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Banner Printing checklist

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If you are compiling continuous logs and are having problems getting a banner printout without margins (gaps) at the page breaks, here's a checklist of items to confirm:

1. Be sure your printer is set up for banner printing: Go to the Windows Control Panel | Printers, right-click on your printer model, and choose Properties. Click on Printing Preferences. The settings will vary from printer to printer, but typically you can define a standard paper size (such as letter-sized) but with a paper source as Banner. (For example, in my Epson Stylus Color 3000 window, the Paper Size is set to 8.5 x 11, and the Paper Source is set to "Manual Feed (Banner)"). What this means is that the printer will output the letter-sized pages continuously, with no margins at page top or bottom; it will basically chain the sheets continuously. Not all printers - very few, actually - are capable of banner printing!

2. Reopen your LPT file, repaginate, and print: (if you need to recompile, go to #3)

a. In LogPlot, open a blank LogView window (File | New | LogView).

b. Select File | Open with Page Dimensions. Browse for your continuous LPT file, and choose Open.

c. In the Page Setup window verify the following:

i. Your banner printer is listed under Printer Info, at the top. If not, click the Printers button to select that printer.

ii. The "Page =" dimensions shown near the top are equal to those for the default paper size you established under #1, above. This represents the physical paper size.

iii. The "Printable Length =" is the same as the page length. THIS IS IMPORTANT. This is how you can verify that the printer driver is telling LogPlot that there isn't supposed to be any top or bottom margin on the pages. (The Printable Width isn't important in this context.) If the Printable Length does not equal the page length, then the printer has not been set up properly in banner mode. Go back to #1.

iv. The Page Settings | Length = Printable Length, and the Page Settings | Width = Printable Width. This tells LogPlot to make the log's page equal to the Printable page from above. If not, you can click Set Default Size to set the log page to be equal to the printable page.

d. Click OK and the program will repaginate your continuous log and display it on the screen.

e. Choose File | Print, be sure (again) that the right printer name is displayed, and click OK.

3. If you need to recompile your log and then print, follow these steps:

a. Go to the Design tab and open your log design file (LDFX or LDF) as necessary.

b. Select File | Page + Printer Setup. Verify the following:

i. Your banner printer is listed under Printer Info, at the top. If not, click the Printers button to select that printer.

ii. The "Page =" dimensions shown near the top are equal to those for the default paper size you established under #1, above. This represents the physical paper size.

iii. The "Printable Length =" is the same as the page length. THIS IS IMPORTANT. This is how you can verify that the printer driver is telling LogPlot that there isn't supposed to be any top or bottom margin on the pages. (The Printable Width isn't important in this context.) If the Printable Length does not equal the page length, then the printer has not been set up properly in banner mode. Go back to #1.

iv. The Page Settings | Length = Printable Length, and the Page Settings | Width = Printable Width. This tells LogPlot to make the log's page equal to the Printable page from above. If not, you can click Set Default Size to set the log page to be equal to the printable page.

c. Click OK.

d. Save the changes to the log design.

e. Click in the Data tab and open your DAT file if necessary.

f. Compile the log, being sure that Continuous Output is selected in the Header + Footer tab of the Compile window.

g. When the log is displayed in the LogView window, choose File | Print and be sure that the correct printer name is displayed. Click OK to send the print job.

Molly

RockWare Inc.

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