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printing to HP455CA using pdf's and OSX



There have been many posts about printing to a plotter using pdf's in OSX. The following are results and problems that occur in our office. If anyone has reccomendations for the problems, we would greatly appreciate it.

Our network consists of 6 client macs (all running OSX and VW 9.5), a file server (running osX) a print server (running OS 9.2 and HP 455CA Rip software) and an HP 455CA plotter connected to the network via an external HP jet direct.

As many people w/ the 455CA plotter have discovered, we are not able to print to the plotter directly out of VW without getting PS errors. We CAN print to the plotter natively in OSX by generating PDF files and printing directly out of Acrobat. However, the following problems are occurring with our physical output:

1. Fills with lines in them print as a solid grey even though they appear correct in the pdf file. Hatches print correctly.

2. Images imported into VW print out as solid grey even though they appear correct in the pdf file.

We are so close to having a completely native OSX network---if only we could only resolve these glitches. Recommendations much appreciated.

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