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Justan
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« on: September 15, 2009, 05:22:55 AM »

Hi,

I have Qimage Studio Edition v2009.209

It has been a great tool. I was doing a print job today and came across a minor problem I donít know how to resolve. I'm doing a print thatís about 23.6Ē by about 14Ē and I'm printing to a roll thatís 24Ē wide.

I've asked Qimage to center the image. It says it canít due to a printer limitation, but it's way out of what it should do, and has done before. The printer is a HP Z3100 24Ē PCL model. The top and bottom of the image are centered, while the left has about 2 mm of margin, and the right has about 7/16 inch margin. It would be nice to remove some from the 7/16th side and add it to the other side.

To look at the image in qimage display, it appears far closer to being centered than it is.

What can I do to resolve this?

Thanks in advance
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« Reply #1 on: September 15, 2009, 07:38:30 AM »

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I have Qimage Studio Edition v2009.209
This is probably not relevant to the problem but Qimage is on V2009.268 now so it's worth updating, it won't cost you anything  Wink

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The printer is a HP Z3100 24Ē PCL model
There are known "peculiarities" with the Z3100 driver and how it interacts with other programs but from what I remember, the later drivers are improved so check your version.
Hopefully, Ernst will come in here as he is the expert on using Qimage with the Z3100.
In the mean time, search on "Z3100" on this forum and there may be something to help; there have been quite a few posts related to the Z3100  Roll Eyes
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« Reply #2 on: September 15, 2009, 08:59:12 AM »

Hi,

I have Qimage Studio Edition v2009.209

It has been a great tool. I was doing a print job today and came across a minor problem I donít know how to resolve. I'm doing a print thatís about 23.6Ē by about 14Ē and I'm printing to a roll thatís 24Ē wide.

I've asked Qimage to center the image. It says it canít due to a printer limitation, but it's way out of what it should do, and has done before. The printer is a HP Z3100 24Ē PCL model. The top and bottom of the image are centered, while the left has about 2 mm of margin, and the right has about 7/16 inch margin. It would be nice to remove some from the 7/16th side and add it to the other side.

To look at the image in qimage display, it appears far closer to being centered than it is.

What can I do to resolve this?

Thanks in advance


The normal print margin (PCL3 driver) is slightly less than 0.2". Your 23.6" image width on a 24" wide roll should leave just enough for that. If you set a custom size of 24" wide in the driver you will get something like 23.7-23.6" as the maximum size for the print page above the preview window of Qimage. If you set "fit to page" for the image size the image should center with a 0.2" margin at both sides, actually a bit less than 5 mm. That is if the aspect ratio of the image fits also within the length of the print page you selected minus print margins. Check the Edit page menu.

If you added compensations on the Z3100 print margins in Qimage's Page Formatting>Page Margins you will get less space for the print page and it may offset the image.

The printer measures the right edge of the roll and the width with the sensor on the head. If the roll is slightly smaller than 24" you may have a problem. If the roll isn't straight right after inserting but still within printer tolerances you will see that in a slightly rotated image. If you print a lot of images on one print page right after the roll has been inserted you may notice that the margins have shifted between the first and the last image, the roll hadn't settled to a straight path on the first prints and the paper sensor on the head only measures the paper edge at the start of a print page.

In general: if you like to keep paper waste very low on a roll printer it usually asks for more attention and more time. Whether that is worth it is another question. I like the border + corner marks of Qimage.


met vriendelijke groeten, Ernst Dinkla

Try: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Wide_Inkjet_Printers/
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« Reply #3 on: September 15, 2009, 10:23:57 PM »

Thanks for the detailed replies! It turned out that the paper was slightly misaligned in the feed mechanism and was drifting slooowly to one side. I re-set the paper, and it was actually worse after that, so I removed the paper from the spindle, checked everything and put it all back together. It was fine after.

The learning curve continues...  Roll Eyes

Iíll check out the newer version.

Tell if you will a little more about the border and corner marks.Ö


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