Jun 20

Double-sided

Quite often I receive  a document to print double sided but I receive it as two single PDF files.  Other times I have two  documents that came from two different applications (for example one from pages and one from numbers)  and I want to print them back-to-back on one piece of paper using my double sided printer.  Here’s how to print to PDF files together using OS X Preview.

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Jan 05

xerox

I have a Docucentre C4350 Fuji Xerox printer which does not have postscript installed. The normal drivers from Fuji assume you have Postscript installed. Here’s how to get the non-postscript printer going. Continue reading »

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May 23

A font is a particular style of text, like ‘Helvetica’ or ‘Times’.

Sometimes you might make a keynote presentation on one computer, but then you copy it to a different computer, and it doesn’t display properly. This may be because the font you used is not on the second computer. A font is not included in a document when you save it.  If the new computer doesn’t have the right font, it won’t be able to display your text properly. It will try to substitute a different font, which may not look good! This means if you are using a strange font, you may need to copy the font to the new computer. Here’s how.

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Feb 14

100% Black is not the blackest black! There are different blacks.  You need to understand them if you want to get the best out of your printer. Here’s how to choose which ‘black’ to use and why!

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Feb 02

Apple has introduced a ‘print’ button onto iPads, iPhones and iPods to allow you to print directly to a printer from your iOS device. Unfortunately  you need a special AirPrint enabled printer. Thankfully there is an application called ‘Handyprint’ that allows you to print to any printer, here’s where to get it and how to use it.

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Dec 30

If you have ever designed a colour document on your computer and then printed it out on your inkjet or laser printer you may have noticed that the colours come out slightly different.  This is partly to do with the fact that  printing with ink on a piece of paper is a different process to creating colour on a computer monitor,  but it is possible to calibrate your monitor so that the colours match up as closely as they can.  This article gives you some tips on basic monitor colour calibration.

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Oct 14

There appears to be a compatibility issue with Mac OSX lion and lots of printers.   (Talked about here on the apple support pages)  The printer may or may not work properly, but you will get an error that says “The optical photoconductor needs to be replaced.”

When I try to print on my new Fuji Xerox document C4350 last week I got an error saying “The optical photoconductor needs to be replaced.” and the printer would not even print.  If you play around with a different print setting (e.g. USB, Jetdirect, LPD, IPP) you may be able to get the printer working (still with the error!) till Apple repairs the problem. Here’s how I got my Xerox printer working. Continue reading »

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