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Color Plotting Instructions – No.30, August 2009

Users with accounts on Grinder (UNIX) can plot graphics files from remote locations to an HP Designjet 4000PS color plotter in Tyler Hall. The color plotter is 42″ wide and uses a continuous roll of paper. The graphics files must be in one of the following formats:

HP RTL (Raster Transfer Language)

If the graphics files do not reside on Grinder, use an appropriate file transfer program (such as Fetch for Macintoshes and ws_ftp for Windows) to copy your files to Grinder. From Grinder, plot using the following command at the csh or ksh prompt:

lpr -P plot1 graphic_file_name

To check the status, use:

lpq -P plot1

Plotter output can be picked up at the Dispatch Counter in the lobby of Tyler Hall.

Please use the plotter for the final copy of your output only, insofar as possible.

For large plots, it may be necessary to use the HP RTL format to avoid loss of part of the output.

To print from an application such as Photoshop on your desktop computer:
Download a driver for the printer (Designjet 4000PS) from HP and set it up as a printer on your machine. Select the “Print to File” port during the Wizard setup.
When printing from the application, select the HP printer and check the box “Print to File”. You can scale the image to the paper size of your choice under the “Page Setup” scaling option.
Name the file as prompted and save it on your harddrive.
FTP the file to Grinder.

If you do not have an account on Grinder, fill out handout No.72, “UNIX (AIX): Grinder Computer Account Application”. To learn the basics of the UNIX operating system, refer to handout No.76, “UNIX: An Overview”. The application and handout are available in bins in the lobby of Tyler Hall and at the Help Desk in the URI Library, LL19.

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