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Phil Welbourn

X-RIP & Vectorworks 10

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I've just upgraded a client from OS 8 G3 to shiny new Dual 1.4 G4, OS X 10.2.6 and Vectorworks 10 with Microspot X-RIP.

Output to his HP 430 is different from old system on new G4 - lines are thicker from new setup, although the weights are correct in the Vectorworks file. Old System prints thin hairlines etc, just fine. Fonts etc. are fine on both setups, just the vector objects are incorrect. All resolution settings in driver and Vectorworks are OK.

Do you think I have an X-RIP or a Vectorworks problem?

Any speedy help would be greatly appreciated, as my client is not wanting to move to his new system due to this flaw.

Many thanks in advance.

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The diagonal lines being heavier when printing is a product of OS 10.

XRip used to use QuickDraw for lines and since it's not available under OS 10 for rip, the diagonal lines are thicker.

THis is true for all PS printers and XRip in OS 10.

You should notice the problem in any application that does not output to the printer driver using raster printing.

[ 07-28-2003, 02:35 PM: Message edited by: Katie ]

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VW can print to HPGL2 (non-ps) printers and PS printers.

You don't need a PS only printer to print from VW.

But your printer might not be able to print from OS 10 without it.

Gimp Print may be an option for you and that printer.

I'm not completely sure if the 430 is available with Gimp Print.

[ 07-29-2003, 10:01 AM: Message edited by: Katie ]

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Phil;

I have been using Gimp Print on a HP 455CA. using OS10.2.6 and OS10.2.3. It works fine, but does take more time than the HP RIP under OS9.

It is a free download. Good luck.

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