Large Format Printers Supported by SmartWorks Pro
SmartWorks Pro Large Format Printer Driver Support
Using Windows™ Printer Drivers
The SmartWorks Pro Copier and Scan and Copy products allow the user to print scanned images or make direct copies to a printer in two different ways. Any printer with an installed Windows™ printer driver can be used successfully with SmartWorks Pro and Windows™ drivers provide excellent print control and color management of the print or copy using the manufacturer’s own ICC profiles. If the driver is configured taking full advantage of the draft and speed settings for faster printing, these drivers can demonstrate outstanding quality and speed in color, sufficient for a busy CAD office. They are not however always very speed efficient for full color large format printing at resolutions above 300dpi. Paper size settings in the driver must also be carefully configured to avoid paper wastage whenever the size of the original at the scanner or input file side is altered.
Using Colortrac Internal Printer Drivers
In many cases the internal drivers written by Colortrac begin to send data to the printer while the scanner is still scanning and there is also no requirement for the operator to change the paper size set in the printer driver to match the input. These two characteristics make the internal driver more attractive. With many internal drivers the operator can choose between RGB (where no profiling is required) and CMYK mode which creates an ICC profile based on the inks and media loaded in the printer at the time. Internal drivers tend to be faster for full color printing work at print resolutions above 300dpi. As already mentioned, printing at lower print resolutions from a Windows™ driver can often be faster once the printer begins to print, making the overall time for a run of copies very competitive with internal driver performance. The range of internal printer drivers available from Colortrac is gradually being extended but if your printer is not listed it’s always worth trying the driver for a model in the same product group. If this does not work then you should change to using the manufacturer’s Windows printer driver by locally installing it. To use any Colortrac internal printer driver the Windows printer driver for the printer must be locally installed on the computer running SmartWorks Pro.
At the moment Colortrac have internal drivers for the following manufacturers’ printers.
Canon, Encad, Epson, Hewlett Packard and Mutoh.