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TOPIC: Cutting to shared plotter

Cutting to shared plotter 7 months 3 weeks ago #5570

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I was wondering if there was a way to cut to a shared plotter in Signlab or the VPM.

I have the plotter in my Devices and Printers list



but it doesn't show up in the ports list in either Singlab plotting defaults or in the VPM installation wizard



Just wondering if this was possible, and you guys sometimes have hacks for stuff like this. It would be nice to be able to use the VPM on my computer instead of hassling my co-worker to cut stuff for me.
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Cutting to shared plotter 7 months 1 week ago #5594

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The easiest way to do this would be through the VPM on the PC local to the cutter, set the VPM to cut immediately, then you can setup the cutter with the correct material and then send the cut directly without input from your colleague.

You might be able to cut via the windows driver, but you will have to create a new queue and choose to install a GDI printer (Windows printer), you should then see the graphtec as a printer and be able to create a queue for it. I've not tried this so it might be a wild goose chase.
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Cutting to shared plotter 7 months 1 week ago #5598

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Thanks for the response Ray. I know about the cut immediately setting but I don't really like using it because I like to load up the queue so I can move to a new file and just process the queue. Also I haven't found a setting in the VPM to auto-rotate to fit media width. It may be there but I haven't seen it. I like having the second chance to check that I didn't send it to cut facing the wrong direction.

I tried the GDI printer suggestion but the plotter doesn't show up in the list so it may be a goose chase indeed.

Ultimately I'd like to just have two VPM queues one on each workstation that can cut to the same plotter. Is there a fundamental difference between a shared printer queue and a shared plotter queue? The software doesn't seem to have an issue printing to a shared laser/inkjet desktop printer.

This may all be a moot point, though, as we are considering purchasing a second plotter and that would eliminate this whole situation.

I talked to the guys at the Cadlink ISA booth last week and they said that you can cut to a shared plotter that is connected to the network directly via Ethernet over tcp/ip, and that it's the USB connection that is the problem. The Graphtec FC5100-75 doesn't have that option though so in the meantime I'm stuck trying to sort out the best workflow for our situation.
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Cutting to shared plotter 1 month 2 weeks ago #5830

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Hi,
I have/had exactly the same problem. We have two installations and the odd thing is that at one installation the spooler does see the (three) plotters and shows the USB ports on which they are connected but that on the other system (btw both of the PC's to which they are attached are brand new and bought and installed on the same day) they USB ports don't show up. I've even tried to edit the settings file for the spooler but aside from giving the queues different names etc I cannot add the USB ports... I this a bug in the spooler or...?
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