First and foremost the maximum page size for the plotter is 36 inches by 120 inches, standard posters are 36″ by 48″.
You must remember to have the correct page size when creating your plot in whatever environment you are working in
The Tektronix 600 cannot print plots to the very edge of the paper, we recommend that 1/2″ margins are used around the extent of your plot
The cost of printing a plot is $30 (for a standard 36″ by 48″), payment can be made to one of the Senior Lab Instructors at the GIS Lab
If there are multiple plots to print it is best that we have all of them at once, as there is a fixed cost to warming up the plotter
In general, the lab can print any file format (we recommend CorelDraw, contact us to make sure we have the software for the format you are using)
We recommend you bring the original file to us (i.e. do not print to postscript incase some minor changes have to be made)
-i.e. is the plot was created in powerpoint (ppt) bring that file to us and we will print a postscript file here.
Use standard fonts to ensure that the GIS Lab will have the same fonts you have used
Printing a plot requires a fixed amount of time, at bare minimum it is best to give us the plot at least one full working day before the plot is required, but to be safe two or three days is recommended (in case revisions are needed on the plot).
When setting up the plot remember that the maximum resolution of the Tektronix 600 is 300dpi, giving us a plot with higher resolution imagery will result in more time to print, but will not result in higher quality.
The posters printed with the Tektronix 600 are printed with a wax type colour. They can be laminated, but the company doing the lamination will have to be provided with special instructions, contract a senior lab instructor for these instructions if laminations need to be done.
The Tektronix 600 can handle file sizes of up to one gigabyte (in postscript format). In practice, all plots should be smaller than this, unless they are composed of many high-resolution images (satellite imagery, aerial photos, etc).
If you are preparing a plot for the Tektronix it is good practice to let us know when you expect to give it to us and when you need it by, if you have any questions, contact one of the Senior Lab Instructors, (with subject Tektronix Plots):
Ping Bai, email@example.com
Scott Emmons, firstname.lastname@example.org