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HP Design Jet 430

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I'm sure it's been covered here before, but haven't found it anywhere. We're running the latest VectorWorks, with the latest OSX updates on imacs , through a PC (parallel port) to a DesignJet 430....Printing quality of our Vectorworks drawings since switching over to MAC are horrendous, through the same plotter. We used to run an older version of VectorWorks, on PC's, and lineweights and quality was fine.

It's marginally better if we change the Document preferences to "black & white only" before sending it to plot, but this seems like an extra step that shouldn't be necessary, Being a little more unfamiliar with macs and the printing preferences, maybe there is something completely simple I am overlooking...

Help??/

Thanks!

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Have you tried the "rasterize" option in th VW's portion of the PRINT window??? It helps for me :-)

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Our OSX office prints to two HP430s and we get good lineweights. We have other problems (very slow, lots of patterns don't print). Rasterize does solve some of these problems, but compounds others (speed takes another big hit).

We always switch to B&W only before printing.

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smithandcostudio; What exactly is it in your output that you consider "horrendous"?

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similar to Drake, the "rasterize" option fixed some, but was really really slow.

Before upgrading we were on an older version 8, and had no problems with the same plotter whatsoever.

I guess by "horrendous" I mean in contrast to the old plots from V8. They were sharp, clean and all patterns etc plotted as well.

Now we also switch to Black and White only for plots, and it helps lineweights somewhat (never had to print with that option on before though), but lines are muddled sometimes to the point of looking like they were drawn with a dull pencil rather than an ink pen.

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Originally posted by smithandcostudio:

... but lines are muddled sometimes to the point of looking like they were drawn with a dull pencil rather than an ink pen.

If you mean to say that the blacks are grey instead of black, there is a solution. You can adjust the densities of the colors, including black.

My 455 was printing a little grey. The lines did not have the "snap" that I expected. I simply made the black denser and all is well.

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HP430 with 8mb ram( from old laserwriter) , Centronix>USB, with GIMP HP430 Driver ... works great ...

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Hi

If you check the support page for the design jet printers at hp you will see that there is big fat Zero support for the older HP plotters. We have a 488ca and have the same problem. Gimp print under os x at least allows us to keep using the printer, but it is worth noting that it was developed by unpaid enthusiasts and not HP or apple. So we have to put up with it in the mean time, as apple considers things like desktop widgets a higher priority than making stuff work for their professional users. Which is a bit rude considering that we were the ones who stuck with them through the beige computer years. RANT RANT RANT.

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my 455 works just fine with osx 10.3 & 10.2 thanks to gimp print... and in 10.3 apple was nice enough to supply gimp drivers right in the os ! Just went to the printcenter and there it was ! couldn't be more simple. thanks apple for plug & play with a unsupported old wide format hp plotter which Hp doesn't even support anymore. I think apple should be congratulated on doing something that hp or microsoft for taht matter would never do. rant, rant, rant

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I agree with Kurt. My 455 works just fine too. Seriously, what more could one ask for. OS10.3 recognizes a plotter that is over 7 years old.

Now if Batch Print would work with Adobe Acrobat 7.0 Pro, I would really be a happy man.

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