Nov 04

I have a Fuji – Xerox A3 printer that can staple and fold, but sometimes the paper curls up and so the printer doesn’t staple properly. I just discovered this fantastic tip from the Fuji Xerox website which has solved my problem so I thought I’d pass it on.

Paper should be fed with the grain direction parallel to the feed path. That is, a long grain A4 should be fed “long edge feed”. If you are not sure on the grain direction, simply tear a corner off one sheet, lick it and it will curl parallel to the grain direction.

 

I was feeding all my A4 pages long edge first, so that they came out sideways. This is the default way that my printer feeds. (It is an A3 printer and so it prints A4 pages sideways.) The printer prints faster this way because the page is shorter in the direction of travel.

But I did not realise that this is printing ‘against the grain’ and is what causes the paper to curl. I started printing lengthways and it’s a great improvement, especially when it’s a bit humid.

This only applies if you are printing with a laser printer because it heats up the page. This would not be an issue for an inkjet printer.  If you have an A4 printer this will probably not be an issue either because it can only print lengthways on a4  piece of paper.

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Sep 12

Many printer manufacturers have a built in counter on the drum cartridge in their laster printers. This is so that the drum cartridge will get replaced at a regular interval and remain in good condition. The drum can in many cases continue to function a long time after the counter has expired. It is possible to reset the counter in the drum cartridge to extend it’s life. Then you can wait until there are marks or faded patches on the printed pages before you replace the cartridge. In some cases I have been able to reset the drum cartridge 3 times, extending the life of my cartridge to 400,000 copies instead of the the recommended 100,000.

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Mar 01

 

It can be a bit of a pain trying to print from you iOS devices or an Android phone.  Apple have helped by introducing Airprint,  but not all printers support Airprint so in some ways this has made the problem worse.  Yet again Google have come to the rescue. Google allow you to set up any of your printers as a ‘Google cloud printer.’  Here’s how.

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Sep 21

system_4.0

You may remember back in the day of Macintosh SE, System 6,  Apple ImageWriter,  Claris Works  and so on that you could print across several pages easily and make a banner.  That beautiful feature is completely missing from OS X, even though we are now up to OS X version 10!

There is a way to print across multiple pages though.  Save  your document as a PDF file, open it in Acrobat Reader (it’s free), and from there you can print it across multiple pages.

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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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