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How To: Configure the HP DesignJet 650c for use with ArcGIS

Summary

A variety of settings to configure the Hewlett Packard 650c for optimum use with ArcGIS ArcMap are suggested below. Select those settings that pertain to your printer and desired output.

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

ESRI Support currently has this printer in house.

Procedure

This article assumes that you have already configured the HP 650c to work with your computer either as a local printer or through a network print server, and that all components are functioning properly. Administrative privileges are necessary to modify the driver settings.

· Printer Drivers - There is only one type of printer driver available for this printer, HP-GL2/HP-RTL. The HP-GL2/HP-RTL driver is Hewlett Packard's standard driver for the Windows operating systems.

This is the HP-GL2/HP-RTL version 4.61 printer driver for the HP 650c. It can be found by going to Start > Settings > Control Panel > Printers and right-clicking on the icon for the 650c and choosing either Document Defaults or Printing Preferences.

[O-Image] HP 650c HP-GL2/HP-RTL printer driver

· Printer Interface - the interface found on the front of the printer. Below are the settings that need consideration when printing with ArcGIS. The settings below are found in the Printer Setup menu.

1. Nesting

1. In the Printer Setup menu press the down arrow until you find Queueing & Nesting and press Enter.
2. Press the down arrow until you find Nest or Nesting and press Enter.
3. Press the appropriate arrow to get to the Off setting and press Enter.


2. Size

1. In the Printer Setup menu press the down arrow until you find Page Format and press Enter.
2. Press the down arrow until you find Size and press Enter.
3. Press the appropriate arrow to get to the various size settings and press Enter.


3. Rotate

1. In the Printer Setup menu press the down arrow until you find Page Format and press Enter.
2. Press the down arrow until you find Rotate and press Enter.
3. Press the appropriate arrow to get to the rotation setting desired and press Enter.


4. Margins

1. In the Printer Setup menu press the down arrow until you find Page Format and press Enter.
2. Press the down arrow until you find Margins and press Enter.
3. Press the appropriate arrow to select the desired margin setting and press Enter.


Note:
Nesting is not supported with ArcGIS.

Making Your Selections
Below is a list of settings that were found to produce the best, most consistent results. It is important to note that any recommendations to increase a quality setting will result in a decrease in speed and vice versa.

· When printing with ArcPress use the HP-GL2/HP-RTL driver and choose the HP RTL CMYK option in the ArcPress properties. Note that when using ArcPress with this printer certain settings on the printer are required.

1. Nesting=Off
2. Size=Inked Area
3. Rotate=0
4. Margins=Normal
5. Language=Automatic



· When printing map documents that contain ONLY aerials, orthoquads, i.e. photography, use the HP-GL2/HP-RTL driver with the ArcPress print engine.

· Map documents that contain ONLY vector data (example: points, lines, and polygons with NO transparencies) use the HP-GL2/HP-RTL driver with the Windows print engine.

· Printing map documents that contain ONLY raster data (example: TIFFs, DRGs, etc.) use the HP-GL2/HP-RTL driver with the ArcPress printer engine.

· Map documents with prevalent amounts of transparencies typically produce the best results using the HP-GL2/HP-RTL driver with the ArcPress printer engine.

· Setting a Custom Page size on the HP-GL2/HP-RTL driver
1. Close ArcMap/ArcView.
2. Enter the driver interface.
3. In the Paper Sizes menu, click the More Sizes button under the Application Page Size section.
4. The Custom paper size section is on the right; set the desired custom size, click OK, and click OK again at the driver window.

Now when you open ArcMap the new custom size will be available to you.

[O-Image] HP-GL2/HP-RTL Custom Page Sizes

Known issues with the HP 650c and ArcMap.

1. With the Nesting option "On" ArcGIS and ArcPress will produce a strip of paper about an inch long.

2. Prints cannot go beyond 300 dpi.

3. Because the printer has a limited amount of memory may large prints may spool, hang, and never print.

4. Due to the age of this printer, print speeds can be extraordinarily slow.

5. The Model A is only supported with ArcMap ArcPress 8.* HP RTL (RGB) or any version of ArcPress on the command line, rtl36_rgb.

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