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*Kessell, Jim
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Oce 9400 is driving me nuts with 2000i plotting!

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04-08-2001 11:00 PM
I am trying to config. our Oce 9400 to plot with Autocad 2000i. The problem
is that I am either getting awful raster image plots, or super sharp plots
with no lineweight at all. This has had me tied up for about 12 manhours so
far. Our old HP 650 inkjet was set up and printing wonderfully in about 10
minutes. The Oce just doesn't seem to want to work well as a Windows system
printer, and I can find no help on the Oce website.

Any ideas out there?
*Schillace, Eva
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Re: Oce 9400 is driving me nuts with 2000i plotting!

04-09-2001 01:51 AM in reply to: *Kessell, Jim
Jim,

First, ditch the Windows system driver. It's junk and you're better off without
it.
Then set yourself up as a 9400 LV3_x LV4_x Autodesk Heidi driver (should be
oce7.hdi--if not, get the updates).
Once you set up the .pc3 file for the HDI driver, change the settings to 256
shades of gray, hardware cluster dithering. Tweak your paper, lines
overwrite/merge, etc however you want.
Then try out a .ctb file that works on your HP650 and see if it works "more or
less". If so, but your grayscales look chunky & blocky, then go to the plotter
front panel and set "Rendering" to "Cloud" instead of "Cluster". Unfortunately
this option is not available unless you have the v4.x firmware installed--call
your maintenance guys if you don't.

You can use "software error diffusion dithering" if you have to, but it will tie
up your computer with the processing for at least 1-2 minutes on each plot.

HTH,
-Eva

Jim Kessell wrote:

> I am trying to config. our Oce 9400 to plot with Autocad 2000i. The problem
> is that I am either getting awful raster image plots, or super sharp plots
> with no lineweight at all. This has had me tied up for about 12 manhours so
> far. Our old HP 650 inkjet was set up and printing wonderfully in about 10
> minutes. The Oce just doesn't seem to want to work well as a Windows system
> printer, and I can find no help on the Oce website.
>
> Any ideas out there?
*G., Toni
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Re: Oce 9400 is driving me nuts with 2000i plotting!

04-14-2001 07:34 PM in reply to: *Kessell, Jim
Hallo Jim
we are developers of conversion software.
Our TG-Plot Plot management software is able to drive an Oce 9400 plotter.
For the moment the Software is only sold in Switzerland.
Some of our customers drive an Oce 9800 with out Software.
This customers has no problems with Acad2000 files when they work with our
software, but they have trouble with the Oce plotters.
The reason, ...some older Oce controllers are not so smart, and have many
limitations.
(No support of PCL Bitmap fonts, Color RTL, Bezier curves..etc..)
Here in Switzerland we have always a special market.
"Very high quality requirements".
With our product we try to close the caps and quality issues that other
"Standard" software or Internal plotter controllers does not do.
Our problem is that we are a small country, and our market is very small.
(That is the reason why our product is a little bit expensive)
However it's may a posibility for you to get your Oce9400 running well.

If you are interested please let us know.

sales@tgsoft.ch

Regards
Toni G.

Jim Kessell schrieb in im Newsbeitrag:
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> I am trying to config. our Oce 9400 to plot with Autocad 2000i. The
problem
> is that I am either getting awful raster image plots, or super sharp plots
> with no lineweight at all. This has had me tied up for about 12 manhours
so
> far. Our old HP 650 inkjet was set up and printing wonderfully in about
10
> minutes. The Oce just doesn't seem to want to work well as a Windows
system
> printer, and I can find no help on the Oce website.
>
> Any ideas out there?
>
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