSize [1296 1728]>>setpagedevice
ARCH D
24 x 36 inches
<</PageSize [1728 2592]>>setpagedevice
ARCH E
36 x 48 inches
<</PageSize [2592 3456]>>setpagedevice
ISO Standard
ISO A4
210 x 297 mm
<</PageSize [595 842]>>setpagedevice
ISO A3
297 x 420 mm
<</PageSize [842 1191]>>setpagedevice
ISO A2
420 x 594 mm
<</PageSize [1191 1684]>>setpagedevice
ISO A1
594 x 841 mm
<</PageSize [1684 2384]>>setpagedevice
ISO A0
841 x 1189 mm
<</PageSize [2384 3370]>>setpagedevice
Oversize A2
480 x 625 mm
<</PageSize [1361 1772]>>setpagedevice
Oversize A1
625 x 900 mm
<</PageSize [1772 2551]>>setpagedevice
Oversize A0
900 x 1245 mm
<</PageSize [2551 3529]>>setpagedevice
Japanese Standard
JIS B4
257 x 364 mm
<</PageSize [729 1032]>>setpagedevice
JIS B3
364 x 515 mm
<</PageSize [1032 1460]>>setpagedevice
JIS B2
515 x 728 mm
<</PageSize [1460 2064]>>setpagedevice
JIS B1
728 x 1030 mm
<</PageSize [2064 2920]>>setpagedevice
Other Sizes
Sheet Size
24 x 48
24 x 48 inches
<</PageSize [1728 3456]>>setpagedevice
24 x 60
24 x 60 inches
<</PageSize [1728 4320]>>setpagedevice
NOTE:
In PostScript, one inch = 72 points. Therefore, to manually determine values for different sizes of paper, multiply the desired width and height by 72.

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