HP DesignJet Z6100 Poster Printing Instructions for a Macintosh
All posters printed on the DesignJet Z6100 Poster Printer are first
by an Onyx Graphics print station (RIP). You need to send your
PostScript file to the Onyx Graphics RIP to be rendered for the
printer. (You can not print directly to the printer.) To be able to
send the PostScript file, you
optain the Onyx Graphics printer description file that matches our
setup for the HP DesignJet Z6100. Do not use the HP DesignJet Z6100
Printer description file that comes on your Mac.
Download the PPD File
Obtain PPD file
Before you set up your printer for the HP DesignJet Z6100, you must
download the Onyx Graphics
PostScript printer description file and move it to the correct
on your Macintosh:
Move it to your printer resources folder: /Library/Printers/PPDs/Contents/Resources/en.lproj/.
Add the HP DesignJet Z6100 to your printer list
The Adobe PostScript print driver is already installed as part of
OS X, and if you have installed the PPD in the correct location, you
are ready add the HP DesignJet Z6100 to your printer list.
Use the "Printer Setup Utility" to add the HP DesignJet Z6100 to your
list. Here is the
information you need to know to fill in the form for OS 10.5 and later:
HP DesignJet Z6100
From the dropdown menu select "Other" and browse to the printer resources folder to select the HP DesignJet Z6100 PPD file.
Following is the window as it appears if you have not updated to OS 10.5 (Leopard). Click "Add" to add the HP DesignJet Z6100 to your
Create your Poster
Design your poster project with the correct paper size using the
application of your choice. Below is an example for creating a poster
using PowerPoint. Although Powerpoint was not designed for poster
production, many people have the product and are happy with its results.
Create a project in Powerpoint
The HP Z6100
prints documents converted to PostScript files as they pass through the
Onyx RIP station.
Open a new PowerPoint document.
Choose "Page Setup" from the "File" menu.
From the "Slides Sized For" pull-down menu, choose "Custom" and
enter your poster's dimensions.
Design your poster and save it in case you need to make
Preview Your Poster
There are two options for previewing your poster:
Print Menu Preview Button
From your application's "Print" menu, click the "Preview" button.
This shows you a preview of your poster as a PDF file.
Save as PDF
From your application's "Print" menu, click the "Save As PDF"
and give the file a ".pdf" extension or use Adobe Acrobat distiller to
save your poster file as a PDF file.
If you are using specialized fonts to produce your poster and those
fonts are not installed on the HP Z6100, you must have Adobe Acrobat on your
system and make sure that your fonts are embedded in the poster file.
you have layered PDF files, choose the "compress" option in Acrobat
before sending them to the printer.
Print Your Poster
Once you have previewed your file, you
have two options for printing it:
Bring it to the
Smith computing site for printing.
Print directly from your computer to the HP
DesignJet Z6100 printer through the Onyx Graphics print station (RIP).
Note: If your page-size
height is less than 42", turn transverse
printing on. To do this:
From the File menu of your application, click "Print."
Select the "HPZ6100_DJRIP" printer.
From the "Copies & Pages" pull-down menu, select "Printer
On the "Printer Features" screen, from the "Feature Sets"
pull-down menu, select "Set 1."
From the "Print Transverse" pull-down menu, select "On."
You can select "Copies and Pages" from the pull-down menu to choose
more options or
Click "OK" to print your poster through the Onyx Graphics print
After you send your poster to the printer, you will have to release the print job to have the