How To: Configure the Xerox Phaser 7700 for use with ArcGIS


This article contains suggested settings to configure the Xerox Phaser 7700 for optimum use with ArcGIS ArcMap 8.x and 9.x. Select those settings that pertain to your printer and desired output.

This article is intended for a broad audience and may not suit individual needs.

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This article assumes that you have already configured the Xerox Phaser 7700 to work with your computer either as a local printer or through a network print server, and that all components are functioning properly.

· Print Quality Modes

These settings are found by going to Start > Settings > Printers and right-clicking on either 'Printing Preferences' or 'Document Defaults' and then going to the Paper/Quality tab.

[O] Print Quality Modes

1. Standard Paper Quality

General purpose mode for full-color printing. Produces crisp, bright prints suitable for maps production done at high speed.

2. Photo Paper Quality

Higher-quality color prints with a more continuous tone and better color detail. Produces smoother color shades. Recommended for use with ortho photograph, proof prints, and press modes.

· Color Matching

These settings are found by going to Start > Settings > Printers and right-clicking on either 'Printing Preferences' or 'Document Defaults' then going to the TekColor tab.

1. Automatic
This setting provides the best results for documents with a mixture of graphics, text, and pictures.  For use with most printing.

[O] Automatic Color Correction

2. Office Color
These settings are intended for use with typical office documents.

[O] Office Color
a. None

No color correction made to colors.

For use with the PANTONE® Color Chart for PANTONE® Color matching which is currently not supported with ArcMap.

b. sRGB Display

This setting is meant to simulate a computer's display colors (RGB). Because ArcMap can use RGB, CMYK, and HSV color models, this setting is best used for maps in which detail is desired over true color accuracy.

c. sRGB Vivid

This setting typically produces brighter, more saturated colors. It is best used for vector data, transparencies, and high color maps.

3. Press Match
The colors are meant to simulate printing press standards. Used to create comprehensives and proofs. Each of the press modes has a specific use and is often not used in mapping.

[O] Press Match

a. Commercial Press

Used to emulate the 4-color process commercial press mode.

b. Euroscale Press

Used to emulate the Euroscale 4-color process press mode.

c. SWOP Press

Used to match U.S. Specification for Web Offset Publications press standards.

d. SNAP Press

Used to match newsprint standard.

e. DIC

Used to match Dai Nippon printing inks on coated paper.

f. Toyo

Used to match commercial Toyo printing inks on coated paper.

Making Your Selections
The list of settings below were found to produce the best results.

When printing map documents that contain only aerials, orthoquads; that is photographic material, use Photo paper quality with the sRGB Display Office Color option.

Map documents that contain only vector data; that is points, lines, and polygons (NO transparencies), use the sRGB Vivid Office Color option. Using the photo paper quality option on vectors does not increase quality but will decrease speed.

Printing map documents that contain only raster data; that is TIFFs, DRGs, and so forth, use the sRGB Display Office Color option.

Map documents with prevalent amounts of transparencies typically produce the best results using the sRGB Vivid Office Color option.

When printing many of the combination maps; that is maps that have both raster and vector data in them, you will often find that Standard paper quality with the Automatic TekColor® option is sufficient, but you may want to try the sRGB Display and Vivid options as well.

Known issues with the Xerox Phaser 7700 and ArcMap

1. sRGB Vivid color correction prints black lines in Black only and as such causes polygons to appear as if they are not completely filled near the edges.

2. sRGB Display prints Black as a composite color which can result in a degradation of color.

3. ArcMap's Postscript engine defaults to the 11 x 17 tray. If you are printing 8.5 x 11 then you will need to manually select the correct paper tray.

4. Printing on 'copy quality' paper results in a large amount of tiny white blotches in solid fills. Use 'laser quality' paper or better for improved results. Visit the Xerox website for further recomendations.

5. ArcPress does not work with this printer. Driver/device incompatability causes a mismatching of colors.

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