About Configuring Hewlett-Packard HP-GL Plotters
Hewlett-Packard HP-GL plotters are supported through an RS-232C serial I/O port.
Set the Hewlett-Packard plotters at 9600 baud with 7 data bits, 1 stop bit, and even
Hard Clip Limits
The 7580, 7585, 7586, DraftPro DXL/EXL, DraftMaster I, 7586B, and 7596A plotters
return hard clip limits to the program. These limits require two-way communication
between the program and the plotter. The plotter sends the program the installed paper’s
exact plot area so that the program can position the plot on the paper based on the
actual sheet size. If you turn off the program’s request for hard clip limits, the
program positions the plot based on the configured paper size. In most cases, if you
turn off hard clip limits, you must adjust the configured paper size to reflect the
actual printable area of the device. Otherwise, your plot may be clipped. You can
adjust the location of the plot on the paper by changing the plot origin.
If your plot is sent through the print spooler of the operating system, the program’s
request for hard clip limits is turned off because of a conflict with a system printer
or because you are plotting to a network port. If you see a warning message, you may
have to adjust your configured paper size and plot origin.
The program sends the plot to the currently configured port in the same manner that
it sends the plot to a file. After the plot is sent, you can plot directly to plotter
buffers or over networks.
HP-GL Long-Axis Plots
For roll-fed media, HP-GL devices limit the frame height. Frame height varies with
roll width. You must perform a long-axis plot to plot more than the frame height.
The program determines whether a long-axis plot is necessary when you configure to
use a long-axis paper size and when you create a long-axis plot paper size using the
Add Paper Size wizard in the Plotter Configuration Editor.
The driver sends all vectors to the plotter buffer or hard disk. The pen plotters
automatically advance the page to plot each frame.
Follow the instructions in the Hewlett-Packard user’s VCade. For long-axis, multiframe
plotting, you need a black 0.3 mm fiber-tip pen (for plotter paper) or a 0.35 mm drafting
pen (for vellum or polyester film) in pen stall 8. Only these pens enable the plotter
to detect the registration marks used for frame-to-frame alignment.
When you create a long-axis plot with the 7586B roll-feed plotter, the Out of Limit
light comes on occasionally. Generally this is a result of the interaction between
the program and plotter when plotting very large drawings.
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