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1  Technical Discussions / Computer Software / Re: New Monitor, But Confused! on: Today at 12:21:22 AM
Have you selected your monitor profile in Qimage, at the top of the Printers and Settings tab?  As long as that has the proper profile, they should look correct.  Note that if you want the thumbnails to look correct (and the live view), you'd have to rebuild thumbs (in the "View" menu) so the thumbs are rebuilt for the current monitor profile.

Regards,
Mike
2  Technical Discussions / General Photography Discussion / Re: Zoom Presentations on: June 22, 2021, 11:54:55 AM
Like other services (Netflix, YouTube, etc.), Zoom will adjust your bitrate to accommodate your upload speed.  If you have a slow upload speed, Zoom typically compresses more so that things still stay real-time but the video feed will look choppier the slower the upload speed.  They tend to just drop quality rather than lag behind.  Still images are usually easy to deal with because nothing is moving though so you may get away with it even on a slow upload.  The best way to do this is to do a test Zoom call.  You can do all sorts of calculations but you'll never really know until you test it and get the person on the other end to tell you how it looks.

Regards,
Mike
3  Technical Discussions / Printers / Re: HP Z3200ps Partial Print Issues on: June 12, 2021, 05:20:02 AM
Well, I would think there could only be one source keeping driver files open and that's likely one of HP's silly utilities.  You could try to go to Programs and Features in Windows and look for HP printer utilities and uninstall any HP apps you find.  Beyond that, I think you're getting into HP territory here and you may need help from HP or an HP specific printer forum.  A working Windows printer driver is a prerequisite for Qimage and I try to help with general driver/Windows advice but when it comes to HP printers (particularly the Z series), HP makes such a mess and has so many bugs that you may need someone with specific knowledge of that printer if you wind up in the tangled web that HP weaves.

The only person here who has enough experience with all the bugs and non-standard behavior of the HP Z series printers is Ernst.  If he's around, maybe he has some ideas.

Mike
4  Technical Discussions / Printers / Re: HP Z3200ps Partial Print Issues on: June 12, 2021, 03:29:02 AM
This is not specific to the Z3200 but applies to all Windows 10 printers:

Open Printers and Scanners in Windows.
Click on the printer you want to uninstall and click "Remove device".
Then click "Print server properties" on the right (blue text link).
Click on the "Drivers" tab on the top of the print server properties.
Click on the driver you want to uninstall and click "Remove".

If there are multiple Z3200 drivers installed, you may have to repeat the above for all of them.

Mike
5  Technical Discussions / Printers / Re: HP Z3200ps Partial Print Issues on: June 12, 2021, 02:31:57 AM
If switching to USB confused the HP driver(s) that badly, you might want to uninstall all Z3200 drivers and just install the one you want to use.  Then hold the shift key while opening Qimage so it resets everything.  At that point, on Qimage's Printers and Settings tab, click the "Reset preferences to printer defaults" button to the right of the Properties button, then choose "All".  That will cause Qimage to "forget" all prior setups that might be based on an old driver or your old connection type and you can use the driver you installed (proveded that driver is working correctly).

Mike
6  Technical Discussions / Printers / Re: HP Z3200ps Partial Print Issues on: June 10, 2021, 11:29:34 PM
Yeah, HP's driver installation is a mess.  As I remember, the PCL3 driver "unzips" a bunch of files, one of which is an INF file that you use to install that driver.  I know you tried that route for the current driver, but maybe try it for the PCL3 driver... provided you can locate the files.

But I have to say it is starting to sound like a communication issue with the printer.  If HP's print preview shows the whole page but it only prints part of it, that's typically an indication that the driver has what it needs and knows how to print it, but something is preventing the data from reaching the printer.  At that point, the usual recommended route is to try another cable or switch interfaces: if you are using ethernet, switch to USB... and if you are using USB, try the ethernet connection.

Regards,
Mike
7  Technical Discussions / Printers / Re: HP Z3200ps Partial Print Issues on: June 10, 2021, 12:26:06 PM
First thing's first.  When the memory in the printer gets corrupted, it can corrupt the driver settings that Qimage retains on startup.  So the first thing to try is resetting those.  Hold the shift key while you click the "Properties" button on the Printers and Settings tab in Qimage.  That will reset the printer driver to new default values and open the driver settings dialog.  Then, while still in the driver dialog, set up all your settings as appropriate for your media size, paper type, quality, and color management settings.  After that, don't load any saved jobs or printer setups: just try to add your print(s) and print.

If the above doesn't fix the problem, you can try installing one of the other Z3200 drivers.  You're using the PS driver per your screen shot so you could download and try the PCL 3 driver and/or the HPGL2 driver: HP provides all three drivers on their support site:

https://support.hp.com/us-en/drivers/selfservice/hp-designjet-z3200-photo-printer-series/3737540

Regards,
Mike
8  Mike's Software / Qimage Ultimate / Re: White border wrap canvas - size miss-match. on: June 09, 2021, 08:30:38 PM
Is there anything in the second border value, or is it zero?  Also, when adding a border, do you have the B+ box checked?  If only B is selected, Qimage will shrink the image (border inside size).

Regards,
Mike
9  Mike's Software / Qimage Ultimate / Re: Border keeps printing pale blue - despite white being selected ? on: June 09, 2021, 08:28:23 PM
Could be a color management issue.  Are you using a printer profile?  Two things that can cause this are a bad printer profile or choosing "Absolute Colorimetric" for the rendering intent.  It might also be good to print a test image: one that has a gradient from black to white.  See if the whites in your photos also print pale blue.  If so, that's more of an indication of a color management problem.

Regards,
Mike
10  Forum Rules, Status, and Info / Forum Feedback, Status, Issues, etc. / MOVED: Border keeps printing pale blue - despite white being selected ? on: June 09, 2021, 08:25:45 PM
This topic has been moved to Qimage Ultimate.

http://ddisoftware.com/tech/index.php?topic=4115.0
11  Mike's Software / Qimage Ultimate / Re: Gridlines sometimes showing on final print on: June 03, 2021, 05:43:49 PM
OK.  No problem.  This happens because the cracked versions are ones where the "hacker" tries to take the demo and modify it to remove limitations (4 prints, one print session, etc.).  That doesn't work and will eventually cause memory problems because the demo wasn't designed to be unlimited: wrong size memory structures, etc.

Regards,
Mike
12  Mike's Software / Qimage Ultimate / Re: Gridlines sometimes showing on final print on: June 03, 2021, 09:24:35 AM
This happens when trying to use a cracked copy of Qimage.  None of the cracked copies will work properly.  If you buy the registered version, this will not happen.

Regards,
Mike
13  Mike's Software / Profile Prism / Re: IT-8 Target 1&2 on: June 01, 2021, 10:40:00 AM
It may be a limitation of using a scanner with a fluorescent light source.  Those can cause metamerism since the light source is not full spectrum.  Scanners with LED light sources produce a more consistent result.

Regards,
Mike
14  Technical Discussions / Printers / Re: HP Z Size output Challenge on: June 01, 2021, 10:37:12 AM
8x10 will only have an asterisk if the roll length is not long enough to fit an 8x10.  What is the page size listed above the live view?  Try increasing the roll (page) length in the driver.

Regards,
Mike
15  Technical Discussions / Printers / Re: Can't print from Mac Mojave to Canon Pro 4100 on: May 21, 2021, 04:29:03 PM
In my limited experience with Parallels on a Mac, I can only suggest uninstalling the Windows driver, downloading the latest Windows driver from Canon, and reinstalling the Windows driver.  Having a working Windows driver in the Windows environment is the most important connection when running Parallels.  Beyond that, you just have to hope macOS (Parallels) can talk to the Windows driver and some update didn't break that.

Regards,
Mike
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