Printing and Plotting

Reply
*Rigos, Ioannis
Message 1 of 6 (84 Views)

Problems with HP DesignJet 600 and autoCad 2000

84 Views, 5 Replies
12-21-2000 09:57 PM
Hello everyone,
I own the Hewlett-Packard DesignJet 600 Plotter and with AutoCad 14 the
performance of the plotter was excellent. With AutoCad 2000 plotting speed
has dropped about 50%, and of the pen settings during plotting are wrong.
Anyobdy knows what might be the problem?
The local dealer suggested that I changed my driver, and infact I did, but
made no difference.

Machine: Pentium III @450Mhz, memory 128M.

Thanks much in advance.

Ioannis Rigos,
Architect.
Active Contributor
LAURA
Posts: 36
Registered: ‎10-24-2001
Message 2 of 6 (84 Views)

Re: Problems with HP DesignJet 600 and autoCad 2000

12-21-2000 11:43 PM in reply to: *Rigos, Ioannis
Hello,
If you're using the Windows System Driver, try changing the "process document" option in the Advanced tab. I've heard this helps plotting time, but can't remember which one is best to use. Ours is set on printer, and works fine.

Also, be aware that if you used shading in pc2 files, it does not import into ctb files.
Happy Holidays!
Laura
*warddrip, k
Message 3 of 6 (84 Views)

Re: Problems with HP DesignJet 600 and autoCad 2000

12-22-2000 12:04 AM in reply to: *Rigos, Ioannis
Ioannis Rigos,
there are many settings to the acad 2000 plotting setup, however, one that
really caused us problems with the designjet 600 was that all pens must have
the color property set to "BLACK" in the plot style dialog. if this isn't
done the plotter just uses windows colors for the plotter pens and the
resulting plots are useless.

k warddrip
WAVE engineers, inc.

Ioannis Rigos wrote:

> Hello everyone,
> I own the Hewlett-Packard DesignJet 600 Plotter and with AutoCad 14 the
> performance of the plotter was excellent. With AutoCad 2000 plotting speed
> has dropped about 50%, and of the pen settings during plotting are wrong.
> Anyobdy knows what might be the problem?
> The local dealer suggested that I changed my driver, and infact I did, but
> made no difference.
>
> Machine: Pentium III @450Mhz, memory 128M.
>
> Thanks much in advance.
>
> Ioannis Rigos,
> Architect.
*Saadallah, Dean
Message 4 of 6 (84 Views)

Re:

12-22-2000 03:21 AM in reply to: *Rigos, Ioannis
There are even more setting you need to check:

First, and above all else, you need to write/ define your plot styles from
scratch in 2000: the Import PC2 feature, if you have a lot of settings and
screening/shading, does not import well.

Then, you need to decide if you are printing/plotting with CTB or STB, and
you need to keep track of that setting all the time when printing/plotting.

You HP600 is a great plotter, and output in R2000 is even more refined than
in R14: However, you need to maximize the RAM on the plotter (R2000 plot
files are bigger, and you probably have the original 4MB installed), you
need to install the latest HP600 drivers for your Windows version, in the
Windows software, under the OPTIONS tab on mine anyway, under COLOR, select
Convert Colors to Pure Black (if you do not use shading), or Convert colors
to grayscale if you do (shading grades are set in your plot styles, see
above); under QUALITY, Normal is good enough for most plots, BEST if you are
really picky. In the advanced TAB, Process Document IN COMPUTER is you are
not upgrading the RAM on the plotter.
Also, when was the last time you got the plotter serviced?

Of course, if you do not have plot styles set or do the work to set them,
and test them thoroughly, forget all the above :smileywink:

--
Dean Saadallah
www.pendean.com

"k warddrip" wrote in message
news:3A437B7D.8D98EC7D@pacbell.net...
>
> Ioannis Rigos,
> there are many settings to the acad 2000 plotting setup, however, one that
> really caused us problems with the designjet 600 was that all pens must
have
> the color property set to "BLACK" in the plot style dialog. if this isn't
> done the plotter just uses windows colors for the plotter pens and the
> resulting plots are useless.
>
> k warddrip
> WAVE engineers, inc.
>
> Ioannis Rigos wrote:
>
> > Hello everyone,
> > I own the Hewlett-Packard DesignJet 600 Plotter and with AutoCad 14 the
> > performance of the plotter was excellent. With AutoCad 2000 plotting
speed
> > has dropped about 50%, and of the pen settings during plotting are
wrong.
> > Anyobdy knows what might be the problem?
> > The local dealer suggested that I changed my driver, and infact I did,
but
> > made no difference.
> >
> > Machine: Pentium III @450Mhz, memory 128M.
> >
> > Thanks much in advance.
> >
> > Ioannis Rigos,
> > Architect.
>
*Boy, Stupendous
Message 5 of 6 (84 Views)

Re: Problems with HP DesignJet 600 and autoCad 2000

12-22-2000 03:41 AM in reply to: *Rigos, Ioannis
Ioannis,

Dean is exactly right. I just set up our DJ 600 & it works fine. Don't
worry.....just set up your pen style the way Dean suggested & post here if
you want to fine tune other stuff!!

ttfn

Colby
Contributor
MikeMorr
Posts: 20
Registered: ‎01-08-2002
Message 6 of 6 (84 Views)

Re:

12-27-2000 01:47 AM in reply to: *Rigos, Ioannis
That all sounds good for 2000. I have a 600 also, but we still have only 4MB of ram. We only plot from R14 to it. We used to have a driver that would fool the low ram by sending only one line at a time. It worked great. For sheets with raster images, it is essential (unless you buy more ram). Anyways, If anyone knows how to code a pc2 file to get it to do that, please let me know. I have lost the pc2 file that I had that did it, and my boss won't pay for more ram because 'it worked fine last month'.

One other thing I am having problems with---you mentioned setting 2000 for ctb or stb. Where do you set this? Somehow, my 2000 got switched to stb files and I can't get my ctb palletes to load up unless I open a different drawing, plot it, and then go back to the first file and select 'previous plot settings'.

Mike

You are not logged in.

Log into access your profile, ask and answer questions, share ideas and more. Haven't signed up yet? Register

Announcements
Are you familiar with the Autodesk Expert Elites? The Expert Elite program is made up of customers that help other customers by sharing knowledge and exemplifying an engaging style of collaboration. To learn more, please visit our Expert Elite website.

Need installation help?

Start with some of our most frequented solutions to get help installing your software.

Ask the Community