Xerox Splash PCI Ver.6.0 Interface Card Setup Manual PDF

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Summary of Content for Xerox Splash PCI Ver.6.0 Interface Card Setup Manual PDF

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We, Splash Technology, Inc... , declare under our sole responsibility that the Splash products to which this declaration relates are in conformity with the following standards or other normative documents:

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Page 4 Splash PCI Series v6... 0 Set-Up Manual

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Setting Up TCP/IP and Novell NetWare Client Printing ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... 23

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Increasing the Maximum Number of Jobs That Can Be in the Print Queues ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... 64

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Index... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... 69

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Page 8 Splash PCI Series v6... 0 Set-Up Manual

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CPSI software (Configurable PostScript Interpreter Raster Image Processor) converts Level 1, 2, and Level 3 PostScript code into a pixel-by-pixel page description that the printer/copier uses to print an image... The open platform Macintosh architecture enables you to use virtually all commercially available Macintosh hardware and software applications with Splash, including color management systems and a variety of media input devices...

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Direct IPX printing... Provides an easy way for computers connected to a Novell NetWare server to print to Splash... You do not need to install AppleTalk connection software... Splash creates a native Novell IPX connection from the Splash Server to the Novell server... Once set up and activated, it operates automatically to send print jobs to the Splash Server each time a Novell client computer prints to the Splash print queue on the Novell NetWare server... Splash IPX printing is simple to set up and supports all Novell Ethernet frame types... See the chapter Setting Up TCP/IP and NetWare Direct Printing to Splash in the

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Save as TIFF... This feature enables designers to send a file to the Splash Server and then to view a bitmap of the processed file without leaving their workstations... Combined with separations support, this enables a designer to view overprint and trapping effects during the design process, without the need to actually make a print and go to the printer/copier to retrieve it... Most DTP applications do not enable these effects to be viewed directly on the screen in the application... This can significantly increase productivity during the design process...

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Look Ahead Routing... This smart look-ahead capability determines if there are any other files in the queue before yours... If not, then the Splash Server will immediately begin to RIP your file... If another file is ahead of yours, the Splash Server automatically spools your file... Multiple files can be received by the Server at the same time... Jobs are placed in the print queue in the order in which they have completed spooling... This prevents large jobs from blocking smaller jobs that are sent to the Server at the same time...

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IMPORTANT: All of the sections and procedures that appear in this manual assume that the Xerox printer/copier has been correctly installed, and is currently functioning as a copier... In addition, the Xerox IFU Port Kit, part number 98K32870, must be installed in the Xerox MajestiK, Regal, or DocuColor Series copier by a Xerox Service Representative... The IFU Port Kit provides the connection port necessary for the Splash Server...

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The Splash Acquire and Export plug-ins require Adobe Photoshop v4... 0 or later to operate... Other applications that support Adobe Photoshop plug-ins may work with Splash Acquire and Export, but have not been tested with the Splash Server...

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1... The Page Setup options available in each application come from the custom Splash printer driver... When a file is sent to print, the printer driver converts the commands generated by the application into PostScript code...

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In certain geographical areas, such as the Asia/Pacific region, the printer/copier is sold as the Xerox Acolor printer/copier... In other areas, the printer/copier is sold as the Xerox MajestiK, Regal, or DocuColor printer/copier... The hardware and soft- ware described in this manual are compatible with and operate in the same way on any of these printer/copiers... We refer to the MajestiK, the Regal, the DocuColor, and the Acolor as the printer/copier throughout this manual... For more informa- tion about the MajestiK, Regal, DocuColor, or Acolor Color Series, refer to the manuals provided with your printer/copier...

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This section explains how to unpack and connect the Splash Server... If you are familiar with installing and connecting a Macintosh computer, parts of this section will serve as a review... However, you should read this entire section carefully to be sure that your Splash Server will function correctly on the network...

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Make sure that the Xerox MajestiK, Regal, DocuColor, or Acolor copier is properly installed and connected, and that it is loaded with Letter or A4 size paper... Use the MajestiK, Regal, DocuColor, or Acolor as a photocopier to make sure that it is turned on and functioning correctly...

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The Splash Server application runs normally when the Splash Key is connected to the keyboard cable... To prevent unauthorized printing, shut down the Splash Server CPU and remove the Splash Key from the keyboard cable... This locks the Splash Server application until the Splash Key is replaced on the keyboard cable...

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4... Enter your name, the name of your company, and the serial number for the Splash Server software... The serial number is located on the back side of the Splash CD-ROM jewel case... Look for a number with the SMT prefix... The serial number field only accepts numeric values

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6... To complete setup for the Splash Server, choose Preferences from the Server menu... The Splash Server Preferences appear...

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To avoid problems printing to Regal, Acolor 93x series, or DocuColor 5799 copiers from Splash, you must disable the Automatic Tray Switching feature of these copiers... To do this:

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Installing the Splash Plug-Ins for Adobe Photoshop Your Splash Server provides plug-in software for use with Adobe Photoshop 4... 0 or later... The Splash Acquire plug-in allows you to use the Xerox or Fuji Xerox printer/ copier as a scanner... The plug-in adds the command, Splash Acquire to the Acquire submenu in Adobe Photoshop... When you choose the Splash Acquire command, Splash scans the image that is placed on the printer/copier platen... You can apply color correction to the scanned image, crop, rotate, and set the resolution for the image, then save it as an Adobe Photoshop file...

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The Splash Acquire and Export plug-ins are located in the Splash Folder on the Splash Server... Open the Splash Extras folder, then open the Photoshop Plug-in folder to find the Splash Acquire and Splash Export plug-ins... To install the plug-ins move them to the folder where your other Adobe Photoshop plug-ins are located... Usually, this is the Acquire/Export folder within the Plug-ins folder... However, if you used the Preferences command in Adobe Photoshop to move your plug-ins to a different folder, drag the Splash plug-ins to this new folder...

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Remove unused jobs spooled for printing... This can be done at the Splash Server or from a Client Macintosh with the Splash Status DA (see the on-line manual Printing to Splash From a Macintosh for information)... If the optional Splash Web Queue Manager is enabled for your server any client computer can delete spool files stored at the Splash Server... A print job placed on hold consumes disk space... The Hold queue of the Splash Server is designed for short-term use...

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When choosing the size of an external hard disk drive, consider the network printing demands of the Splash Server... For example, if the network has 10 users who commonly print Adobe Photoshop files that are 30MB in size, the result is 300MB of storage space that is in constant use for print spooling... In this case, a 500MB hard disk drive is the minimum size required for a disk upgrade...

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Once you have connected a suitable hard disk drive to the Splash Server, you must transfer the Splash Server files to the new drive... If you have the optional Color Central Lite application, transfer this to the new drive also... This causes the external drive to be used to spool and store files...

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As shipped by Adobe, the Adobe Photoshop memory partition is set to 13 MB... For optimum performance, RAM available to Adobe Photoshop should be three times the size of the image file... For example, when working with a 10MB image file, Adobe Photoshop should have 30MB of RAM available... If there is not sufficient RAM available, Photoshop will temporarily store the color image data on the hard disk drive instead of RAM... This reduces performance for Adobe Photoshop when used for image processing...

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Note that all of the individual hardware and software components included with the Splash Server have separate users manuals... If you are having a problem with a particular component (such as the display), you should refer to the manual for that component for more complete troubleshooting information...

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The Splash Server application requires that several system extension files be present in the Extensions folder within the System Folder, or the server application will not open... A different error message appears for each required Splash extension file that is missing:

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Splash Server On-Line Manuals Electronic versions of the manuals for the Splash Server are provided on the Splash Server machine... The documentation files are located in the folder named Splash On-Line Documentation, which is a network-shared folder... All files are in Adobe Acrobat format, and can be reviewed or printed using the Acrobat Reader application on your client Macintosh or Windows machine... The following on-line manuals are provided with the Splash Server:

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Starting a Log File ... 56

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Starting and Stopping the Server Application An alias for the Splash Server application is located in the Startup Items folder in the Power Macintosh System Folder... This causes the Splash Server application to open each time you start up the server computer... If desired, you can drag the Splash Server alias to another location on the computer...

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Note: An S next to a job indicates that it has been sent to the Splash server, but has not been RIPped yet, a P indicates that a preflight report is available for the job, an R indicates that the job is being received... If there is no letter next to the job, it has been RIPped, but no preflight report is available...

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If you select At the End of the Current Job in the Stop Processing dialog box, Splash moves the active job to the Waiting queue after it prints, even if the spool option selected for the job is Print and Delete...

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Click the Pages, Tray, Color, Graphic, or Extras buttons to see the print options currently selected for the job... If desired, you can change the print options for the job before it prints... For example you can change the number of copies to print, the page size, the paper tray, or color correction for the job...

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If you double-click a print job in the Waiting queue, the Splash Server places a temporary hold on the job while you view or edit job information... When you close the job information box, the server releases the job for printing... The job moves to the bottom of the Waiting queue...

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If you select the Scale to Paper Size checkbox, Splash scales the job to fit the paper size, and centers the image on the page to prevent clipping... The same scaling factor is applied both horizontally and vertically to maintain proportions for the image... When scaling, if the contents of the original page were centered, the contents of the output page will be centered... When scaling from a larger paper size to a smaller one, some clipping may occur because margins are scaled as well as page contents...

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When you place a PostScript or PDF file in the Drop Folder, Waiting queue, or Hold queue, Splash applies the default print options only if the file was not cre- ated with the Splash client printer driver...

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Note: The Default Job Settings are used if a job is received with no Splash options selected... If a job is received with some options selected, for example if you use an older version Printer Driver or PPD (not recommended), the Splash Original Defaults are used...

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To screen a print job for potential errors, select the job in the Splash Server window, then choose Preflight from the Jobs menu... The job moves temporarily to the Waiting queue for preflight processing... When preflight processing is complete, select the job in the queue and choose Show Preflight from the Jobs menu... The Preflight Results appear...

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Setting Splash Server Preferences You can customize the Splash Servers appearance and configure job processing options with the Preferences command... To view and change Splash Server preferences, choose Preferences from the Server menu in the Splash Server application... The Splash Server Preferences appear...

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When the Compress Save-As-TIFF Files checkbox is selected, Splash applies RLE compression when it creates TIFF files... Select this server preference to reduce the size of TIFF files created by the Splash Server... (Splash creates a TIFF file when the Save as TIFF option is selected for the job... See the Printing to Splash... on-line manuals for information about the Save as TIFF print option... )

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The Pipeline Buffer is the amount of memory in the Splash Server that is used to store RIPped jobs for printing and accelerate the printing of some jobs... If you have installed the Splash Pipeline Buffer Upgrade Kit, set this to 128MB... If you have problems with running out of memory on the Splash Server, you should set this to Off...

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The Map A4/Letter and A3/Tabloid server preference is useful if you frequently print on Letter and Tabloid paper sizes, but occasionally you receive an A4 or A3 job... If this checkbox is selected and no A4 or A3 paper is loaded at the printer/copier, Splash automatically converts the A4 job to print on Letter paper... Jobs with A3 paper selected print on Tabloid paper...

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Select an option for Save Preview Thumbnail to specify whether to generate a preview image (thumbnail) for a job when it is processed at the server... The pre- view for each page takes approximately 50KB of space on the disk... The pre- view displays on the Splash Server when the job is selected and while the job is being printed... A user at the Splash Server can view the preview images at any time by selecting the job and using the arrow keys to page through the thumb- nails... You can choose to save previews:

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Macintosh clients can view and control the Splash queues remotely with the Splash Status DA... The Remote Queue Management options control a clients ability to manipulate jobs in the Splash queues... (If the Splash Web Queue Management option is enabled for the server, the option you select here applies to both Macintosh clients and Web Queue Manager users... )

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When the Splash Toner Limitation feature is enabled, for best printing results, enable Splash CMYK color correction for all documents that include CMYK data... If the output shows small dark areas that are much darker than the surrounding dark areas, either disable Splash Toner Limitation, or select a press CMYK profile for CMYK color correction...

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When print jobs include PANTONE, Toyo, HKS, or DIC spot colors (created with an application that supports these press ink colors), Splash will simulate the spot colors in your composite prints... Refer to the Printing to Splash... on-line manuals for information about how to select the Composite Spot Color Correction feature at the printer driver...

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Set the screen Angle for each color pass... For best results, position the screens so that the dots form a symmetrical pattern... Incorrect screening angles result in a moir pattern in the final output...

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Use the scroll bar on the right to adjust brightness... Click in the color circle to select a color or define a specific color with the text boxes on the left... Click OK to choose the color and return to the Splash Preferences dialog box...

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Setting CMYK Color Correction Profiles Splash provides three standard CMYK press ink color correction profiles and ten custom CMYK profiles... The CMYK color correction profiles simulate commercial press inks in your output when you print CMYK documents to Splash... To apply color correction to a job, enable Splash CMYK Press Color Correction in the printer driver, then select one of the three standard or ten custom CMYK profiles... If needed, you can change the color profiles that are applied when the one of the three standard CMYK profiles or the ten custom CMYK profiles is selected...

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The Drop Folder and the Unprintable Files folder are pre-configured for network sharing... These folders must remain in the Splash Folder to operate correctly with the Splash Server application... For easy network access, an alias for the Drop folder is located on the Splash Server desktop... Do not select the Drop Folder as the folder you save to when you create a PostScript file...

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EPS files that are dragged to the server window for printing cannot contain the / character anywhere in the filename or in the directory path for the EPS file... The directory path shows the location of the EPS file on the hard disk... It includes all directories or folders starting with the hard disk name, and ending with the name of the directory or folder that contains the EPS file...

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Starting a Log File The Splash log file records information about each print job... If you quit the Splash Server application, or if the Macintosh restarts, the log file automatically starts recording as soon as the Server application starts up again... The log file is located in the Splash Folder... If you move the file Splash... log out of the Splash Folder, the server automatically begins a new log file...

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The Print Job Log options let you sort job information by customer or by date, and can add subtotal information for each customer... You can print all entries in the job log, or only the entries added since the last job log printed... Select a paper source for the job log then click Print...

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When you choose this server command, Splash applies special formatting to the information in the Splash... log file and prints an easy-to-read report at the copier... The log file report automatically groups print jobs by user and contains the following fields for each job:

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Adding Fonts to the Splash Server The Splash Server provides 136 Roman PostScript fonts for use with your print jobs... (See the Splash Reference on-line manual for a complete list of the fonts provided with Splash... ) Print jobs that use the PostScript fonts provided with Splash print faster because these fonts are resident at the printer and are not downloaded with the print job... If you frequently use fonts that were not provided with Splash, you can download these fonts to the Splash Server to speed up printing...

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As fonts download to Splash, the Server status area in the upper-right of the Splash Server window shows the message Updating Fonts... After fonts are downloaded this message continues to display while the Splash Server rebuilds its internal list of fonts... When the Server status returns to Idle the Splash Server is ready to receive and print jobs that use the downloaded fonts... Click GO in the Splash Server window to continue print processing...

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3... Click on the Splash driver icon or the LaserWriter 8 icon... If your AppleTalk network is organized into zones, select the correct AppleTalk zone for the Splash Server...

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9... Select a font you want to download to the Splash Server from the list on the left, then click Add... The font appears in the list on the right...

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Windows 3... 1 clients that use Miramar Systems MACLAN Connect software to connect to Splash cannot download fonts to the Splash Server with a font downloading utility... Fonts must be downloaded with print jobs...

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To increase the number of jobs the Server application can manage in the print queues, you must allocate additional system memory to the Splash Server application... Print jobs each take about 10K of memory, so for example, to manage an additional 100 jobs in the print queues you must increase memory for the Splash Server application by 1MB...

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The Splash Server has an automatic RIP While Receive capability... This increases productivity significantly for all customers... Automatic RIP While Receive reduces print wait time by increasing RIP efficiency by ensuring that the CPSI is never idle while print jobs are present... RIP While Receive keeps track of all print jobs (including jobs that are in transit to the Splash Server) and directs CPSI processing of jobs as follows:

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Splash allows multiple jobs all to be received and spooled simultaneously over the network, instead of being forced to wait when any other job is already spooling... This effectively eliminates productivity loss due to a blocking of the spooling access in heavy use environments... Each job being received from the network appears visually in the queue with an R next to it to indicate that it is currently being received over the network and spooled... The R disappears once the job has fully spooled and is active in the queue...

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To disable EtherTalk on the Splash Server, point to Control Panels in the Apple menu, then drag to choose the AppleTalk control panel... Choose Printer Port or Modem Port in the Connect via menu to switch the AppleTalk network from EtherTalk to LocalTalk... (This does not interfere with the ability to print to Splash from Novell print queues with Splash NetWare Direct... Print jobs will resume downloading to Splash from Novell NetWare print queues after the Splash Server is restarted... )

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If you use the Splash Installer to remove the Splash software from the server computer, the Installer may show a message that reports the software removal was unsuccessful... This message appears when spool files or TIFF files are present in the Spool Folder or TIFF Folder when you attempt to remove the Splash software... However, the Splash Server application was successfully removed from the computer's hard disk...

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Adobe Photoshop compatibility 14 Export plug-in 11 file format vs... TIFF file format 25 file size 26 memory requirements 28 scanned image storage 24 separation tables for Splash 10 Splash Acquire plug-in 11, 14, 23 Splash Export plug-in 14, 23

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EPS file default print settings 40 filename restrictions 55 paper size 56 print margins 55 printing 53

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Log file description 12 field descriptions 58 maintaining the log 57 starting a new log 56

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Print jobs default settings for 40 maximum allowed in queues 64 spooling at the server 16 viewing options selected for 37

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TIFF files default print settings 40 format vs... Adobe Photoshop 25 paper size 56 print margins 55 printing 53 server disk space 25

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