Original Article Date: July 16, 1999
This article lists the most commonly used HewlettPackard (HP) printers/plotters and the MicroStation plotter driver to use to produce the best results.
The following tables list commonly used HewlettPackard (HP) printers/plotters and the MicroStation plotter driver to use to produce the best printing/plotting results. See note at bottom for printing/plotting images. Note:PRINTER.PLT may be used to access the installed Windows system printer/plotter drivers under any Windows platform running MicroStation 95 or MicroStation SE and the Macintosh platform running MicroStation 95 or MicroStation V5.
HP DesignJet PlottersSee Legend below
HP LaserJet PrintersSee Legend below
LaserJet 5Si MX
LaserJet 5Si NX
Color LaserJet 5
Color LaserJet 5M
1 = Driver may be used for this device.2 = May be used if PostScript option is installed on printer.3 = May be used for plotting gray scale only, not full color.M = Drivers for monochrome plotting.C = Drivers for color/gray scale plotting.
Image Plotting When plotting images, use the HPGLRTL.plt for best results and plot files smaller than those created with HPGL2 drivers. PostScript drivers (PS650C.plt, PSC650C.plt, PSCRIPT.plt, PSCRIPTC.plt) also give quality image output, but can create large plot files. These files are not limited to just image plotting, as they will plot vector data with high quality also. HPGL2 drivers (HPDJET.plt and HP650C.plt) plot vector data very well, but images plotted with the HPGL2 drivers will be grainy and may result in large plot files. HPLJET4V.plt and HPPCL5.plt will produce quality image output.Note:Images will not plot correctly with any driver unless the "hardware_raster/resolution=300" line in the .plt file is un commented. This is done by removing the semi-colon (;) at the beginning of the line. The wording of this line may vary slightly in some files (i.e. "software_raster/resolution=32").
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